Free 12 week startup gap analysis

GAP BLITZ is a program that aims to help founders close the gap in startup business performance and prepare them for growth through highly targeted insights, coaching and program support.

With the help of experienced coaches and innovation experts, founders will explore the scope of startup success and baseline their startup performance goals.

Combining a single day of face-to-face workshops and then a series of online content and coaching sessions, Gap Blitz will help founders identify and address gaps in their understanding of:

  • their competitive landscape
  • customer discovery and the use of insights to drive differentiation
  • how to translate business models to action plans.

Through the program, founders will have the opportunity to learn from the experience of other startups, coaches and businesses, and learn about the pathways to more support, available through CSIRO.

Key Dates

Applications close: 11:59pm Monday 5 February 2024

Online Orientation: 4:30pm – 6pm Monday 19 February 2024

Program commences in-person: 9:15am – 4:30pm Tuesday 20 February 2024 (CSIRO Lindfield, NSW)

Alternate online weekly coaching (60 min) and online cohort based learning (2 hrs): Tuesday 27 Feb – Tuesday 30 April 2024

Showcase in-person: 10am – 4pm Tuesday 7th May 2024 (CSIRO Lindfield, NSW)


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What is Gap Blitz?

Delivered by CSIRO’s Lindfield Collaboration Hub and facilitated by Joanne Jacobs and Gavin Heaton from Disruptors Co, Gap Blitz is an intensive specialised coaching program for early stage startups that runs for 12 weeks.

The program aims to close the gap in startup business performance and prepare founders for growth through highly targeted insights, coaching and program support. 

How does it work?

Starting with an in-person deep dive into your business – looking at your product, your customers, your culture, your goals – followed by 11 weekly sessions with experts and business coaches, and a showcase event to conclude the program. By the end you will have a clear plan for tackling the challenges identified and a supportive network of peers to boot.

Who is eligible?

The program is for early stage startups working in the areas of engineering, science or technology. You may have been through an accelerator or incubation program previously, but have hit some blockages on your path to growth.

When does it start?

The program commences 19 February with an online orientation session (4:30pm – 6pm). The immersion section of the program kicks off 20 Feb 2024 with a full day in-person workshop from 9:15am – 5pm at CSIRO Lindfield (36 Bradfield Rd, West Lindfield, NSW).

How do I apply?

Please click on the “APPLY NOW” button above.

Applications close at 23:59 AEDT Monday 5th February 2024.

What is the time commitment?
  • Online kick off and orientation: Mon 19 Feb 4:30pm – 6pm
  • In person immersion workshop at CSIRO Lindfield: Tues 20 Feb 9:15am – 4:30pm
  • Online Coaching sessions (60 min once a fortnight): you will be able to schedule at a time that works for you (managed through TidyCal) which commences the week of the 26 February and continues each fortnight until the week commencing 22 April.
  • Online cohort based learning (2 hrs once a fortnight): these will be scheduled on Tuesdays from 11am – 1pm commencing 28 February and concluding 30 April. 
  • Showcase will be in person at CSIRO Lindfield on Tuesday 7 May from 10am – 4pm.
What does it cost?

Gap Blitz is a free program supported by CSIRO – Australian’ national science agency.

In person versus virtual participation?

This program will be delivered in a hybrid mode with a variety of online and in-person sessions in Sydney.

The program commences with an online orientation session 19 February (4:30 – 6pm), then moves to an in-person workshop 20 February (9:15am – 4:30pm CSIRO Lindfield, NSW), continues with weekly online sessions, and concludes with an in-person showcase event Tuesday 7th May at CSIRO Lindfield (36 Bradfield Rd, West Lindfield, NSW).

Who is the CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub?

The CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub is a facility housed at CSIRO Lindfield (NSW), and a program that supports early stage deep tech startups to commercialise their hardware devices through the provision of specialist labs, office space, workshop and makerspaces.

The Hub is located in the CSIRO campus at 36 Bradfield Rd, West Lindfield, NSW.

The Lindfield Collaboration Hub has been supported by Investment NSW through the Boosting Business Innovation Program since 2017.

Who owns the intellectual property?

Program participants retain all their intellectual property.

Do you take equity?

CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub does not take any equity.

What will I get out of it? What will the outcome be?

As with many workshop programs, you get out of it what you put in to it. If you actively participate in the full program, you will come away with:

  • knowledge of where the gaps lay in your business
  • understanding of what steps to take to address these gaps
  • a roadmap for implementation.
How is Gap Blitz different to startup accelerator or incubator programs?

Unlike traditional startup accelerator or incubator programs which tend to deliver a ‘once size fits all’ approach, Gap Blitz adopts a customised methodology in analysing the gaps in your business. It is designed to get to the heart of your challenges, through deep diving into what makes your startup tick, and what is keeping your startup stuck.

I have questions, who do I contact?

Please contact CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub Program Manager, Leah Lucas