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GRIFFIN Accelerator Applications now open

Jodi Morrell

Do you have an idea? Do you think it might change the world? The GRIFFIN Accelerator program could be for you! The GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program opened applications on Friday with an address by Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The program is three months of intensive interaction with a group of experienced Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected start-ups create successful, innovative businesses.

Fitting in nicely with the ACT Government’s vision for a progressive, innovative Canberra the Chief Minister on Friday expressed his support for the program.

“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister during his address.

The program is supported by the CBR Innovation Network, an initiative of the ACT Government established in 2014, to facilitate an open collaboration of innovators, dedicated to developing a thriving and diverse innovation ecosystem within the ACT.

This year the GRIFFIN Accelerator program is seeking up to 10 teams of passionate entrepreneurs who want their innovation to have a big impact. The program will coach successful applicants through the process of establishing a viable business and pitching to investors, all the while being supported in their start-up journey by mentors who have already been successful in their own start-ups.

“We’re looking for entrepreneurs with ambitious and innovative ideas we can work with to make an impact on the world,” says GRIFFIN Accelerator CEO Craig Davis upon launching the program. The program is now in its second year with an expanded space at Entry 29 to operate from in 2015.

Entry 29 is a community organisation whose central goal is to grow Canberra’s start-up ecosystem via the operation of a co-working space for digital start-ups. The GRIFFIN Accelerator intake for 2015 will be located in the Entry 29 Space at Level 5, 1 Moore Street. Entry 29 has created a co-working space which provides an environment where digital start-ups can develop product, hold meetings, and attend events and network with local mentors, investors and peers.

The mentors involved in the program are all passionate about supporting innovative start-ups and together provide up to $300,000 worth of private venture capital to invest into the accelerator start-ups. The mentors bring substantial experience in working with entrepreneurs, a broad range of skills and experience as well as significant industry and investor networks to achieve their vision of making Canberra the innovation capital.

Mr Davis and his team are particularly passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs and the four female mentors involved in the program are highly experienced and successful businesswomen who are keen to share their knowledge. The GRIFFIN Accelerator program aims to give budding entrepreneurs somewhere to go when they have a new idea to share, and create a road map for them to follow when they get there.

Together with Entry 29 and the CBR Innovation Network, GRIFFIN Accelerator is focused on connecting innovative businesses and entrepreneurs with the networks and information needed for success. Growing the innovation sector in Canberra will contribute to economic development of the territory. The unique concentration of outstanding education and research institutions, entrepreneurs, innovative high growth businesses and large multinationals mean Canberra has the potential to position itself as a globally recognised hub of entrepreneurial success. Embracing start-up businesses will diversify the economy, have a positive social impact and contribute to modernising Canberra into a dynamic global village.

Start-ups and entrepreneurs can enter their ideas into the GRIFFIN Accelerator start-up selection process by contacting the program through the Griffin Accelerator website. Applications close on 1 May and there are pre-program events scheduled from now throughout the rest of February, March and April which will be open to all entrepreneurs.

The pre-program events are open to anyone and will cover a range of basic aspects of start-up business but also aim to give deeper insights based on the experience of expert presenters. Attending these free events is a great way to get a feel for the program, the people involved and the benefits it can provide to your start-up business or innovative idea.

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Jodi Morrell

Jodi Morrell recently abandoned her long-term public service career to pursue her passion for writing full time. She is passionate about politics, federal and local, and loves to explore and understand opposing political standpoints. Jodi loves travel, good food and wine, fitness and obstacle races (the muddier the better) and books. More about the Author

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