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Event name: D.Start

Event type: Pre-accelerator program

Date: 28 September to 27 November 2020

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Supported by: Department of Defence in partnership with CSIRO

What is D.Start?


D.Start is an innovation and entrepreneurship program that empowers Australian researchers and small to medium businesses to:

  • connect with Defence
  • identify real-world science or technology applications
  • attract the resources needed to translate the application to a capability

The program is an eight-week hands-on learning experience designed for research teams of 2 to 5 members to work on projects with the potential to shape Australia’s security or give our Defence Force an edge. The program is modelled on the highly successful ON Prime: Defence program and combines expert knowledge with powerful connections to increase the opportunity for successful translation into Defence capability.

Benefits of attending


The D.Start program will help:

  • you understand and navigate the complex Defence and defence industry landscape
  • open doors for you and fast-track your understanding of how to do business with Defence
  • identify your ideal customer, start the conversation, and validate the problem you solve

Who can apply?


The program is open to Australian businesses, industry portfolio research agencies (PFRAs) and their teams working on science or technology for Defence application.

Teams can apply at any stage of their project and in any discipline. We’re particularly interested in teams that have yet to explore Defence as a potential customer or those who are keen to explore new pathways for commercialisation.

How do I apply?


Registrations close 12pm AEST, 27 August 2020. For more information, key program dates and how to apply visit D.Start.