IPPIN Accelerator+

This three-month immersive journey supports validated start-ups and entrepreneurs with early-stage business propositions to tackle marine plastic waste in Southeast Asia.

Teams enrolled in this program will be guided by dedicated coaches providing measurable growth support, along with the flexibility to access workshops, mentorship and technical assistance based on their preferences and needs.

About the Accelerator+ program

Anticipated to double by 2040, plastic use poses a looming threat to our planet’s sustainability, with significant adverse impacts on the environment. Our IPPIN Accelerator+ Program, operated within the Indo-Pacific Plastics Innovation Network, is a pivotal initiative under CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission.

This individualised program places a strong emphasis on achieving outcomes such as revenue growth, partnership sourcing, and investment readiness. Teams enrolled in this program will be guided by dedicated coaches providing measurable growth support, along with the flexibility to access workshops, mentorship and technical assistance based on their preferences and needs.

Participants will have access to a collective pool of AUD$100,000 in funding support during the program*.

The program will conclude with a Demo Day where participants pitch their solutions to a panel of esteemed judges. This invaluable opportunity allows for constructive feedback and guidance, empowering teams with the tools they need to refine and advance their solutions. 

Applications close 20 June, 2024.

*Please note, this is not direct cash but rather access to services and support, to be shared among the cohort.

Frequently asked questions  

Watch the video below to hear our IPPIN Chapter Managers address some questions you may have about the application and program. 

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Who should apply?   

  • Young and validated start-ups and entrepreneurs with early-stage business propositions
  • Research teams with proven concepts looking to commercialise
  • Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with existing businesses looking to innovate, scale, or pivot their operations
  • Individuals, organisations, or entities involved in various industries aiming to refine their projects or solutions
  • Multi-lateral teams are encouraged

Participants can come from anywhere in the world (encouraging teams from Laos and Cambodia and/or marginalised communities) so long as they have an existing solution that can help reimagine plastic waste in the Indo-Pacific. Applicants need to choose the most suitable market/context (Indonesia, Thailand, or Vietnam) for where their idea best fits.   

The program challenge statements are:  

  • Sustainable alternatives which outperform existing plastics  
  • Improving plastics innovation and capturing value beyond first use, to develop lasting circular solutions  
  • Empower decision-making through reliable and accessible information 
  • Innovative Solutions for Low-Value Plastic Waste in Vietnam

What you can expect 

The Accelerator is a free and competitive program. Places are limited and are awarded to teams based on the strength of their applications.  

Accelerator+ outcomes: 

  • Design and stress test a path to impact and ensure alignment with your business’s growth trajectory
  • Better understand the different types of funding opportunities from different sources, including how and when to access them 
  • Unlock valuable feedback and opportunities through industry exposure with experts and potential investors

The program will require invited participants to commit four hours per week for three months, to attend workshops, mentoring sessions, and a final Demo Day. The program is run in English however, full interpretation services are offered to participants in Bahasa Indonesia, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese.  

Questions?  

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More about the program 

The Indo-Pacific Plastics Innovation Network (IPPIN) is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by CSIRO in partnership with Indonesian, and Vietnamese governments.