How to apply

Melbourne InnovatEd is designed to incentivise, support and drive the creation and uptake of EdTech innovations within the Tertiary setting at the University

Key dates

12 July 2021

InnovatEd Bootcamp applications open

19 July 2021

Incubation Funding applications open

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9 -13 August 2021

Employability week

6 September 2021
5pm EST

InnovatEd Bootcamp applications close

10 - 12 September 2021 *new date due to COVID lockdown

InnovatEd Bootcamp

30 September 2021
5pm EST

Incubation Funding applications close

October 2021 (TBC)

5MF pitch event

October 2021

Incubation Funding awarded

Bootcamp applications

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.

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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.

Seed funding application form

Selection criteria

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.

  1. Written application

    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 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.

  2. 5MF pitch

    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.

  3. 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

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