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Frequently asked questions

MedTech Actuator Ascend (Singapore)

  • Am I eligible?
    • Our program is designed for growing MedTech, HealthTech, and BioTech startups. Our specialty is deep tech with robust IP and a regulated path to market. Slick apps and user interfaces are great, but what gets us excited are radical new technologies like bionics, diagnostics, implants, instrumentation, robotics, personal preventative medicine, telemedicine, AI and VR that will create a step-change in our healthcare systems and economies.

      If you are unsure about other specific eligibility or have any other questions about the Ascend program, you can reach out to Cayden, Enterprise Manager via email (cayden@medtechactuator.com) before submitting an application.

  • What is the program fee?
    • The MedTech Actuator takes 5% equity for participation in the program.

      Taking equity aligns the MedTech Actuator’s interests with your interests and incentivises us to push harder and go the extra mile for our founders – well beyond the duration of the program. The 5% participation fee, equivalent to $50k at a $1M valuation, is what makes our 6-month ‘one of a kind’ program possible. With the program fee, we are able to provide over 50 speakers, 1-to-1 individual mentoring for the duration of the program, and lifetime access to our resources and communities without taking money from early-stage startups.

  • What is the application process?
    • If your application is shortlisted, our expert panel will begin due diligence on your company, and you’ll hear from us to set up a video interview. The most promising teams will be selected to present to our Investment Advisory Board (IAB). Based on the decision of this board and Medtech Actuator’s internal review, you’ll be offered a place in the MedTech Actuator Ascend Program.

  • Should I reapply after previous rejections?
    • When you are running your own startup, facing rejection is not uncommon. What is important is to persevere on what you believe in. Sometimes, we say no to companies for a variety of reasons, such as requiring the entrepreneur to do more validation before a venture capitalist can invest, or that the market opportunity in question is too small for the venture capital framework. Reach out to us for a suitability assessment and we can advise you on alternative solutions that best fit your current needs.



  • How much can I expect to raise after Demo Day?
    • The size of the round differs from startup to startup and will depend on the potential that investors see in your company.

      The MedTech Actuator will be actively supporting you on your fundraising journey post-demo day by helping you with capital strategy development, and investor outreach activities, as well as preparing you for the next raise by the end of the 6-month program.

  • Can you describe the MedTech Actuator Ascend Program?
    • The MedTech Actuator Ascend program is designed to address the needs of health startups and enable a meaningful connection with Singapore’s integrated healthcare ecosystem. Ascend will allow you to validate clinical assumptions, assess market demand, and scale your venture strategically. This barrier is often higher if the startup is not a spin-off from any of the local healthcare institutions and medical schools. We hope to empower health startups with equal or more opportunities for success through accessing and partnering with MedTech Actuator’s growing network of corporations, healthcare providers and leading investors.

  • We don’t need funding; can we still participate in the program?
    • Yes, absolutely. Investment through the Demo Day for startups participating in the MedTech Actuator Ascend program is optional and by invitation only. There is no obligation to seek investment for participating in the program.

  • How do you choose which companies to accept into the MedTech Actuator Ascend program?
    • We focus on team, market, technology, and traction.

      • Team: We look for passionate, well-rounded founder teams with strong skills in key areas such as technology, clinical, business and commercialisation that have a unique insight into their market and are high-integrity and inspiring leaders with a focus on execution.
      • Market: We like markets within the MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech sectors that are either large but ripe for disruption, underserved, or so radically new they don’t yet exist.
      • Technology: Our specialty is deep tech with a regulated path to market. We look for technologies and products with the potential to create unfair market advantage and a clear path towards strong, protectable IP.
      • Traction: Ideas matter but the execution makes the difference. That is why we like to see evidence of early traction or data points validating your core assumptions such as early proof of concept and safety data, a robust need validation, or expressions of interest from lead users or customers.
  • Where should I be based to be eligible to participate in the MedTech Actuator Ascend program?
    • All sessions scheduled in the MedTech Actuator Ascend program will be delivered both in person and on virtual platforms at dedicated venues in Singapore.

MedTech Actuator Global Navigator (Australia)

  • How much are the participation fees?
    • The MedTech Actuator™ does not take equity for participation in the program. The cost of the programme is S$15,000 per person. 

