ON is Australia's national science and technology accelerator program, taking ideas and research out of the lab and into the world.

It was created in 2015 as part of our Innovation Catalyst strategy, and in 2016, it received $20 million over four years under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), which is due to expire on 30 June 2020.

When it was created, we set ourselves an ambitious goal to help Australia's most talented researchers and scientists get their ideas out of the laboratory to create real impact. Four years on, we've seen just how impactful the program can be.

Over the past four years, more than 1440 researchers from 40 Australian universities and research institutes have been through our programs, as well as nearly 200 from industry, government and the community, on the journey to commercialisation.

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ON has created 52 companies and 226 jobs, with new cohorts of teams developing ideas, prototypes and business models. ON participants have attracted over $30.4 million in commercialisation grants and 13 of the 52 new companies formed have raised a total of over $36 million of investment capital.

Now, with the program set to close in June 2020, we can look back and say we are incredibly proud of its success – not just the commercial results, but the strong community of entrepreneurs and mentors it has created.

ON has also sparked an entire ecosystem of complimentary programs hosted by Australia's universities and academic communities who now have a huge opportunity to apply and build on the pathway we have created.

We've seen the start of a step-change in Australian research culture to embrace the opportunities of accelerating the realisation of economic, social and environmental returns from our world-class science and technology.

We're extremely proud of the impact that we've had to date, and still have a massive year ahead of us; we're currently delivering the biggest round of ON Prime ever and are just about to kick off ON Accelerate6 with bootcamp!

We have one ask for you – come get involved! We have ON Prime finals running across the country in December (details below) and are putting on another world-class show at Demo Day in Sydney on May 7th 2020, so come say hi and connect in with this wonderful community!

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