Accelerator Program


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Joel Rockes of Agrinous talks about his accelerator program experience. (Watch this short video)


The Accelerator Program will be open to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs 18 years + (individuals and teams) that are looking to startup or scaleup a business idea to implement in Central Victoria. Entry will be open to early-stage founders through to those wishing to scaleup to national and international markets.


7 February – 31 May 2022 (total 12 sessions)

Core sessions will be scheduled to suit the participants.


Sessions will be delivered by Zoom and, when restrictions permit, some aspects of the program will be delivered in person.

NB: A strong internet connection is essential. If required and restrictions allow, access can be arranged to collaborative meeting places across the region with Wi-Fi access.


Three intense learning streams open to individuals and teams supported by experts, coaches and mentors:

  • Discovery – early-stage founders
  • Development – creation, testing and validation.
  • Advanced – scaling-up nationally and internationally
    A series of workshops, guest speakers and 1:1 mentoring sessions will be delivered under the guidance of La Trobe University.

Participants should commit to a flexible 8 hours of learning, self-development and mentoring per week.

Access will also be provided to an Investors Safe Pitch & Feedback Session and International Pitch Contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are looking for startups and scaleups who are ready to or have already validated their products/services to at least one market. You can be from any industry.

You and/or your business must be located in the Campaspe, Central Goldfields, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges or Mount Alexander local government areas.

Participants must be 18 years and over.

No. Collaboration is highly encouraged; however, you can enter as either an individual or as a team.

No. We are looking for startups and scaleups who are ready to or have already validated their products/services to at least one market.

Yes. If this is an issue for you or your team, there may be an opportunity to access a suitable space. Please contact us.

The Accelerator Program runs for 12 weeks
10 February– 31 May 2022 *subject to change/notification

We recommend you allow a minimum of 8 hours per week.

During the program, we foresee that you will attend 1 – 2 hours of coaching, 2 hours of webinars delivered by our partners, 4 – 6 hours’ worth of networking and engaging with partners. You will also need time to work individually on your business model.

Session times will be organised in consultation with the participants.

There is no fee to participate in this program. However, business initiation and participation (ie. travel /internet) expenses incurred will be your responsibility

By the end of the process your startup/scaleup shall be able to adapt its business model where necessary, as well as develop a go-to-market strategy which focuses on the next steps of the market entry.An ideal outcome will be that you will have your first international client and/or first partner or venture funding.

You will connect with fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and industry experts.

The City of Greater Bendigo is managing this program with funding received from Regional Development Victoria.

La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship and their partners have been engaged to deliver the coaching and training. Within their range of programs, they have supported over 111 start-ups over the past three years and counting.La Trobe University is a key partner to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Victoria.

This document is common practice to protect both parties. It will confirm that you understand your commitment to the program. Read a sample copy of the agreement

Complete the Google form on our website page and email to by 24 January 2022

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The StartUp Central Victoria project is funded by Regional Development Victoria, led by the City of Greater Bendigo, and resourced by La Trobe University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship team and partners