      A subsidy of S$10,000 will be provided by the government of Singapore for Singapore startups with at least 30% Singapore shareholding. 



  • What is included in the participation fee?
    • All online seminars, plane tickets to, from and within Australia as well as food and transportation within the scheduled program in Australia.

  • What is the application process?
    • Please submit your application through the Apply Now button on the webpage. Please also attach a pitch deck introducing your company, the needs that your innovation addresses, the technology behind the innovation, which stage of development is your product at and other relevant information that you deem fit. 

      If your application is shortlisted, you’ll hear from us via email. The most promising teams will be offered a place in the MedTech Actuator Global Navigator Program.



  • Am I eligible?
    • Our program is targeted towards MedTech, HealthTech, and BioTech startups  ~TRL 4 and above. Our specialty is deep tech with robust IP and a regulated path to market. Slick apps and user interfaces are great, but what gets us excited are radical new technologies like bionics, diagnostics, implants, instrumentation, robotics, personal preventative medicine, telemedicine, AI and VR that will create a step-change in our healthcare systems and economies.

      If you are unsure about eligibility or have any other questions about our program, you can speak to a Program Manager before submitting an application.

  • How do you choose which companies to accept into the MedTech Actuator?
    • We look for passionate, well-rounded founder teams with strong skills in key areas such as technology, clinical, business and commercialisation that have a unique insight into their market and are high-integrity and inspiring leaders with a focus on execution.

      Ideas matter but the execution makes the difference. That is why we like to see evidence of early traction or data points validating your core assumptions such as early proof of concept and safety data, a robust need validation, or expressions of interest from lead users or customers.



  • Can you describe the MedTech Actuator Global Navigator program?
    • The MedTech Actuator Global Navigator program is a program that facilitates a smooth and accelerated pathway for growing ventures to both gain a deep insight into the market and access critical stakeholders in the Australian ecosystem as they expand their international efforts and capture new market opportunities.



  • What are the attendance requirements?
    • The MedTech Actuator Global Navigator requires full-time participation for both the virtual sessions held in Singapore and the in-person visit to Sydney and Melbourne. The MedTech Actuator Global Navigator 2022 program also includes a one-of-a-kind MedTech Actuator Showcase event where participants will have the opportunity to network with 300 of the nation’s healthcare experts.

  • Where should I be based to be eligible to participate in the MedTech Actuator and where is the program delivered?
    • There are no restrictions to where you are based, so long as you are able to attend the online sessions held in Singapore Time. You must also be able to attend the in-person Australia segment of the program. 



  • How is the MedTech Actuator Global Navigator different from other programs?
    • The MedTech Actuator Global Navigator is a well-rounded program comprising many segments that come together to provide startups with a comprehensive suite of resources.

      We ensure that you are prepared for the visit by providing localised knowledge and deep insights into the destination’s ecosystem with experts. With this insight and knowledge, you will then prepare a more focused pitch and expansion strategy. 

      At the destination ecosystem, you will meet ecosystem stakeholders to advise on how to break down barriers to entry and explore strategic tactics to assist your business to flourish. You will also put your pitch training into practice with tailored investor lunches. On top of group meetings, we will also facilitate one-to-one meetings with stakeholders that are curated to your needs. 

      A mentor will also be assigned to you for weekly 1-hour mentoring sessions for a period of 2 months. Through this mentorship, you will gain insight into market hurdles with mitigation tips from someone who has experienced and succeeded in bringing their product to market.



MedTech Actuator Origin (Australia)

  • What is MedTech Actuator?
    • MedTech Actuator is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that curates an ecosystem of MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech innovation and investment operating programs across Australia and Asia-Pacific. 

      The MedTech Actuator was founded in 2018 by serial MedTech entrepreneurs and health policy experts who understood that MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech ventures require a bespoke acceleration model.

      We connect the region’s broad ecosystem to empower founders to build the next wave of global MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech success stories.

      MedTech Actuator programs are aimed at startups at different stages – from idea to growth. Programs include MedTech Actuator Origin, MedTech Actuator Accelerator; and the MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship and Fellowship, as well as Singapore-based programs like Access APAC and Global Navigator.

