Funding for student startups

Thinking of turning your idea or innovation into commercial reality? Explore the University’s support and funding for entrepreneurial students.

Our commitment

In conjunction with our investment partners, Tanarra Capital and Breakthrough Victoria, our comprehensive program of end-to-end investment provides important financial support for entrepreneurial students through key stages of commercialisation.

The University’s funding options support students from their early-stage idea development through to a successful business.

Our core funds

University of Melbourne and Breakthrough Victoria's Genesis Pre-Seed Fund

The University of Melbourne and Breakthrough Victoria's Genesis Pre-Seed Fund backs early-stage startups with high potential, so entrepreneurial students can take their innovation to a point where their startup can attract seed+ funding partners. Up to 20 per cent of the fund can be invested in social purpose ventures.

Breakthrough Victoria, an independent Victorian Government-owned company, is a co-investor in this Fund.

Learn more about UoM/BV Genesis Pre-Seed Fund

Tin Alley Ventures

Tin Alley Ventures Fund backs investment-ready, university-affiliated startups from seed stage through to exit. It provides vital access to investment, expertise and networks that can deliver commercial returns for fund investors.

The Fund helps startups grow their team, develop commercial grade products or services, target customers and access investor global networks that can take a startup to the next level.

It’s run by investment firm, Tanarra Capital, with funding raised predominantly from external investors.

Learn more about Tin Alley Ventures

Additional funds available

As a student at the University, you may also be eligible to access additional funding to develop your idea through faculty innovation funds and other Government partners.

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First published on 7 March 2023.

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