Accelerate 8

Accelerate 8 cohort highlights

The ON Accelerate 8 cohort commenced their program in November 2023 with Bootcamp. The top 10 teams were selected through a competitive process to program through to Immersion Week in February 2024. Intensive, facilitated learning was conducted both in-person and online over the following three months. The program culminated with Investor Demo Day and the ON Accelerate 8 Showcase in June 2024, where teams pitched their ventures to the Australian public.

ON Accelerate 8 Showcase Snapshot. Representation: 10 teams, 4 people average team size, 47 participants, 32 males (68%), 15 females (32%). Industries (teams are aligned with National Reconstruction Fund Priorities): 2 in agriculture, forest and fisheries, 1 in defence capability, 10 in enabling capabilities, 4 in medical science, 1 in renewables and low emission technologies, 1 in resources, 1 in transport. Affiliated organisations: 1 in CSIRO manufacturing, 8 from universities, including Australian Catholic University, Australian National University, Griffith University, James Cook University, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, 1 from a publicly funded research agency, Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Find out more about the teams

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Dragonfly Thinking is pioneering a new frontier in Think Tech — harnessing generative AI to apply novel structured analytic techniques to complex policy and business problems. Seeking: Potential customer connections

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AquaTone Solutions is actively addressing food security by leveraging an advanced bio stimulant through a targeted delivery system. Join us in securing a healthier, happier future for your prawn populations.

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Cytophenix is revolutionizing the fight against life-threatening infections with their rapid antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Seeking: Long-term partnership and investment

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The Wild Yeast Zoo revolutionises brewing with unique, health-enhancing beverages crafted from Australian wild yeast, heralding a new era beyond traditional beer and kombucha. Seeking: Funding to help drive expansion

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At EMU Systems we have developed standalone devices that accurately monitor the key aspects of the local environment that determine health and productivity. Seeking: Pre-seed funding and like-minded partners

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Plasmid Therapy develops novel, safe, scalable, and affordable solutions to eradicate antimicrobial resistance genes from bacterial populations without disturbing the bacteria themselves or driving resistance adaptations. Seeking: Commercial partners for market expertise

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Infinite Bioworks pioneers the frontier of "building with biology," leveraging cutting-edge manufacturing methods to create eco-friendly products with a positive impact on our planet. Seeking: Connections with industry and like-minded investors

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ErythroSight is developing novel therapeutics to treat retinal diseases using the patient's own red blood cells and has shown strong preclinical results in reducing the severity of currently incurable diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.  Seeking: Funding to help drive the next stages of growth

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Jessie Technology is a collaboration between ACU and Microsoft, working with leading aged care providers to develop a hands-free technology solution that automates data entry. Seeking: Partnerships with investors and connections with advisors

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At Continuous3D, we’re creating a future where infrastructure is built and maintained with the help of robots. Seeking: Relevant connections with industry and deep-tech investors