  • Why should I apply for Origin?
    • MedTech Actuator Origin is a fantastic opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators to learn and engage with the startup ecosystem, whilst also providing teams with a chance to pitch their ideas and win a share of the $10K prize pool, over $5k worth of in-kind support, and a fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023.

      If you’re a MedTech, BioTech or HealthTech project looking to transform into a startup, MedTech Actuator Origin will show you the ropes and provide you with a pathway forward. If you’re lucky and have the ability to pitch the house down, then you might even score some equity-free cash while you’re at it. 

      Through intensive learning alongside a cohort of founders and innovators, you’ll be exposed to the ecosystem, industry leaders and so much more before you pitch in multiple rounds to score a place at the Origin finals at the MedTech Actuator Showcase. 

      Topics covered include idea validation, intellectual property, pitching, professional development, pathways to market, business models, navigating Australia’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures.

  • How do I apply for Origin?
    • Applications are open from Friday, Sep 1 to Friday, Oct 7. 

      You can submit your application here.

  • What are the key activities of Origin?
    • Over the month of October, participants will take part in the following activities:

      • Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – October 25 – 27

      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.

      • Rapid fire round (Melbourne) – October 26

      Jump up in front of the audience and pitch your idea in one minute, with only one slide, in order to be selected for the Origin semifinal. 

      • Origin semi-final (Melbourne) – October 27

      Alongside nine 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) – December 1

      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.

  • What are the time commitments of Origin?
    • Attendance at the following events is expected of one representative per team:

      • Intensive sprint (Melbourne*) – October 25 – 27 from ~9:00-5:30 pm
      • Origin semifinal (Melbourne*) – October 27th, from 6 – 8:30 pm
      • MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin final (Melbourne*) – Dec 1 from 6-11 pm

      *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 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.

  • I am currently studying/working/between degrees. Can I still apply for Origin?
    • Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria listed above we encourage you to apply. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Makenzie Thomas – at makenzie@medtechactuator.com



  • 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 Makenzie Thomas – makenzie@medtechactuator.com



  • What are the application questions?
  • When will I know if my application has been successful?
    • Applications close on Oct 7 and successful candidates will be invited to an online interview (scheduled for Oct 14) by COB Oct 10. Successful recipients will be notified by COB Oct 14.

  • Can I engage in other MedTech Actuator programs whilst undertaking Origin?
    • Yes! It is possible for Origin participants to also apply for and take part in the MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship at the same time. For more information about the Scholarship, please see the information here.

  • What are the prizes for Origin and how can I use or spend them?
    • The winner of MedTech Actuator Origin 2022 will take home a $10K cash prize, over $5k worth of in-kind support, and a fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023. The $10K cash prize is equity-free and should help you set up a startup, validate your startup idea and move your project closer to market. Funds will be stage-gated and unlocked based on budget and invoice reimbursement.

      Additional prizes that participants have a chance to win include two People’s Choice Awards; one awarded at the Semi-final (up to the value of $200); and, one awarded at the MedTech Actuator Showcase (up to the value of $1000). These prizes are provided directly to recipients with no stage gates or additional requirements.

      For the full prize guidelines for MedTech Actuator Origin 2022, please see here.

  • I live outside of Victoria. How should I fund my trip to Melbourne for the in-person components of MedTech Actuator Origin?
    • In order to provide equal access to MedTech Actuator programs, travel stipends are available on request for individuals who reside outside of Victoria. Travel stipends are up to $500 per person.

  • I still have questions about Origin. Can I speak to someone?

MedTech Actuator Accelerator Program

  • What are your investment terms and participation fees?
    • The MedTech Actuator takes 5% equity for participation in the program.

      Participants in the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator are eligible for up to $200,000 investment in return for up to 20% equity through our seed fund — equating to 1% equity for every $10,000 if this is your first capital raise. For companies that have raised before with sophisticated and/or wholesale investors, MedTech Actuator may match the previous valuation.
      Investment is typically split into two tranches. The first tranche of $50,000 happens at the beginning of the program, typically through a SAFE agreement, while the second tranche of up to $150,000 is triggered after meeting certain predefined milestones. Investment is optional for accepted startups but we find that most participating teams choose to make use of this opportunity.

