About IACT

InnovationACT (IACT) is Canberra’s largest entrepreneurship program and is an initiative of The Australian National University (ANU).

The Program

The program was founded in 2008 by a group of PhD students from ANU with the aim to teach entrepreneurship to people from different disciplines.

Since its inception, IACT has expanded to include all major tertiary institutions in Canberra, and we support hundreds of entrepreneurs each year.


IACT supports individuals through the early processes of establishing a venture, with the aim to empower them with the skills, tools and networks to kickstart their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Through a ten-week learning journey, consisting of workshops, expert seminars and mentoring from local entrepreneurs, they will form teams and learn to conceive, validate and develop an innovative business idea.

Learn more about the program.


We work closely with many organisations and initiatives in the startup community and we are proud to have established ourselves as a key resource in Canberra’s innovation ecosystem.

Learn more about our partners and supporters.


    "IACT is a key part of the CBR innovation ecosystem... and we are already seeing a number of the business ideas moving into the broader CBR innovation ecosystem."

    Sarah Pearson, Former CEO of CBR Innovation Network


    "Supporting IACT provided my business with more than just an opportunity to meet interesting people while sharing, sharpening and promoting our skills; it also helped loop us in to the larger tapestry of innovation Canberra."

    Jarrod Farquhar-Nicol, Director of Canary Trade Mark Assistance


    "InnovationACT was a fantastic experience. The benefits and grown that have come personally from participating in the program and the Canberra innovation ecosystem have been fantastic."

    Brenton Kalisch, Innovation Analyst at KPMG

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