DISABILITY-TECH ACCELERATOR

Australia’s first accelerator for early-stage startups creating technology to positively impact life for people with disability.

Remarkable Accelerator Program

One in five people in Australia have a disability and Remarkable is on a mission to harness technology to build physical, social and economic inclusion of people with disability.

Our 14 week accelerator program equips early-stage startups with seed funding and the knowledge, skills and tools needed to become commercially viable businesses that have a positive social impact.

What we offer

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SEED FUNDING

$35,000 cash for 5% equity. We invest in your startup to demonstrate our commitment to you.

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MENTOR NETWORK

Coaching and advice from our highly engaged and experienced mentors that will open doors for you and help take your startup to the next level.

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STRUCTURE & ACCOUNTABILITY

Weekly masterclasses, intensive sprints, check-in’s.

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WELLBEING & IMPACT

Health and wellbeing assessments and coaching on social impact measurement.

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DISABILITY SECTOR EXPERTISE

Access to world class therapy, lifestyle supports, housing and research programs, user testing and feedback.

What does the program look like

The 14 week program begins in March and ends in July.

WEEK 1

Two-day Kickstart Offsite.

WEEKLY MASTERCLASS

Practical masterclasses delivered by industry experts on topics including; product development, sales, growth and investment readiness.

WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY

No-fail goal setting and coaching from our Entrepreneur in Residence.

PRODUCT DEMO

Product demos take place to keep your product development on track.

WEEK 8 MIDWAY INVESTOR EVENT

Get feedback early from investors and build your strategic network.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Mentor social evenings, founder events with guest presenters.

THROUGHOUT & BEYOND

Ongoing mentoring and support from the Remarkable team, mentor network, cohort and alumni.

POST PROGRAM

Demo Day and Graduation Day.

We are looking for…

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DISABILITY FOCUSED

Startups who address core activities such as wellbeing, independence and inclusion or drive innovation in the disability sector.

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EARLY-STAGE

Startup should be up and running with some customers, but may not have experienced massive growth as yet.

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TEAM

While we’re not against lone rangers, we prefer teams – they have more potential to be accelerated and do all the elements of running a business.

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HAVE AN MVP

You should at the very least have a functioning prototype – something that potential customers can see and/or understand about what you’re trying to do for them.

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SCALABLE

We like our startups to have a technology, software or hardware component to what they’re doing, so that we can help you scale.

Find our frequently asked questions below. If you have further questions please email us at syd21@remarkable.org.au

Application process and requirements

When do Expressions of Interest (EOI) close?

EOI close on Monday, 11th January, 2021 at 11:59 PM AEDT

When do applications close?

Applications close on Sunday, 31st January, 2021 at 11:59 PM AEDT

I am a solo founder can I still apply?

We will accept applications from individuals and teams. If applying as an individual consider all the elements of running your business as well as managing the program deliverables in accelerating your startup.

What is the application process? How do I apply?

Please submit your application on Gust online platform (link out) 

For any accessibility requirements to assist in your application please contact syd21@remarkable.org.au

What are the application questions?

This document is a downloadable template to guide your application. The questions in the Remarkable #SYD21 Application Template are in addition to general questions required: names, contact details and LinkedIn profiles.

*Please note that the Remarkable #SYD21 Application Template should serve as a template only. You will need to complete your final application online.

Remarkable #SYD21 Application Template (PDF)

Remarkable #SYD21 Application Template (Word Doc)

My startup already has investment, are the terms negotiable?

Yes, if you’ve already raised capital, we will look at matching terms of your last investment – we don’t want you to have a “down round”.

Does my organisation need to be a not for profit to be accepted into the program?

Remarkable works with both not for profits and for profit (for purpose) businesses. Up until now, 95% of startups we’ve worked with have been for profit enterprises.

Timelines

What is involved in the application and selection process?

Stage 1 – The Application

Stage 2 – Screening

        • Screening of applications
        • Friday 12th February 2021 Selection Panel meets to review applications
        • Mid – February – Bootcamp invitations send to selected teams
        • Saturday 20th Feb 2021 – Full day attendance at Bootcamp

Stage 3 – Notification

      • Post Bootcamp 
      • Finalisation and notification of #SYD21 startups

*timing may vary

What are the key dates for the program?

Applications Open

Monday, 11th January, 2021 – Sunday, 31st January, 2021 11:59 PM

Due to COVID-19 restrictions these contact points will now be held virtually. All times outlined are in AEDT/AEST.

Bootcamp

Saturday, 20th February, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kickstart Day 1

Thursday, 18th March, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kickstart Day 2

Friday, 19th March, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Program midpoint regroup

Monday, 19th April, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Demo Day

Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

When will I find out about the outcome of my application?

You will be notified on Friday 12th February 2021.

When do you accept startups into the program?

Startups will be informed of their acceptance into Remarkable #SYD21 program after Bootcamp which is held on Saturday 20th February 2021.

Startup requirements

What are examples of barriers experienced by people with disability that could be a focus for my startup?

Any pain point or barrier that someone with disability experiences. You might like to think about areas like Mobility, Communication, Early Intervention and Prevention, Social and Economic Inclusion and Independent Living. If you’ll like clarification if the problem you’re solving is relevant, have a conversation with us.

Is the program only for companies addressing challenges for people with cerebral palsy?

