Frequently Asked Questions

What is the La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP)?

The La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP) is a start-up program that accelerates the development of start-ups over a 12-week period. The LTAP is open to regional community members and La Trobe staff, students or alumni. Successful teams receive up to $10,000 to bring their ideas to life plus access to:

  • mentors
  • work spaces
  • resources
  • seminars
  • workshops

Through our partnership with LaunchVic, Startup Vic and a whole host of other partners, the La Trobe Accelerator Program is uniquely positioned to unlock the innovation within Victoria’s regional communities.

Eligibility Criteria

i) At least one member of the team needs to be a student, staff or alumni from La Trobe University.

And / or
ii) All community members from regional Victoria are welcome to participate. The first condition (i) does not apply to them.

All applicants are required to be in attendance for the key dates.

All selected startups must be available for the Graduation Ceremony (more details below).

How do I apply?

Applications for the La Trobe Accelerator Program for 2019 will be open between March 20 and June 3. Please visit our homepage and click 'Apply Now' during this time to apply. For the selection process, please refer to the below section 'How does it work?'

How does it work?

There are two components of the La Trobe Accelerator Program:

1. La Trobe Accelerator Primer

(6 days over 2 weeks)


The primary purpose of a pre-accelerator program is to prepare teams for the selection into the 12-week accelerator.

For teams to be selected into Primer they must

  • be eligible – see eligibility criteria under 'What is the La Trobe Accelerator Program?'
  • have an innovative idea

The objective of Primer is to create the foundations and open-mindedness that is necessary to succeed as a startup. The program assists startups to better understand their immediate needs and goals in order to achieve substantial progress. Throughout the program, teams are supported and assessed by our experts.

For our 2019 intake, we expect to invite 25 - 30 teams in our LTAP Primer and select 10 - 15 in LTAP. We anticipate at least 50% of the cohort will be from regional Victoria. 

2. La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP)

(12 weeks)

Please refer to the information above.

Does the La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP) offer internships?

Yes! We pair students from the La Trobe Business School and College of Science, Health and Engineering with teams in our 12-week Program. Being involved in the program allows students to get relevant work experience. The startups also benefit from receiving business development support. 

If you're not from either colleges but still wish to get involved please contact us at accelerator@latrobe.edu.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Who should I contact to get more information about the La Trobe Accelerator Program?

Please send us an email on accelerator@latrobe.edu.au with your queries or get in touch with the following people to find out more:

What does the program offer?

  • Start-up teams can receive up to $10,000 non-equity seed funding (we do not take a share of your business) to use while participating in the program
  • Start-ups benefit from:
    • workshops
    • coaching
    • mentoring
    • office resources
    • Intellectual Property and related advice
    • business advice from our program partners

See more at 'Launch your startup'

What types of teams can participate?

La Trobe Accelerator Program does not have any restrictions on the type or industry sector a company belongs to. We are looking for start-ups that have the potential for growth. Previous teams come from industries such as:

  • MedTech
  • AgTech
  • Small Businesses (catering, design, fine jewellery, clothing)
  • Tourism Innovation
  • SpaceTech
  • Social Enterprises
  • Non-for-profits
  • SportsTech
  • EduTech
  • Imports & Exports

What happens after the program concludes?

After graduating from the La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP), you will continue to have access to our global networks, events and resources. The team of LTAP, its mentors and coaches are committed to helping you in every step of your way. We have a strong alumni focus and continue to contact and work with our graduated teams. Please see our 'Alumni Benefits' section on the 'Benefits and Offerings' page for more information.

Can I apply, if I am or had participated in another accelerator/entrepreneurship program?

Yes, feel free to apply for the La Trobe Accelerator Program. Each application will be judged on a case-to-case basis.

Can I participate in the La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP) if I am not a part of a start-up?

Yes, you can, in the following ways:

Be part of a team


Are you studying at La Trobe, and are interested in building your entrepreneurial skill set? Do you want to gather some work experience that sets you apart from the rest?

Here are eight reasons to enter the start-up world:

  • you will have more responsibility
  • you will be given more opportunities
  • you will be able to do lot of different things
  • you will learn from true innovators
  • your work will be recognised (as will your failures)
  • you will work in an excellent atmosphere
  • you will learn to be frugal
  • you will be instilled with the value of hard work, ownership, and self-sustainability.

If the above sounds exciting to you, express your interest in working in our start-up community.

Be a mentor


Become a mentor in our entrepreneurial community and feed your passion through nurturing successful start-ups.

If you are someone who:

  • Enjoy providing guidance with constructive feedback
  • Love to share their experiences and insights
  • Make time to help others
  • Are enthusiastic towards various business ideas
  • Are willing to share their connections to benefit their mentees

If you are motivated to give back to excited entrepreneurs and encourage them to build their own success stories, then register your interest in becoming a mentor.

To express your interest in working in a startup or becoming a mentor, contact accelerator@latrobe.edu.au

Is there a graduation ceremony?

The La Trobe Accelerator Program concludes with a graduation ceremony, an exciting platform for our start-ups to gain recognition and potentially secure further investment at the end of the incubation period. The start-ups will pitch their businesses to an expected audience of 150 stakeholders, including investors. Previous graduation ceremonies have been held at the ACMI space in Federation Square and at Parliament House.