New, bigger, more ambitious! Get ready to accelerate your business or social enterprise idea with UQ’s ilab premier early-stage accelerator program. The applications are now open for the new Germinate PLUS!

Germinate PLUS includes a number of key enhancements, in addition to the benefits of the previous program:

- Grant funding for each startup accepted into the program will increase from $10,000 to $20,000 

- Germinate Plus will remain equity free to ensure our founders have as much flexibility in later investments engagements 

- Redesigned from a three to a six-month program 

- An enhanced program structure will flexibly accommodate study commitments whilst supporting an extended product development timeframe 

- The Germinate Plus program will accept 12 startup teams (rather than 10 with the previous program)

- Eligible startups will include key founders who are current undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and recent UQ alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years 

- Access to desk space and amenities for the duration of the program

- Regular seminars in areas relevant to early-stage startups

- Access to mentors, our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a network of professionals and potential investors

- Access to a range of partnership benefits from Google, Microsoft, AWS, Hubspot, Matlab and others.

The UQ founders in the Germinate PLUS program will continue to challenge for UQ’s Shane Chidgzey Young Entrepreneur cash prize awarded at the end of the program.

Applications are now open and will close on 25th November followed by a selection bootcamp from 7th to 9th of December. Germinate PLUS will then operate from January 2019 through to July 2019.