Accelerator Program 2020

The StartNorth Accelerator 2020  is an exciting joint initiative by StartNorth & ygap.

It is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program that provides end to end support for migrant and refugee entrepreneurs in their accelerate stage. Supported by LaunchVic, StartNorth Accelerator 2020 offers ygap’s accelerator program for 15 startups. Together, ygap and StartNorth will find migrant and refugee entrepreneurs, develop the skills they need to succeed, and provide access to a network of support and the capital required to grow their startups.

About StartNorth Accelerator 2020

Predominantly funded by LaunchVic, ygap’s accelerator program has supported 36 migrant and refugee entrepreneurs since its launch in 2018. The program consists of a five-day accelerator followed by three months of tailored support. The program is free for selected participants.

The 2020 program will support another 15 migrant and refugee-led businesses and will run from May-August 2020 (exact dates TBA) consisting of a five-day accelerator followed by three months of tailored support and up to AUD $1,000 available of funding for participants.

Meet our Entrepreneurs

June 2019 Cohort   |   November 2018 Cohort  |   May 2018 Cohort

Meet our Mentors

June 2019 Cohort

The Program

A five-day intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your business. We will provide training, mentorship and a community of inspiring, like-minded entrepreneurs who are all working towards creating a better Australia.

Following the accelerator, we provide your business with three months of tailored business support, mentorship opportunities and access to small grants of up to $1,000. At the end of the support phase, a showcase event is held giving you the opportunity to share about your business.

To find out more about the program please contact StartNorth


Who we are looking for

Migrant or Refugee Led: There must be at least one migrant or refugee co-founder aged 18 years old or older who will participate in the program.
Engaged: The founder(s) must intimately understand their business and looking to grow.
Hume location: The business or cofounder must be located in Hume as we are looking to support Hume opportunities.
Currently operating and post-revenue: The business must be currently operating and generating revenue.

StartNorth Accelerator 2020 Application

Applications for the StartNorth Accelerator 2020 are now open.

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Past Program Testimonials

“The ygap Accelerator helped me self-discover and allowed me to rewind to gain a deeper understanding of why I’m doing what I’m doing now. This was incredibly crucial to help accelerate my focus and goals. For any entrepreneurs, this is the accelerator you need to gain 10x focus and get your momentum back.”

Jane Kou, Founder of Bring Me Home

“ygap revolutionised the way I understand social entrepreneurship. The First Gens Program was educational and helped me develop a deep understanding of the problem my venture is solving and provided us with the knowledge and resources required.”

Heng Hao Teo, Co-Founder of Dibs

“In addition to great mentors and well-structured class content, it was fantastic to connect with fellow migrants. Their passion was infectious and I came back not just feeling confident about my venture, but with a clear roadmap for execution! As a migra-preneur, I highly recommend the ygap First Gen program to anyone with a desire to drive social impact.”

Rinku Razdan, Founder of Connections


Have a question? Check out our FAQs first to see if we’ve answered it. If not, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer any question you have.

How do you define a migrant or refugee?
The program defines a migrant is any person who is not born in Australia, while a refugee is a displaced person who has been forced to cross national boundaries and who cannot return home safely.

What is the cost of the program?
The program is completely free, your only expenses will be getting to and from the program location.

What are the travel requirements for the program?
The Accelerator, weekend bootcamps and showcase event will be held in Broadmeadows, and attendance is mandatory.

English is not my first language, can I still apply?
English is the language that the program is delivered in. We recommend an intermediate level of English proficiency.

If I have a co-founder, can they join the program as well?
We are accepting 15 participants into the program, so if there is room available, we may be able to accommodate for the Accelerator week. The support phase is open for all founders to participate in.

Do you take equity in the businesses?
No, it is not as a requirement of the program.

Technical Partner

As a part of the tailored support package we offer to the StartNorth Accelerator 2020 entrepreneurs, ygap delivers a learning component that covers a range of topics that have been validated by ygap alumni as critical to the growth for early-stage social entrepreneurs. Delivered over three-weekend bootcamps, this component and our accelerator would not have been possible without the support of our technical partner LaunchVic.