Virtual business incubator

What is the Virtual Business Incubator Program?

Students work in small teams to explore market trends and the business environment to identify, develop, and support a business opportunity that they could potentially take to market. Each week students will be engaged in a combination of program tailored content, hands-on project work, independent and team meetings and mentor sessions with the program leader.

The program will develop key skills required to embark on an entrepreneurial journey and work in the start-up and innovation space. The incubator teams will work together to develop and refine their business opportunity culminating in a final Program Pitch Day event, where all groups present their idea to a panel of judges. Students will also develop their own personal portfolio to support the business idea developed that they can use beyond the program.

Who can apply?

This program is available for credit to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all facilities and campuses, who are eligible to use a WIL unit towards their degree.

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake this for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on buslaw@deakin.edu.au or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Places are strictly limited. You must submit an online application via UniHub and be shortlisted in order to complete this unit.

Applications for T3 2020 have now closed. Please email the WIL team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au if you wish to be notified when T1 2021 applications open.

Key dates

Over T3 2020, this program will take place over 6 weeks. The program will start on Tuesday 10th November and will run until Tuesday 15th December.

Trimester weekDate Program weekActivities
Week 1 Tuesday 10th November 1 Mandatory 2-hour induction session
Week 1 11am – 3pm  Thursday 12th November 1 Content Session – Identifying trends and ideas, Design Thinking, and
Group Formation
Week 2 Monday / Tuesday 2 Group mentor session
Week 4 11am – 3pm   Thursday 19th November 2 Content – Critical Thinking, Research, Market Analysis, and Lean Canvas
Week 3 Monday / Tuesday 3 Group mentor session
Week 3 11am – 3pm   Thursday 26th November 3 Content Session – Marketing and Ethics and Social Responsibility
Week 4 Monday / Tuesday 4 Group mentor session
Week 4 11am – 3pm   Thursday 3rd December 4 Content Session – Minimum Viable Product and Business Planning
Week 5 Monday / Tuesday 5 Group mentor session
Week 5 11am – 3pm  Thursday 10th   December 5 Content Session – Managing resources and Presentation Skills
Week 6 Monday / Tuesday 6 Group mentor session
Week 6 11am – 3pm  Thursday 17th December 6 Pitch Day Event

Content session topics and order subject to change.

Please contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au for any questions regarding your application.

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