Innovation Programs

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The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Navigation Tool provides up-to-date information about programs, funding and expert help to support you progress your idea and translate your research. From student initiatives to innovation accelerators, you can explore and apply for programs relevant to your career stage, project status, and research interest.

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Research and student innovation programs

MDHS Health Innovation and Enterprise Bootcamp

The MDHS Health Innovation and Enterprise Bootcamp provides an immersive introduction to healthcare innovation and impact for PhD candidates enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Participants in the program:

  • Learn about the principles of innovation and impact including entrepreneurship and commercialisation pathways from industry start-up founders, entrepreneurs and researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
  • Interact with students from a diverse range of disciplines from across the Faculty.
  • Practice presenting and communicating a health innovation project to an audience.

Read more about the October 2023 Bootcamp here.

Key Dates:
2024 program dates will be announced in the new year.

Further Information:
Queries can be directed via email to

Leaders' Lunch Seminar Series

The monthly Leaders’ Lunch seminar series aims to bring leaders from across the faculty to learn from inspiring, entrepreneurial and innovative guest speakers from academia, government and industry. The seminars will focus on fostering a culture of innovation and developing an ecosystem that supports the next generation of innovative leaders.

Seminar 1 - 18 April 2023
Guest speaker: Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria's Lead Scientist, Victorian State Government.

Seminar 2 - 16 May 2023
Guest speaker: Professor Buzz Palmer, Director Program Design and Development (MDHS Innovation & Enterprise), CEO MedTech Actuator.

Seminar 3 - 20June 2023
Guest speaker:  Alex Newton, A/Prof Christiane Theda and Mubin Yousuf from Navi Medical Technologies.

Seminar 4 - 25 July 2023
Guest speaker:  Dr Andrew Ronchi, CEO dorsaVi and UoM Enterprise Fellow.

Seminar 5 - 15 August 2023
Guest speaker: The Honorable Greg Hunt, Enterprise Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences and Faculty of Business & Economics.

Seminar 6 -  19 September 2023
Guest speaker: Professor Robyn Langham, Chief Medical Adviser, Therapeutics Goods Administration.

SPARK Melbourne

SPARK Melbourne is a university and industry partnership program that supports our researchers in their efforts to translate their research discoveries into therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices that benefit patients.


TRAM is a gateway to research entrepreneurship and industry engagement for ambitious researchers. The TRAM suite of programs are designed to quickly develop entrepreneurial thinking within proven frameworks to maximise the real-world impact of research-based projects. TRAM is open to all researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

Melbourne Accelerator Program

MAP was launched in 2012 as the first University-aligned accelerator in Australia. Each year 10 teams are selected to take part in the MAP Accelerator Program, where they receive mentoring from some of Australia’s most brilliant business minds, as well as access to a global network of advisors, channel partners and investors.

Women Founders Network

The Women Founders Network is open to those from the University of Melbourne or recent alumni that identify as Women Entrepreneurs and offers an informal community of trusted advisors for testing ideas, seeking solutions and learning from the experiences of successful innovators over regular brunch events.

Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre

The Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre offers a gateway to the entrepreneurial opportunities available within the University of Melbourne for students, alumni and the general public including pitch nights, hackathons, masterclasses, workshops and other programs.

Innovation Acceleration Program

The Innovation Acceleration Program is a joint initiative between Western Health and the University of Melbourne established to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship between the health care sector and research teams. This exciting opportunity links compelling problems and unmet needs from the health sector with world-class research and commercialisation expertise at the University of Melbourne.

Melbourne Bioinnovation Student Initiative

Based at the University of Melbourne, the MBSI brings together undergraduate, postgraduate and medical students who share an interest in technology and its applications in medicine and the biological sciences. The initiative aims to support students with backgrounds across science, engineering and medicine with opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration and learning.

Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program

The Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program (AUSCEP) aims to up skill clinicians and accelerate innovation by developing the entrepreneurial and innovation mindset of Australia's healthcare professionals to create positive change for the Australian healthcare system.

Melbourne Connect

Melbourne Connect is a purpose-built innovation precinct in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical precinct that brings together world-class researchers, government, industry, SMEs, startups, higher-degree students, artists, and Science Gallery Melbourne.

Learning and teaching innovation programs

Explore funding and professional development opportunities, teaching innovation programs, and contacts that can support you to deliver innovative learning and teaching experiences for our students by visiting MDHS Education on the staff intranet.

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