Canberra's Largest
Entrepreneurship program

providing the necessary skills, tools and networks
to those looking to begin their entrepreneurial journey

Launching in August


Unleash your inner

InnovationACT (IACT) is a learning journey where teams participate in workshops, hear from experts and build connections within the startup community.

Each year, hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs from across Canberra take part in IACT, with the top ideas sharing the $50,000 seed pool.

The program is open to students, staff and graduates of Canberra's major tertiary institutions.

Ready to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey? Participate in IACT16.

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Supporting the next
generation of innovators
& entrepreneurs

We have an experienced group of mentors from a range of disciplines to help guide the teams on their way as they develop their ventures.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and looking to give back to the community? Mentor an IACT16 team.

become a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, send us a message and we will follow up with you directly.


Demonstrating what Canberra's Startup community has to offer

We are proud to be part of the local innovation ecosystem and help link teams to the rest of the community, though networking oppportunities, speakers and expert consultations.

Interested in connecting with some of the next big ideas? Get involved as an IACT16 Community Supporter.

support the program

If you are interested in becoming a supporter, send us a message and we will follow up with you directly.


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"Innovation ACT was a fantastic experience, having the opportunity to mentor and help such a smart, enthusiastic and committed team was great. In addition the benefits and growth that have come personally from participating in the program and Canberra innovation ecosystem have been fantastic"

""The InnovationACT program allowed me and my business partner to transform our idea into a reality. The workshops were instrumental to the development of our creative agency, and events such as the Pitch Night and Awards Nights gave us the opportunity to connect with other business co-founders and investors. "

Taka Perry, IACT15 participant and Co-founder - Mude

"Supporting IACT provided Canary Trade Mark Assistance with more than just an opportunity to meet interesting people while sharing, sharpening and promoting our skills: it also helped loop us in to the larger tapestry of innovation in Canberra."

Jarrod Farquhar-Nicol, Director -Canary Trade Mark Assistance

“IACT is a key part of the CBR innovation ecosystem… and we are already seeing a number of the business ideas generated moving into the broader CBR innovation ecosystem”

Dr Sarah Pearson, Chair - CBR Innovation Network

“The variety and quality of candidates for the InnovationACT competition was astounding and added great value to the CBR innovation ecosystem”

Uwe Boettcher, Principal - Bottcher Law and serial angel investor

We're bringing research & education to the innovation sector

IACT helps to nurture the innovators of Canberra's tertiary institutions, providing an avenue for entrepreneurs to further develop their skills and ideas.

Looking to foster innovation in your institution?
Become an official IACT16 Partner.

become an IACT16 partner

If you are interested in becoming a partner, send us a message and we will follow up you directly.


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