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Helping research founders build and scale investable ventures

The TRAM Air program supports the best of the University of Melbourne's research community to build and scale impactful, investable ventures.

The aim is to build a sustainable and viable business, allowing founders to grow, expanding team capability, and equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to raise investment. Founders are supported by mentors with domain expertise, resident entrepreneurs, and direct connections into the investment community, including venture capital funds, business angels, high-net worth individuals, and other sources of capital.

The program is six-months long, running from May to October and is delivered in person at the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC) every Thursday, culminating in a TRAM Air Showcase - Investor breakfast - attended by leading industry investors.




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TRAM Track

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TRAM Runway

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Application information.

To be considered for the program, the team:

1) must have an incorporated business entity (startup);

2) and one of the following:

a) have a research affiliation with the University of Melbourne with at least one team member being a researcher, graduate researcher, student, alumni of or honorary from the University of Melbourne, or a University of Melbourne-affiliated organisation, including Medical Research Institutes and hospital partners;

b) OR to be commercialising IP that is licensed or assigned from the University of Melbourne.


3) previous participation in one of the TRAM programs (Track, Runway, TRAMx).

We care deeply about creating the most comprehensive experience for all teams and individuals, so we're happy to chat to you about which program is the best fit for you, depending on where your research project is at.

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Key Dates

Current Program
The program runs from May to October.
Applications for 2024 are now closed. Applications will open again in Q1 2025.


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What is TRAM Air?
The Tram Air program is designed for startup teams working towards their investment raising goals.
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What’s the difference between the TRAM programs?
The TRAM programs are designed to be matched to how advanced teams are along their research impact and/or commercialisation journey. TRAMx provides a taster for new research teams and individuals into the world of research impact, TRAM Track is for early-stage teams ready to tackle their project, Runway is for teams that already have some traction and TRAM Air assists incorporated businesses (research startups) that are working toward commercial outcomes. Head to our Programs page to find out more.
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What are the time commitments for TRAM Air?
Participants are required to attend a three-hour session in-person, per week. In addition, you’ll be spending time meeting with your mentor and working on your business.

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