From your business model to accessing capital, an accelerator will fast-track your startup whilst connecting you to important networks and a supportive ecosystem.
Fast-track your startup growth.
The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, coach and mentor selected startups to create successful high growth businesses.
The heart of this program are the mentors, who bring substantial experience in startups, investing, raising capital, sales, business development, and significant industry and investor networks. You’ll meet mentors regularly, develop your business and work toward a pitch for up to $100,000 investment from the mentors. With this money, you’ll make more progress and connect to more investors.
Looking to raise money from angel investors or venture capital? Book an intro meeting to find out more.
Applications for the GRIFFIN Accelerator open 1 June 2022.
If selected to join the program, you will be paired with a lead mentor who will meet with you fortnightly to provide guidance and coaching on how best to take your business forward. Every other week you will meet with the GRIFFIN Accelerator team and your fellow GRIFFIN cohort for regular accountability sessions.
Couple this with additional guidance from experienced entrepreneurs, workshops, and seminars, GRIFFIN provides you with comprehensive support from day one. You will have a dedicated desk space in a thriving community of entrepreneurs and innovators, in the heart of Canberra City and take part in a calendar of events to meet and connect with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Australia.
At the conclusion of the program, you will pitch to the mentors for up to $100,000. The griffin mentor investment terms are a SAFE note (non-repayable, converts to shares if you raise more investment). This investment structure can be suitable for companies that have already raised or are just starting to talk to investors.
Participants will also be supported by mentors to connect to their wider investor networks, and you will be able to access investors from Canberra and beyond through the CBRIN Annual Investor Showcase.
If you’re not sure if Griffin Accelerator is a fit for you – definitely talk to us!
What our teams say
If anybody’s got an idea and wants to take it to market, think about two things: One is, just believe in it. Second, make sure you’ve got the right people around you because the input from everybody at CBRIN and the GRIFFIN Accelerator has really helped make this viable.
The greatest benefit of an accelerator program, like GRIFFIN, is that it provides you with a forcing function that causes you to focus on the immediate needs at hand to get your business to the next level for your customers.
The GRIFFIN Accelerator has been amazing and a great way to clearly articulate my business idea and strategy, meet great mentors and make some great connections.
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