No, there are many incredible technologies used by people living with cerebral palsy, such as the powered wheelchair, the smartphone or tablet that also have universal application for a wider range of people. This is what we are looking for, game changing technologies that have a big impact on all people with disability, including cerebral palsy.

I do not yet have a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Is it necessary to have one to take part in the program?

Whilst having an MVP is part of the criteria for the Remarkable program, this will be determined on a case by case basis. We would encourage submission of your application.

Program offering

Is this program only for Sydney based startups?

Our accelerator program targets Australian-based startups working the disability tech space, however overseas applications area also considered, but should take into account time zone differences.

Do I need to be in Sydney to participate?

No. The program targets Australian-based startups and we encourage startups from across Australia to apply. The program will be held online. There may be a small number of contact points during the program where founders are asked to attend in-person in Sydney.

Is this a virtual program?

Yes, due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions we will be carrying out our program virtually for #SYD21.

What does a typical week in the program look like?

Each week in the program will bring new knowledge, new connections and accountability. A typical week will include a Monday morning cohort check-in for 45 minutes. Tuesday mornings are typically set aside for a 2 – 3 hours masterclass. Outside of these contact times founders can expect to spend a further 3 hours meeting with mentors, facilitators and the wider team at Remarkable who are on hand to support founders on their journeys.

What do you cover in the program?

Our 14 week accelerator program equips early-stage startups with seed funding and the knowledge, skills and tools needed to become commercially viable businesses that have a positive social impact. After setting the foundations we will take founders on a journey from product market fit, business models, go to market strategy and finally onto ensuring the startups are sustainable post program and investor ready. After 14 in depth weeks of learning and growth all startups will have the chance to pitch in front of a host of stakeholders and investors during Remarkable Demo Day.

Is the program only open for people with disability?

This is an accessible environment where everyone is welcome and included.

Our program is a safe and innovative space for people across every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation and disability. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or if you require assistance accessing our program or application. You can reach us at syd21@remarkable.org.au

Do I have to pay to be part of Remarkable accelerator program?

It does not cost to be part of the Remarkable accelerator program. The accepted startups will be provided with funding.

What is Bootcamp?

Remarkable Startup Bootcamp is a one-day program run with the shortlist of potential startups for the accelerator cohort. This is our chance to see founders in action, understand how suited they are to the Remarkable program and how best Remarkable can potentially support them throughout the program. This is also an opportunity for founders to see if the program is right for them.

What is Kickstart?

Remarkable Kickstart is a two-day immersive where the new cohort will come together along with facilitators, mentors and the Remarkable team to set the foundations for the following 14 week program. Founders can expect to network, become familiar with the disability landscape, learn what it takes to build a successful startup and how to make the most out of the program.

How much time should I set aside to take part in the program?

It’s recommended to allow 20 hours or more per week across the 14 week program. Some of this time will be direct contact during masterclasses and mentorship sessions, the rest is expected to be self work.

Will Remarkable be able to adjust the accelerator program hours based on accessibility needs?

Yes, we will ensure our program meets the needs of the founders. Prior to kickstart all startups will meet with the Remarkable team to set the foundations for the program and find ways to best serve the accessibility needs of all founders. If you have specific questions regarding accessing the #SYD21 program, please reach out to the remarkable team syd21@remarkable.org.au 

Remarkable Support

Do you offer any free resources?

We have resources on Remarkable YouTube channel, read our blog stories or to learn more join us at one of our events, details on our website events page.

What support can I receive from Remarkable now?

If you have additional questions not covered in the FAQ section please feel free to submit your question directly to the Remarkable team by completing this form or by emailing syd20@remarkable.org.au.

Will Remarkable ensure that we are developing our startups in collaboration with people with lived experience of the disability we are focusing on by providing user testers and advisors?

Remarkable has a great network of individuals with lived experience of disability who founders will be introduced to during the program.

Can Remarkable make introductions to disability service providers?

Yes. Remarkable has a fantastic network of individuals in the disability sector. Founders will be introduced to service providers and other relevant contacts during the program.

Will I have access to Remarkable's partners and to Cerebral Palsy Alliance?

Yes, we believe this is one of our super-powers – Remarkable prides itself on being part of an industry leading organisation – Cerebral Palsy Alliance. And we have great partnerships with many other organisations within the Disability and startup sectors.

Does Remarkable consider aged care startups?

Yes, we love the intersection between disability, aging and health. We look for applicability to the disability sector and we often find that there is quite a bit of overlap with the aged care market.

Will you make introductions to investors?

During the program Remarkable will introduce founders to potential stakeholders and investors during two sessions, one half way through the program and again at Demo Day.

Further Questions

Ask the Remarkable team further questions.

Ask the Remarkable team a question directly using the question submission form or send an email to syd20@remarkable.org.au.

What startups founders say about our program

“What might’ve taken 3 months to do, might be possible in 2-3 days. Remarkable has made us go a lot faster.”

– Max Burt, WheelEasy, Cohort #2

“The Remarkable Accelerator has had a massive impact on us. We went in as a few people with a semi-good idea, and came out a lean, focused and investment ready social enterprise with a killer pitch.

Highly recommended if you’re serious about taking your social enterprise to the next level!”

– Mel Fuller & Johan du Plessis, AbilityMade, Cohort #1

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