Griffin Accelerator

GRIFFIN Accelerator invests an initial $25,000 and takes you through 3 months of intense work on your startup guided by the top mentors in Canberra, then 3 months follow on all in our free co-working space with the goal of producing investor-ready high growth startups. This is the 6 months that will transform your startup.

Before I share the link, I want to once again encourage you not to self-filter. Some of our best participants have nearly not applied because they thought they were 'not ready' or not good enough in some way. Some thought they were too far along and didn't need help - again I beg you not to self filter, apply and if you're ready to pitch to angel investors today without doing GRIFFIN that is what we'll help you to do.

All applications will get feedback and if you are shortlisted you get to pitch to Canberra's top angel investors. So what have you got to lose? Just an hour's work to fill in an application form.

Many of you applied to GRIFFIN Launchpad, and some have interacted with us following that. With so many more applications than we expected not everyone has been able to engage with us, but don't be discouraged if that is the case.

See you tomorrow at First Wednesday Connect - if you haven't registered yet. If you missed our panel event you may still be able to meet there some mentors and past participants to judge for yourself the benefits of participating in GRIFFIN Accelerator.

If you're new to this newsletter, GRIFFIN Accelerator is a 3 month intensive program where seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs invest in and mentor the founders of selected innovative startups (more info: KILN incubator supports teams in the next stage of growth (more info: Book an introductory meeting with one of us:


Craig Davis, CEO and founding mentor GRIFFIN Accelerator
Petr Adamek, General Manager KILN Incubator

GRIFFIN Accelerator applications now open

Apply now by creating an Angel List profile and completing the application form at this link:

Please keep your answers short and focus on the key points. We don’t need to know everything, focus on the essentials.

Applications close 22 April.

If you are shortlisted to pitch to the mentors it will be on 5 May and you will have 5-7 days notice. You will have 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Lean Startup workshop series sold out until June

Our next two lean startup workshops are sold out. Your next opportunity to develop your startup skills is the key workshop on Customer Validation in June. This is the most important and most fun workshop where we coach you through practical activities and a system for learning from customers to create a value proposition that gets the wow factor.

Register Now:

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Application closing date

2 June 2016
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