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About D.Start Ignite

Custom-built for research teams and SMEs working on science or technology with dual Defence and civilian application, D.Start Ignite is a free eight-week learning experience that combines expert knowledge with powerful connections to increase opportunity for translation – at pace.

Delivered remotely to your team of two to five people, this pre-accelerator program is designed to fast-track your understanding of how to do business with Defence.

We'll support your team to test paths for your IP, know-how or technology through a process of customer discovery and market validation.

We are delivering D.Start Ignite in partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group. Delivered under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, D.Start Ignite is looking for emerging and future technologies with the potential to provide game-changing capabilities for Australia's defence and national security.


  • Support and guidance from expert facilitators and mentors
  • Develop strong networks amongst stakeholders and industry
  • Free to participate and all Intellectual Property (IP) and equity remains with you or your institution

How to apply

Applications to participate in the Winter 2021 cohort of D.Start Ignite have now closed.


Contact our D.Start Ignite team if you have any questions about the program.

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