GRIFFIN Accelerator

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Fast-track your startup growth.

GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program that gets startups moving fast and achieving sustainable business success.

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 to rapidly develop your business and work toward a pitch for up to $100,000 investment. This money will help you to prove your concept and advance to the next level of investment.

Applications for the GRIFFIN Accelerator are closed.

Benefits of the program

  • Access to expert mentors
  • Accelerated learning through relevant seminars led by experts
  • Qualify for matched funding through the Innovation Connect Grant Program (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Access to 6 months coworking space at the Canberra Innovation Network
  • Pitch for up to $100k investment at the conclusion of the program
  • Further access to investors and industry connections

GRIFFIN Accelerator applications will open in mid 2023

What's involved?

If selected to join the program, you will be paired with a lead mentor who will meet with you regularly to provide guidance and coaching on how best to take your business forward. Once per 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.


Is the 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?

Are there conditions for joining the program?

If you are successful, you will agree to actively participate in the program, including weekly accountability sessions, weekly seminars, annual updates, and take part in key program events.

What are the key dates for the program?

  • 4 July – Applications close
  • 18 July – Shortlist pitch day
  • 8 August – Program kick-off
  • 14 November – Final pitch to the GRIFFIN Mentors

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