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

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

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

Health Innovation and Enterprise Bootcamp

The MDHS Health Innovation and Enterprise Bootcamp is a new initiative aimed at providing an immersive introduction to healthcare innovation and impact for students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The first bootcamp will be held in person from 25th - 27th June 2023. Places in the MDHS Health Innovation and Enterprise Bootcamp are limited.

Current Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students can express their interest to participate in the bootcamp via the online registration form by 5pm on Thursday 8th June 2023. Further information is available here.

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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