GRIFFIN Accelerator

Looking for purpose driven mentors and investors to help grow your company?

The GRIFFIN Accelerator pairs ambitious founders in Canberra with expert local mentors to unlock opportunities and achieve sustainable business growth.

Over 11 weeks, you’ll find new ways to grow your business, develop pathways to customers and make product progress.

Applications to join the GRIFFIN 11 cohort close 10th July 2024.

Don’t miss out – join the Online Info Session Monday 17 June to find out more!

GRIFFIN Accelerator was established in 2014 and has supported over 50 local startups across various industries

The Program

📈 Be part of a tight-knit, high performing cohort

🪴Be empowered by a network of experienced mentors and passionate entrepreneurs

☕Get full-time membership to a thriving coworking space for the duration of the program

📝 Immerse yourself in content designed by business experts

💻Access AWS credits to scale seamlessly + other accelerator partnership benefits

💬Receive mentor support during and post program

⚖️Connect with expert advisors for legal, accounting, R&D & more

💰Pitch for up to $100K investment from the mentors (SAFE Terms)

🔓Unlock industry connections and pathways to customers

💸 Opportunities for further investment opportunities and funding pathways


Is GRIFFIN Accelerator Program right for me? 💭

  • You have a great team/are a founder looking to grow your team
  • You have an innovative competitive advantage and big market opportunity
  • You’re looking for experienced mentorship
  • You are currently raising/looking to raise capital

If this sounds like you, then you may be suitable!

What companies have participated in the GRIFFIN Accelerator? 💼

What are the terms? 🖊️

To participate in the program, you will agree to actively participate in the workshops and sessions with your mentors. 

You will also agree to accept investment (if offered) of up to $100K from the GRIFFIN Trust at the conclusion of the program under SAFE Note terms (35% discount or $2,000,000 valuation cap at trigger event).

This is outlined in the Participation Agreement prior to program kick-off.

Key dates for the 2024 program 🗓️

  • 10 July- Applications close
  • 22 July – Shortlist pitch day
  • 19 August – Program kick-off
  • 4 November – Final pitch for investment
  • 11 November – Networking + End of Program Celebration
  • March 2025 – Canberra Innovation Network Annual Investor Showcase

What’s the time commitment? ⌚

During the 10-week program, you will be expected to attend in-person 2hr sessions each week on a Monday (10am-12pm). These will alternate between sessions on making progress on your business with support from your mentors and relevant content delivered by subject matter experts. In addition, you’ll negotiate when you’ll meet separately with your mentors and the broader support network.

This equates to about 1 day per week.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, so we’ll aim to be flexible and work with your schedule as well.

What if I’m not looking for investment? 🤔

CBRIN provides a range of programs and events for founders – book a chat with us to find out what the best fit is.

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