      The program fee and the seed investment terms are the same for all startups.



  • We don’t need funding; can we still get participate in the program?
    • Yes, absolutely. Investment through the MedTech Actuator™’s seed fund is optional for startups participating in the program. There is no obligation to seek investment from the MedTech Actuator™’s seed fund. 

      However, the 5% equity fee for participation in the program is non-negotiable.



  • Why does the MedTech Actuator™ take equity in the companies?
    • Taking equity aligns the MedTech Actuator’s interests with your interests and incentivises us to push harder and go the extra mile for our founders – well beyond the duration of the program. The 5% participation fee, equivalent to $50k at a $1M valuation, is what makes our 12-month ‘one of a kind’ program possible. With the program fee, we are able to provide 100+ speakers, 1:1 individual mentoring for the duration of the program, and lifetime access to our resources and communities without taking money from early-stage startups.

  • How much can I expect to raise after demo day?
    • After demo day you will be raising a seed round with external investors. The size of the round differs from startup to startup and will depend on the potential that investors see in your company. Typically, MedTech Actuator™ startups raise between $350k and $1M post demo day.
      The MedTech Actuator™ will be actively supporting you on your fundraising journey post demo day by helping you with fundraising strategy development, and investor outreach activities, and preparing you for the next raise at the end of the 12-month program and through follow-on investment.

  • Am I eligible?
    • Our program is targeted at MedTech, HealthTech, and BioTech startups at TRL 4 and above. Our specialty is deep tech with robust IP and a regulated path to market. Slick apps and user interfaces are great, but what gets us excited are radical new technologies like bionics, diagnostics, implants, instrumentation, robotics, personal preventative medicine, telemedicine, AI and VR that will create a step-change in our healthcare systems and economies.

      If you are unsure about eligibility or have any other questions about our program, you can speak to a Program Manager before submitting an application.



  • What is the application process?
    • A summary of the information you’ll need to submit can be found here. If your application is shortlisted, our expert panel will begin due diligence on your company, and you’ll hear from us to set up a video interview. The most promising teams will be selected to present to our Investment Advisory Board (IAB). Based on the decision of this board and Medtech Actuator’s internal review, you’ll be offered a place in the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator Program.

  • Should I reapply if I am told ‘no’?
    • Yes. Sometimes we say no to companies because they are too early in their journey to extract total value from the MedTech Actuator™ program. Often these companies are good candidates for our early-stage competition, the MedTech Actuator™ Origin. The MedTech Actuator™ Origin will provide you with the opportunity to refine your technology and business model. It is free to enter and provides a small cash prize to the winner to develop their startup further. If you’ve continued to develop your company and technology — either within the MedTech Actuator™ Origin or on your own — you should consider reapplying for the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator.
      We have also set up these resources to help early-stage companies prepare their applications and learn more about the industry – make sure to check it out!



  • How do you choose which companies to accept into the MedTech Actuator™?
    • We focus on team, market, technology, and traction. 

      • Team: We look for passionate, well-rounded founder teams with strong skills in key areas such as technology, clinical, business and commercialisation that have a unique insight into their market and are high-integrity and inspiring leaders with a focus on execution.
      • Market: We like markets within the MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech sectors that are either large but ripe for disruption, underserved, or so radically new they don’t yet exist.
      • Technology: Our specialty is deep tech with a regulated path to market. We look for technologies and products with the potential to create unfair market advantage and a clear path towards strong, protectable IP.
      • Traction: Ideas matter but the execution makes the difference. That is why we like to see evidence of early traction or data points validating your core assumptions such as early proof of concept and safety data, a robust need validation, or expressions of interest from lead users or customers.

      Read this blog post from the Head of Programs on refining your accelerator application.



  • Can you describe the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator program?
    • The MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator program is designed to address the three primary startup risk factors – technology, capital access, and team capability – and is divided into three phases. The first two phases (months 1–4) consist of sprints and downtime. You’ll spend the first week of each month in an intensive sprint with your colleagues, learning from industry experts. During non-sprint weeks you’ll be free to work on your startup full-time — implementing what you’ve learnt. You’ll access the MedTech Actuator’s network of industry mentors and work towards agreed milestones.
      At the end of the 6-month mark, you may have an opportunity to present at the Showcase Gala – our annual dinner with partners and investors.
      In phase 2 of the Program, founders embark on self-structured, intensive growth with full access to our industry mentors and ecosystem partners — and support of fundraising activities. An international trade mission is scheduled at the 12-month mark, the details will be available closer to the date.

