2023 at the Canberra Innovation Network!

As the new year is creeping up fast, we are getting ready to kick off another action-packed year of events, workshops, and programs to help bring innovation magic to Canberra!  

First Wednesday Connect  

Kicking off in February is First Wednesday Connect at the Canberra Innovation Network.  

The new year will bring new opportunities and new connections, find them here on 1 February 2023 from 5 PM at the Canberra Innovation Network. Hear from Canberra’s innovators, creatives, and entrepreneurs in lightning fast 60 second pitches.   

Learn more about First Wednesday Connect here 

Female Founders 

Female Founders is back on 7 February 2023 and ready to empower women in innovation foster meaningful connections, learn from others and join a community of incredible and inspiring minds. Don’t miss out on insightful conversations, a great lunch, and the opportunity to learn something new from Canberra’s incredible network of women in innovation.  

Learn more about Female Founders here 

Billion Dollar Panel 

Come along to Billion Dollar Panel on the 21 February 2023 to hear about the multifaceted journey of entrepreneurial success from someone that has worked hard, made mistakes, learnt from them and finally made it to the top. The keynote will be announced in 2023, but we can assure you this is not one to miss!  

Learn more about Billion Dollar Panel here. 

Idea to Impact 

Heading into March we have the Idea to Impact’s 10-week customer challenge starting up again for the first round of 2023! If you have an idea brewing, this is your chance to get those wheels moving. This intensive program is built for innovators ready to kick off their journey, introducing practical tools to master the art of turning ambitious ideas into high-impact ventures.  

Learn more about Idea to Impact here 


The Innovation Connect Grant will be opening for the first round of 2023! The ICON Grant offers eligible early-stage innovative entrepreneurs and startups matched-funded grants between $10,000 – $30,000 to kick-start their growth journey.  

If you’re interested in applying, simply book an intro meeting in the new year to find out more!  

More information about the Innovation Connect Grant can be found here 


Our dedicated and experienced SME program encourages small and medium enterprises to incorporate innovation to help maximise growth and success.   

The 2023 SME Accelerator is now open for expressions of interest. Join a powerhouse of entrepreneurs, mentors and innovators with experience in small and medium businesses in this two-day program dedicated to helping SME’s use lean innovation methods to grow. The inaugural event saw 23 SME’s graduate from the program and achieve success. Two SME Graduates, Adele Haussmann from Her Smile and Victoria Pearce from Endangered Heritage, were recognised with an award at the 2022 Altitude Awards in Sydney this month.  

Learn more about opportunities for SME’s here.  

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