HeadStart is the first Accelerator Program in Australia focused on supporting the development of sports technology start-ups.

Developed by the ASTN in 2014 HeadStart began the process of identifying and evaluating best-of-breed sports technology and IT start-up opportunities.

By the end of 2015 a total of 14 early stage businesses have participated in the HeadStart Program.

Participating businesses have been supported over a minimum 6 month period by a combination of mentoring from sports technology experts, facilitated workshops by subject experts and entrepreneurship education from leading US business schools.

Since the inception of the Program in early 2014;

  • at least 4 businesses have raised seed or follow-on funding,
  • at least 2 businesses have won domestic or international awards for their solutions
  • at least 2 businesses have secured international distribution deals for their products

Participating businesses in the program have included;

  • Sports protective wear product
  • Electronic skateboard product
  • Gamified fitness system
  • Wearable technology & communications device
  • Athlete tracking solution
  • Cloud-based emergency management records platform
  • Online corporate governance evaluation tool
  • Cloud-based agriculture management & traceability solution