Accelerating successful startups beyond Monash
With more than 300 people in the room at the Goods Shed North, the new Victorian Innovation Hub in the heart of Docklands, The Generator concluded its 2018 Accelerator Program with a bang. The annual showcase featured the nine startups in the program, with each delivering a short, sharp three-minute pitch to guests from across Monash, industry and the Melbourne startup community.
With ideas ranging from a platform that help international students secure accommodation, through to next-generation space-rocket engines, the startups supported by The Generator are a reflection of Monash’s diverse community.
The annual 12-week Accelerator Program helps Monash startups map their journey and enhance their growth and learnings via mentoring and support, as well providing a Clayton-based co-working space and seed funding. The cohort is exposed to founders, experts and investors from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Melbourne and beyond.
The first Accelerator at Monash was run in 2015 as a pilot and received 40 applications Fast-forward to 2018, and more than 185 applications show that the demand is rapidly growing for support relating to starting a business.
The Generator’s program manager, Helena Fern, said it’s been amazing to watch the growth in these early-stage founders over the past 12 weeks and see just how far they’ve grown their businesses in that time.
“Not only do they gain so much business-wise, but the greatest growth we see is personal. We’re seeing our graduates not only shape their careers, but create new jobs and industries through these early-stage startups.”
It’s just the start of the journey for our founders, and while the formal program may have concluded, the Accelerator alumni will continue to be supported by Monash. As well as the Accelerator Program, The Generator offers a range of support services and programs, including one-on-one advice with an entrepreneur in residence, use of co-working space on campus, inspirational events and a five-week product validation program for launching an idea.
The 2018 Accelerator startups and founders included:
Josh Lynch and Manoj Dias
Delivering meditation experiences
Marten Jurg and Andrey Molotnikov
Quality assurance for metal 3D printing.
Sam Donegan and Cindy Li
Connecting parents of children with autism with occupational therapy students.
Nikita Fernandes and Anish Calpakam
Improving the employability of underrepresented students using alumni data.
Devarshi Desai and Jocelyn Wardle
Accommodation for international students made simple.
Personalising subscription boxes for menopausal women.
Joel Weightman, Graham Bell, Dominic Tan and Thomas Knast
Building efficient and renewable rocket engines.
Zac Leigh and Jason Webb
A marketplace for reselling tickets. We protect fans and help event organisers.
Jacques de Kock
The world's most intuitive electric skateboard.