Melbourne InnovatEd is designed to incentivise, support and drive the creation and uptake of EdTech innovations within the Tertiary setting at the University
- 12 July 2021
InnovatEd Bootcamp applications open
- 19 July 2021
Incubation Funding applications open
- 9 -13 August 2021
- 6 September 2021
InnovatEd Bootcamp applications close
- 10 - 12 September 2021 *new date due to COVID lockdown
- 30 September 2021
Incubation Funding applications close
- October 2021 (TBC)
5MF pitch event
- October 2021
Incubation Funding awarded
The InnovatEd Bootcamp is delivered free at Melbourne Connect and leverages the existing innovation ecosystem within the University, drawing on expertise from Chancellery, Learning Environments, Academic Divisions, the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC) as well as engaging with industry mentors. To ensure we offer a diverse group of up to 45 Bootcampers the opportunity to participate we consider applications based on merit and our program selection criteria. We will be in touch within 24 hours after applications close on the 6th September 2021 to advise application outcomes.
Due to the recent announcement by the Victorian Premier that Victoria will enter lockdown, the Melbourne InnovatEd Bootcamp will be postponed by 4 weeks to the 10th, 11th and 12 September 2021. The Bootcamp experience is designed to be enjoyed in person but should COVID restrictions not allow us to come together by the 10th September, we are well prepared to move the entire Bootcamp to an engaging online format.
Incubation Seed Funding applications
InnovatEd Incubation Seed Funding engages a three step application process to learn not just about the idea but importantly the team involved. Step 1 is a brief written application, step 2 short listed applicants pitch their project and in step 3 finalists define with the program team what support will benefit and grow their project. Applications are open and close 5pm EST 30 September 2021.
InnovatEd Selection Committee
- David Israel (Chair), Director, Educational Innovation and Commercial Development, Chancellery (Academic), Office of the Provost
- Professor Colin McLeod, Executive Director, Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, Faculty of Business and Economics
- Deborah Jones, Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning Innovation, Student and Scholarly Services
- Dr Caroline Steel, Senior Strategic Consultant, Blackboard
- Associate Professor Kate Tregloan, Teaching and Learning; Assistant Dean (Teaching Quality), Director - Built Environments Learning + Teaching (BEL+T), Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning incorporating the Melbourne School of Design
- Associate Professor Anna Ryan, Director of Assessment, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School Enterprise
- Enterprise Professor Sandra Milligan, Director, Assessment Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The InnovatEd selection committee will consider incubation funding applications from projects at any of the stages of maturity below. Applications should address an identified problem related to teaching, learning and assessment applicable in the higher education domain, the solution options, market and competition, team composition and the stage of development of that team, possible impact or anticipated impact of their solution, and planned use of incubation seed funds.
Stages of innovation project maturity
Description or characteristics
An individual or team identify a substantial pain point or problem, have scoped solution options, and outlined the market and users for the solution.
Proof of concept (POC)
The project founder or team have a strong understanding of the pain point or problem, a developed proof of concept illustrates the solution's potential to address users’ needs and the solution's target market is defined.
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
The project founder or team have validated a substantial problem, designed a minimum viable product that reflects their understanding of the market and competitive landscape.
In trial or part use
The project founder or team have a deep understanding of the pain point or problem, have developed a solution that is in trial or part use and are building measurement evidence of its’ market fit.
In use (scale / growth) and/or prior participation in an incubator or accelerator program
The project founder or team justify the product market fit of their developed solution against a validated problem.
Eligible individuals or projects should complete and submit the provided application form addressing the selection criteria. Applicants are not required to have participated in the InnovatEd Bootcamp. Completed applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An application is expected to take 1 – 2 hours to complete. Submissions are reviewed by an expert panel to shortlist a small group of applicants who are invited to pitch to the selection panel the following week at the 5MinuteFunding event.
At the 5MinuteFunding shortlisted applicant teams have 5 minutes to convince the selection panel of their projects potential. Panel members engage with applicants to learn and discuss projects.
Bespoke tailored support
The final stage includes a negotiation process between the applicant team and the program staff to discuss and identify the milestones, both financial and non-financial for each InnovatEd project selected. The Selection Committee will confirm milestones and award funding based on the identified needs of the project. Incubation Funding will be tied to reporting obligations and will be released in tranches tied to milestones where appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have participated in the InnovatEd Bootcamp to be eligible to apply for the Incubator Funding program?
No, InnovatEd Incubation funding applicants are not required to have participated in the InnovatEd Bootcamp.
I am a University of Melbourne Alumni, can I apply for the InnovatEd program?
Yes, University of Melbourne Alumni who graduated in the previous 3 years may apply
Connect with us
The first step for all InnovatEd programs, is to register your interest so we can keep you updated.