All superheroes have a beginning.

What will your Origin story be?

Origin is an comprehensive venture builder program that has over the last 10 years nurtured the entrepreneurial capabilities of over 2,500 clinicians, researchers, engineers, scientists, students, and inventors, and supported the creation of almost 200 startups – including  a unicorn – that have gone on to raise more than A$750m of capital.


At MedTech Actuator, we believe that startup founders are superheroes and all superheroes have a beginning. MedTech Actuator Origin offers emerging founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to dive into the MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup ecosystem and learn how to transform from idea to early-stage startup.


The winner of MedTech Actuator Origin will receive a cash and in-kind prize pack worth over A$15,000, and fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator.

MedTech Actuator Origin is supported by LaunchVic.

Information Session – August 8


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Qualifying teams will join MedTech Actuator in Melbourne for an intensive sprint, where, over three days, they’ll learn from industry experts, pressure test their innovations, network with a cohort, gain exposure to the startup ecosystem and health innovation, and pitch for an opportunity to receive a cash prize sponsored by industry leaders.

Intensive sprint

Three days of learning, where you’ll dive into the world of entrepreneurship and commercialisation, including workshops, founder stories, panel discussions, activities, and heaps more.

Rapid fire round, semifinal, and final

Bring it all together and pitch to industry leaders at the Rapid fire round, then semi-final and, then finally, in the final at the MedTech Actuator Showcase.


Pitch for an opportunity to receive a cash prize sponsored by industry leaders. Stand to be in the running to win a cash and in-kind prize pack worth over $20,000, and fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2024.

The Origin experience


from industry experts, founders, and MedTech Actuator


pressure test and turbocharge your project turning it into an early-stage startup


connect with a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs.


your team to the MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup ecosystem.


your project, idea or innovation to the industry.


over AUD15K worth of cash prizes and in-kind support.


your idea into an early-stage venture.

2024 Program Dates

Applications open – July 29 – Aug 26
Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – September 24 – 25
Semifinal (Melbourne) – September 25
MedTech Actuator Showcase Australia and Origin final (Melbourne) – Oct 10

Origin is an in-person program, based in Melbourne. Qualifying teams should be prepared to send one team representative to Melbourne for the intensive sprint and finals.

Program Eligibility

Applicants to the Origin program 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.

Hear from past contestants

Dr Annie McAuley

I capitalised on the opportunity on the MedTech Actuator™ Origin by opening a funding round during the ... Read more

Nick Opie

Since the MedTech Actuator™ Origin we’ve raised a total of over $21m, expanded into the US, commenced... Read more

Amy Yu

The MedTech Actuator™ Origin prize money enabled us to incorporate Ventora Medical, submit our provisio... Read more

At the MedTech Actuator, we’re for innovators. And 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.