Event name: D.Start Ignite Winter 2021

Event type: Pre-accelerator program

Date: 24 May to 19 July 2021

Venue: Delivered virtually nation wide

Cost: Free

Supported by: Department of Defence in partnership with CSIRO

What is D.Start Ignite


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

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

The D.Start Ignite 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 opportunity for successful translation.

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 small to medium enterprises, research organisations (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 are keen to explore new pathways for commercialisation.

How do I apply?


Registrations close midnight AEDT Friday 2 April 2021. For more information, key program dates and how to apply visit D.Start.

Apply now

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