I live/work/study overseas, can I still apply for Origin?

To be eligible for Origin, at least one team member must be based in Australia.

If you are currently overseas, e.g. for work or study, but fit within the eligibility above and a team member can attend the in-person components of the program in Melbourne then, yes, we would encourage you to apply.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Betty Zhang – betty@medtechactuator.com

What are the eligibility criteria for Origin?

Applicants to MedTech Actuator Origin must:

  • Have a research project, idea or innovation in human health;
    • And, for this project, idea or innovation to be in its early stages of development;
  • Be highly motivated to learn about innovation commercialisation, as well as Australia’s health, medical and biotechnology startup ecosystem;
  • Be able to attend all program (in-person and online) activities scheduled on the key dates listed above; and,
  • Have at least one team member based in Australia.

At the MedTech Actuator, we’re for innovators. This means creating opportunities for innovators from all corners of the system, and from multiple backgrounds and contexts.  MedTech Actuator encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please reach out to the team if you have any questions about your eligibility.

What are the time commitments of Origin?

Attendance at the following events is expected of one representative per team:

  • Intensive sprint (Melbourne*) – November 22 – 24 from ~9:00-5:30 pm
  • Origin semifinal (Melbourne*) – November 24, from 6 – 8:30 pm
  • MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin final (Melbourne*) – November 30

*Please note, in order to provide equal access to MedTech Actuator programs, travel allowance stipends are available on request for individuals who reside outside of Victoria. Travel allowances are up to $500 per person.

What are the key activities of Origin?

Over the month of October, participants will take part in the following activities:

  • Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – November 22 – 24

Come together for a three-day intensive sprint in Melbourne where you’ll be introduced to topics such as idea validation, intellectual property, pitching, professional development, pathways to market, business models, navigating Australia’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures.

  • Semifinal (Melbourne) (Melbourne) – November 24

Alongside other Origin semifinalists, you’ll pitch your innovation in front of the selected ecosystem stakeholders MedTech Actuator for a place in the Origin finals in December at the MedTech Actuator Showcase. 

  • MedTech Actuator showcase and Origin final (Melbourne) – November 30

Join MedTech Actuator and the ecosystem for a formal gala to celebrate innovation in healthcare. Origin finalists will pitch for three mins to the audience with the Origin winner announced on the evening.