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Start House - Accelerator

Start House - Accelerator

Start House - Accelerator

Regional innovation

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Distributing diversity in innovation across regional NSW.

You only pay $499

Program value $6,000

This program is supported by the Australian Government Incubator Support Initiative.

Hunter + Central Coast

Who Should Apply

Apply if:

  • Product/service

    You have an innovative product/service that has the potential of growing internationally.

  • At MVP 

    You are in the process of building or built a minimum viable product [MVP]

  • Can commit the time

    You can commit to working full-time or part-time in your business.

  • You have an ABN

    You have registered your business name and company in Australia. 

How It Works

We work with regionally disperse partners to deliver the Start House program, bringing experts in residence, mentors, applied business training and a network for start-ups and scale-ups. This program provides an ecosystem of support and a pathway to global opportunities. Start House works with business hubs to distribute this program across NSW and beyond. Join us for the next Discovery Session to meet your local ecosystem of support.

How It Works

The Accelerator Program is a 6-month program for new startups with at least a Minimum Viable Product in the process of being built and can commit to working on your business. It also must be innovative and globally scalable.

    • Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp

      By the end of this day, you will know if you're ready for the next phase to scale up. An intensive day of training that will cover IP, Capital Raising, Business Modeling and the Scaleup Business Model Canvas by our program trainers, alumni and mentors. 

    • Expert in Residence

      We know plenty by our experts in residence knows so much more in their specialisation. Access industry leaders in Capital Rasing, Finance, Growth strategies, International markets 

    • Pitch Practices

      Designed to help entrepreneurs create a pitch slide deck. Pitch to your peers and see your collective progress. These sessions will help you to understand how to craft a powerful message for engaging investors

    • Investor Ready Pitch Evenings

      As a startup, every opportunity you get to pitch your brand to a targeted audience of potential investors, partners and customers is invaluable. Start House provides entrepreneurs with a room full of investors and stakeholders in Newcastle and Sydney.

    • Accelerator Toolbox 

      Each participant will receive a toolbox of business tools, and free products and services to help them along the ideation journey.


This program is delivered by industry experts to help you apply your learning to your business. Our Mentors and Advisors are highly accomplished and experienced in operating a business.

Gordon Whitehead
Gordon Whitehead Senior Business Advisor

Tech head and tech mentor

Reda Haddadeh
Reda Haddadeh Senior Business Advisor

An international strategist with a big heart for community

Barrett Campbell
Barrett Campbell Chief Financial Officer

Our grounded, thought provoking CFO

Steve Wait
Steve Wait Acting Chief Executive Officer

Mentor and leader, sportsman and Scotsman

Michael Hilsden FAIM, FACS.
Michael Hilsden FAIM, FACS. Senior Business Advisor

International experience but passion for the Mid Coast


This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through Incubator Support Initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Program.

Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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