External entrepreneurship opportunities

Provider business unit: Innovation ANU »

ANU provides a range of innovation-related training for the University's staff and students, but we also work closely with a range of organisations and initiatives to make additional opportunities available to ANU, including networking events to engage with the local innovation community, advanced startup training for entrepreneurs, etc.



CBR Innovation Network

CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) is an open collaboration of people that form the Innovation Ecosystem in Canberra. The innovation community that CBRIN represents and supports include world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and startups, investors and venture capital, ACT and Federal Government, etc.

More information: Via CBRIN website

GRIFFIN Accelerator

GRIFFIN Accelerator is a 3 month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected startups to create successful businesses. For three months we work with you intensively and then help you present your business to investors. 

More information: Via GRIFFIN website

KILN Incubator

KILN is a Canberra based business incubator. We partner with early stage technology- and science-based startups, as well as with high-growth innnovative SMEs to help them raise capital, build growth teams and scale-up to national and global markets. 

More information: Via KILN website

The Mill House Accelerator

The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator is a three-month, capacity building program designed to accelerate the business growth and impact of not-for-profit and for-profit social ventures.

More information: Via The Mill House website


ON is a science and technology accelerator, run by CSIRO. They offer a ON Prime, a free, part-time pre-accelerator program, and ON Accelerate, a full-time accelerator for high potential innovative ventures.

More information: Via the ON website


Upcoming events

Event When About
First Wednesday Connect
by CBR Innovation Network
First Wednesday of every month.

A free, monthly networking event that includes short pitches, a surprise guest speaker and drinks. It is open to all business people, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, students and investors interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. More info via the CBRIN website

Research to Impact workshops
by CBR Innovation Network

Multiple cohorts throughout the year.

An intensive program for entrepreneurial researchers introducing practical tools that help take your idea out of the lab, engage with industry, and find new opportunities. More info via the CBRIN website. ANU researchers can apply for a $2,000 scholarship to cover cost of workshops.

ON Prime


Two cohorts per year.

An entry level, part-time pre-accelerator that helps research teams validate their research and discover a real world application for it. More info via the ON website.