Applications for ON Accelerate are now open, but we understand that submitting an application can be scary!

In a two-part series, we’ll take a look at some tips from our Facilitators and graduate teams on how to create a winning application.

But why?

  • Be clear about WHY your team wants to do ON Accelerate – what specifically do you want as outcomes from participating in ON Accelerate? – David Burt, ON Enterprise Manager
  • Ensure that you can articulate and demonstrate your value proposition for your start-up – make the customer value explicit. Remember, the #1 reason a start-up fails is that they build a solution for a problem where there is no market. – Brad Sparkes, ON graduate (Cloud180CAM)
  • In my view, a strong application answers these questions clearly and simply:
    1. What would change in the world, and for whom, if the target problem was solved?
    2. What is unique about this team’s solution?
    3. What does the team want to get from Accelerate? – Jonathan Lacey, ON graduate (Australian Silicon Photonics)
  • Be very clear on your idea’s value propositions – where are the benefits? To whom? Provide evidence that you have spoken to potential customers. Lastly, is your idea scalable? Provide evidence. – Geoff Tuck, ON graduate (Marine Visual Technologies)

Keep it simple

  • Answer the question! Constantly refer back to the question to check if you are addressing what has been asked. – David Burt, ON Enterprise Manager
  • Be concise. As researchers who are passionate about our topics, the tendency is to over-elaborate, often to the detriment of clarity. – Joss Kesby, ON graduate (Diffuse Energy)
  • Write clearly and without using jargon or undefined acronyms – your application is probably going to be assessed by people who aren’t experts in your domain. Be kind to them and they will be kind to you. – David Burt, ON Enterprise Manager
  • Clearly articulate the problem – its size, its severity, and its impact. For me, the only way of achieving this clarity within strict word limits is draft, re-draft, and draft again. Don’t be precious about your ‘final’ draft. It will only improve with feedback. – Josephine Muir, ON graduate (Noisy Guts)

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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