  • What benefits do startups get from participating in the program?
    • Participating in the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator program will:

      • de-risk your startup. The MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator is designed to equip you with the skills, network, and resources you need to successfully navigate the complex life sciences commercialisation pathway. You’ll learn from industry experts and draw from our experience and knowledge so that your startup has the best chance of success. We will support you in developing a tailored fundraising strategy to access our network of venture capital firms, angel investors, and corporate venture funds.
      • turbocharge your startup. We’ve designed the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator for maximum speed and efficiency. Together we’ll create milestones for your startup that gets you to market faster. You’ll be surrounded by all the expertise, resources, and infrastructure your health startup needs so you can focus on building your company.
  • What does a typical day for a founder in the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator look like?
    • During sprint weeks, you’ll work on IP, building your team, product development, regulatory pathways, reimbursement strategy and your go-to-market strategy. You’ll stress test your strategies with experts and be inspired by fellow entrepreneurs and those further in their journey. Each day in sprint week is intensive by design, to give you momentum and get you that much closer to your next value inflection point.
      In off-sprint weeks, you’ll work with your team members towards key milestones. You’ll work with industry mentors, apply what you’ve learnt in sprint weeks, refine your strategy and grow your company.

  • What are the attendance requirements?
    • The MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator requires the full-time participation of someone core to your team, including sprint attendance, pitching practices and presentations to our network.

  • How is the MedTech Actuator™ Accelerator different to other programs?
    • We specialise in MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech. We understand regulatory pathways, IP and reimbursement models and have powerful relationships with advanced manufacturing companies, the biggest global medical technology corporations and life sciences-focused investor groups. Read more about What makes us different.

  • Where should I be based to be eligible to participate in the MedTech Actuator™ and where is the program delivered?
    • Our sprints will be delivered in person in Melbourne and online. You should be able to attend at least 2 in-person 5-day long sprints in Melbourne and the Demoday in February.



MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship

  • What is MedTech Actuator?
    • MedTech Actuator is a MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup accelerator that operates programs across Australia and Asia-Pacific.

      The MedTech Actuator was founded in 2018 by serial MedTech entrepreneurs and health policy experts who understood that MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech ventures require a bespoke acceleration model.

      We connect the region’s broad ecosystem to empower founders to build the next wave of global MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech success stories.

      MedTech Actuator programs are aimed towards startups at different stages – from idea to growth. Programs include the MedTech Actuator Accelerator; MedTech Actuator Origin and the MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship and Fellowship, as well as Singapore-based programs like Growth and Global Navigator.

  • What is the Menzies Foundation?
    • Menzies Foundation aspires to raise the profile and importance of ‘outstanding’ leadership by encouraging Australians to reflect on leadership, build their leadership capability and act for the greater good.

      The Foundation supports leadership platforms to explore, deepen understanding and codify approaches to leadership. The Foundation’s efforts to explore the dimensions of leadership from multiple perspectives supports the foundation’s strong focus on identifying the leadership qualities and attributes that are key to leading in an Australian and global context.

      The Foundation’s ultimate ambition is to build a leadership movement by sharing these insights with the Australian community and contributing to the leadership discourse.

  • Why should I apply for the scholarship?
    • The MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for scientists, researchers and innovators to explore the world of entrepreneurship, research commercialisation and MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startups.

      In other words, if you’re interested in learning more about the areas above then this Scholarship program is the perfect fit for you.

      The program exposes awardees to the ecosystem through intensive learning, networking, mentorship and coaching so that you learn about the journey behind translating research into a healthcare startup before embarking on it.

      Recipients embark on a four-month scholarship, where they gain knowledge from leading industry experts, work alongside Australia’s emerging healthcare entrepreneurs and receive mentorship from MedTech Actuator.

