Disability Incubator Series 2022

Presented by ACU Co-Lab

The disability incubator is an eight-week, in-depth learning program designed to educate future change makers about the practical components of establishing or growing a business within the disability sector. 

Partnering with Verge Collaborative, industry experts will walk you through the key components of building a disability-focused business. You can put your new skills to work by crafting a video pitch for the Disability Incubator Awards for your chance to win a share of the $16,000 in prizes.

The Disability Incubator Series cost is fully subsidised and open to university students, staff and the broader community. Topics are delivered online in an interactive format. 

Workshops and dates

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How to get started

Explore your opportunities to start, build, or branch into the disability sector.

Wednesday 5 October 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Designing your business

Transform your idea into reality through interactive business modelling.

Wednesday 12 October 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Understanding your customers

Build your business from unique customer insights and generate valuable solutions for real people.

Wednesday 19 October 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


How NDIS funding works

Gain a better understanding of how the NDIS works, it’s relevance to your business model, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of other people.

Wednesday 26 October 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Creative value propositions

Design exciting new services or products that disrupt the disability sector status quo.

Wednesday 2 November 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Customer connections and pitching

Powerfully convey the value of your business and value propositions to your audience.

Wednesday 9 November 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Building in financial sustainability

Explore the critical factors that contribute to business sustainability. 

Wednesday 16 November 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


Growing your business with dignity

Consider the broader possibilities for the future of your business

Wednesday 23 November 2022

4 – 6pm AEDT


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Disability Incubator Awards

Attend three or more workshops and you are eligible to lodge a pitch entry into the Disability Incubator Awards.

The award recognises an individual or team who have developed a novel idea for the disability sector and are at any stage of development, from idea stage to market. Your idea may be for a business that sells a physical product, or one that offers a service.

The winning video pitch entry receives:

  • $10,000 prize
  • six months of mentoring by a member of ACU’s executive staff (five one-hour sessions)
  • access to ACU student groups for project support
  • promotion of winning business/project through ACU Co-Lab community ecosystem.

A $5,000 prize will also be awarded to second place, while an additional ACU student prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best student entry that does not win the first or second prize.

Key dates

Entries open: Wednesday 20 October 2022

Closing date: 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 27 November 2022

How to enter

The Disability Incubator Award is a virtual competition and is open to any eligible entrant across Australia who attends at least three Disability Incubator workshops. To participate you must lodge your application online.

Submitting your application

  • All entrants are to record and upload a short video pitch no longer than three minutes. This video is to feature yourself or team outlining the problem you have identified and your innovative solution.
  • Entries are via our online application form where lodgement must be complete before the closing date of 11.59pm AEDT Sunday 27 November 2022.

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