Health Accelerator

Health Accelerator

Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve Success


About the Sunshine Coast Health Industry

The Health and Wellbeing industry is the Sunshine Coast’s largest employer with approximately 1,700 healthcare businesses in operation and about 21,000 people working in the sector.  This industry is also one of the largest generators of economic activity in the region and predicted to double its share of the employment market by 2033.


Health Research at the University of the Sunshine Coast

Within the broad field of human health, USC researchers work across four broad research themes:

Optimising Health and Combating Disease

Innovative Health Technologies

Healthy Communities

Effective Health Services

USC’s research has a strong focus on delivering innovative, effective health solutions and improved health outcomes in regional and outer metropolitan communities. USC's researchers are embedded with industry partners in the areas of drug discovery, medical device development and implementation, health services re-design and health professional workforce development.

Are you a MedTech, Health or Wellbeing entrepreneur with plans to scale your business? Do you need guidance and practical support to turn your vision into a commercial reality? 

Australian Health Accelerator (AHx) Program

AHx program is a catalyst for validating and commercialising new, innovative health related products and services with access to state-of-the-art facilities, simulation suites and laboratories.

Whether you have a great idea that needs to get off the ground or you’re already trading and looking to scale up, this program steers your venture in the right direction with tried and tested industry specific tools, resources and international connections. The AHx program is the region’s first health and wellbeing accelerator. The Innovation Centre will find, fund and accelerate 10 ambitious businesses in the region, giving them the skills, connections and opportunities they need to take their business to the next level.

Our Partners

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through Incubator Support initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

When and Where

WHEN:  October 2019
WHERE: Sunshine Coast Health Institute
FACILITATOR: Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast

Australia is home to some of the most exciting health related research and clinical innovations in the world and represents tremendous growth potential for local business. With our IC capability, $5Billion Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and other competitive advantages – the Sunshine Coast is the ideal location for AH-x.

Support from our partners

Healthtech Innovation QLD

“We are pleased to partner with the Sunshine Innovation Centre to support Queensland’s first health and wellbeing accelerator. There is a need for specialized scaling and commercialization of innovative health and medical technologies in the region to address challenges such as our aging population and increasing chronic disease rates. The AHx program will enable local health and welling start-ups to accelerate and boost their potential to improve health outcomes and transform healthcare in the region and beyond.” Tamara Mills, Director

Sunshine Coast Health Institute

“The AHx program will help drive a culture of innovation at the SCHI, whilst also providing capacity building for health-related entrepreneurs to validate and commercialise new, innovative products in one of the newest and most advanced hospitals in the world.” Anton Sanker, Director.

What you will achieve


Validate your ideas through product testing and market research opportunities


Commercialise and develop a go-to market strategy with clear milestones and goals


Launch your business to industry leaders, media, potential customers and investors


Gain brand exposure, build your reputation and gain valuable feedback.


Build a global network of key business connections and mentors with industry experience


Gain targeted exposure, profile and communicate your venture broadly


Expand your business knowledge through our industry focused accelerator program.


Understand how to manage your finances, become investment ready, prepare IM and pitch to investors


Access to our rolodex of businesses, government and university contacts. Access to visiting entrepreneurs, regular events, workshops and extensive networking.


Access to IC Partner perks, IC Colab Membership and a range of other resources.


Advice on offshore landing zones ie. Silicon Valley, Austin, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, etc. Plus free Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) membership.


Access SCHI and USC research labs (on an approved project basis).

Register for Demo Day 2020

The IC is investigating opportunities to deliver the AH-x in Brisbane and Moreton Bay with its partners from April 2020. If you are interested in learning more, please watch this space for more information in January 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Director

Ms. Tamara Mills is Managing Director of ImpactXHealth, an organization supporting the growth and development of the Australasian health innovation ecosystem through both accelerating company growth and facilitating strategic investments into early stage start-ups through to small cap publicly listed companies involved in the development of breakthrough medical and healthcare technologies.

Tamara has founded, funded and led a number of companies at the intersection of healthcare and the creative industries, including Glucotek, De Motu Cordis, merging design and science to disrupt current state of care, and has a track record in both successful capital raising and driving asset growth. Tamara currently sits on the Expert Investment Advisory Committee of Uniseed advising on investment decisions in the emerging health technology space and actively manages the venture capital funds for Creative Enterprise Australia.

Tamara has extensive experience in the commercialization of innovative medical technologies across the United States, Japan, Brazil, Europe and Australia, having held executive level positions within Australia and internationally at both publicly listed and private companies. Tamara has a strong track record in portfolio asset management in commercial radiopharmaceutical space having previously managed the pipeline product portfolio for Jubilant life sciences.

Tamara Mills, MBA, MHEcon, BSc, GAICD

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Our Premium Service providers

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through Incubator Support initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Expressions of Interest Now Open

If you would have an innovative business and would like to be considered for the next delivery of the Australian Health Accelerator, please complete an Expression Of Interest on the link below.

The 2018-2019 Cohort

Feedback received by cohort members

“From the moment we started we pivoted from a theoretical product to one that we have already built. The difference in my ability to pitch in front of a crowd is completely different. I no longer have stage fright. Having the Innovation Centre helping us along was amazing as well. Best of all 4 accelerator we took based on terms of market readiness and commercialisation.

Robert Buehrig

Cogniuom CEO & Co-Founder
I had some reservations if my business was progressed enough to participate, and my stage of development I had everything in order. I now think there is no ‘right time’ - every startup needs to be involved in an accelerator. The AHx Accelerator was particularly good for me because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. At every workshop, I learnt something new due to the content and variety, diversity of experience and quality of speakers and presenters.

Darrell Edwards

ForgetSPECS, Founder
Altogether, I found the AHx experience both challenging and rewarding. I now feel even more optimistic about my business model and how Medmin can more effectively help my clients solve their problems. I would thoroughly recommend the Australian Health Accelerator program to companies in this sector wanting to scale nationally and globally.

David Quigley

Medmin. Founder
As Australia’s first licenced medical cannabis company, MEDIFARM, was proud to be a part of the wonderful AHx Initiative. This USC - Innovation Centre pioneering program was invaluable in its business support and leadership. It was exceptionally helpful to be a part of such a well-designed and practically implemented program from which MEDIFARM has seen real benefit.

Adam Benjamin

Medifarm Founding Director
AH-x has really assisted Net-Health to scale - the program helped me identify the beach head market, enhanced my value proposition/pitch and I have been able to confidently access eight new business development leads with organisations like the USC’s Clinical Trial Centre, SunCare, Diabetes Centre Nambour, Medimobile and Wishlist Foundation. As a result of the AHx program, NetHealth has secured three new platform agreements, progressed through to round 4 of the Ignite Grants (EoI stage) and benefited from valuable guidance from the IC, AHx team, presenters and the cohort network too.

Vidya Nallamad

Net-health, Founding Director