      Across an industry-led intensive sprint and mentorship, scholarship recipients will gain an extensive overview of entrepreneurship, the startup ecosystem and the commercialisation process as well as a one-off, $1,000 stipend to aid the commercialisation journey. Topics covered include pathways to market, business models, navigating Australia’s healthcare ecosystem, idea validation, intellectual property, pitching, professional development, and funding for early-stage ventures.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
    • The MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship applications are open from Friday, June 3 to Friday, July 15.
      You can submit your application here.

  • What are the key activities of the scholarship?
    • Over the four-month scholarship, awardees will take part in the following activities:

      • Group learning (online) – from September 1
        Join MedTech Actuator online for a half-day bootcamp, where you’ll get a brief overview of what it takes to build a healthcare venture. Following this session, you’ll receive access to the Scholarship basecamp with online learning materials to refer to throughout the program.
      • Fortnightly coaching (online) – from September 5
        Following the bootcamp, you’ll meet with Program Coordinator, Makenzie Thomas, for fortnightly coaching and discussions about the topics covered in the Scholarship basecamp. Plus, general career tips, networking with other Scholars, and special visits from industry experts!
      • Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – October 25 – 27
        The Scholarship program culminates in October when you join MedTech Actuator Origin for a three-day intensive sprint in Melbourne. Over three days, you’ll be introduced to topics such as pathways to market, business models, navigating Australia’s healthcare ecosystem, idea validation, intellectual property, pitching, professional development, and funding for early-stage ventures.
      • Menzies Scholarship Breakfast – October 26
        Join MedTech Actuator CEO, Dr Buzz Palmer, and Menzies Foundation CEO, Liz Gillies, for the Scholarship Breakfast to meet the cohort and chat about innovation in human health, your projects and your career goals.
  • What are the time commitments of the scholarship?
    • Scholarship recipients are expected to allocate around 2 hours per week to the program and its learning materials for the duration of the program. 

      Attendance at the following events is expected of Scholarship recipients:

      • Fortnightly coaching (online) – from September 5 to October 31 at 4:30 – 5:00 pm
      • Intensive sprint (Melbourne*) – October 25 – 27 from 9:00 – 5:30 pm
      • Scholarship breakfast (Melbourne*) – October 26 from 8:00 – 9:30 am

      *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 eligibility criteria for the scholarship?
    • Applicants to the Scholarship program must:

      • Be completing a post-graduate degree at an Australian university or research institution up to, and inclusive of, a Post-Doctorat. Similar engagement at an industry level in Australia is accepted;
      • Have a research project in human health;
      • Be highly motivated to learn about commercialisation and research translation, as well as Australia’s health, medical, and biotechnology startup ecosystem; and,
      • Be able to attend all program activities scheduled on the key dates listed above.

      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.



  • I am currently studying/working/between degrees. Can I still apply for the scholarship?
    • Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria listed above we encourage you to apply. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Makenzie Thomas – makenzie@medtechactuator.com

  • I live/work/study overseas, can I still apply for the scholarship?
    • To be eligible for a scholarship, recipients must be completing a postgraduate degree at an Australian university or research institution up to, and inclusive of, a Post-Doctorat. Similar engagement at an industry level in Australia is accepted.

      If you are currently overseas, e.g. for work or study, but fit within the eligibility above and can attend the in-person components of the program in Melbourne on October 25 to 27, then, yes, we would encourage you to apply. 

      If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Makenzie Thomas – makenzie@medtechactuator.com



  • What are the application questions?
  • When will I know if my application has been successful?
    • Applications close on July 15 and successful candidates will be invited to an online interview on August 10. Successful recipients will be notified on August 12.



  • Can I engage in other MedTech Actuator programs whilst undertaking the scholarship?
    • Yes! It is possible for Scholarship recipients to also apply for and take part in MedTech Actuator Origin at the same time. For more information about MedTech Actuator Origin, please see the program information here.

  • How much is the scholarship stipend and how can I spend it?
    • Scholarship recipients will receive a one-off, $1000 stipend to be spent at their discretion. The stipend is designed to assist Scholarship recipients on their commercialisation journey and cover costs related to their research project.



  • I live outside of Victoria. How should I fund my trip to Melbourne for the in-person components of the Menzies Scholarship?
    • 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.



  • I still have questions about the Scholarship. Can I speak to someone?