Green Light Accelerator Program
The Green Light Program is dedicated to supporting the development of algae biotech solutions in NSW, across a broad range of industries.
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Always wanted to get involved in algae biotech, and didn’t know how? Green Light is open to all NSW-based SME’s and start-ups. Read more below.
- By joining Green Light you’ll be a part of the world’s first algae biotech accelerator program.
- Green Light offers a curated 5 month accelerator program to NSW-based SME’s and start-ups.
- Teams can pitch for up to $20,000 AUD in seed-funding as a part of the program.
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The Deep Green Biotech Hub Green Light Start-up and SME Program is the first accelerator-like program supporting algae biotech in the world.
The program is dedicated to supporting the development of algae biotech solutions in NSW, across a broad range of industries. Supported by the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) and housed within the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the program will leverage the research strength of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) to support the research and development of projects put forward by NSW small to medium enterprises (SME’s) and start-ups (including entrepreneurs), and prioritise projects underpinned by an approach to sustainability.
The overarching aim of Green Light is to bring NSW to the forefront of algae-based innovation in Australia.
The program is open to both NSW-based start-ups and SME’s, and the proposed projects will focus on the development or implementation of an algae-based product or service (“solution”). Priority selection will be given to those projects with a sustainability aspect.
Successful teams within the program will gain access to seed funding, as well as support from UTS in the form of research mentorship (and associated support). Teams will also have access to selected masterclasses, and networking and industry events offered through UTS and associated organisations.
Assistance and resourcing will be leveraged for the product to reach proof-of-concept stage; with the graduating teams leaving the program with a plan for further investigation, research, scaling, or production.
To be apply for Green Light, applicants must demonstrate a compelling idea, that they're pursuing a large market, and that they plan to (or are currently) approaching that market in a scalable fashion. Any stage of start-up or SME project can apply to join, even if their project is just an idea. Teams will work in conjunction with DGBH and UTS to develop their idea in the application stages for the program, and throughout the course of the program, will work to accelerate their project.
Projects can be based in:
- A sustainability-based project (i.e. carbon offset; green chemistry; circular economy).
- Food and beverage
- Waste water remediation
- Environmental remediation
- Another viable use of algae
How do I apply?
Attend one of our DGBH Green Light 'Intro to algae' class to find out about algae, our research capacity, and what kind of research applications and resources can be utilised as a part of the Green light program. Contact email@example.com or sign up to our newsletter to hear about our events.
Book a consultation with our DGBH staff and researchers to discuss your project plan, research needs, and proposed budget during the recruitment period. Book a consultation time before you submit an application for Green Light.
Submit a completed application, developed in consultation, for Green Light. View the application form here. Cohort 3 is currently underway, and recruitment for Cohort 4 (2021) will begin in late 2020.
For more information email AlgaeBiotech.Hub@uts.edu.au