Fast Start

1:1 coaching for high potential health tech teams & startups

What is Fast Start?

Fast Start is a 6-month bespoke commercialisation coaching program for high potential health tech teams and startups. With the help of a dedicated expert and supported by industry mentors, you'll refine your strategy, set goals and we'll help you to get there faster.

What is the Fast Start experience like?

Fast Start is specifically designed to address the needs of each team. It can be in-person or virtual, but either way we will push you, we will hold you accountable, we will be give you honest feedback when you need it - but we'll also be your biggest champions.

You will be matched with mentors based on the needs and goals you are aiming to achieve.

  • Monthly 1-on-1 sessions with your coach

  • Get connected with a network of mentors spanning industry, investment, startups, government and beyond

  • A dedicated workspace for 6 months at the Cicada HealthTech Hub

  • Be part of Cicada’s HealthTech Hub community

  • Introductions to Cicada’s network

  • Access to curated events, resources

  • Be part of the Fast Start Graduation Showcase

Fast Start helps teams to

Every team's pathway is different, so what your team gets out of Fast Start will depend on what you are seeking to achieve.

Outcomes from previous Fast Start participants have included:

  • Establishing new partnerships

  • Increasing industry engagement

  • Getting investment ready

Who are we looking for?

Research teams to established startups

Research teams to established startups From academic teams to entrepreneurs, we’re looking for teams in the pursuit of real-world impact and commercial outcomes.
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Preclinical to early traction

From pre-clinical project to growing early business, our support is tailored to provide the right guidance, resources, and expertise for you.

Pressing health problems and new innovations

We want to support team who are researching new medical treatments, or developing therapies or technologies to improve patient care, or working to address public health concerns.

Open-minded and ready to learn

You are actively seeking out opportunities to acquire new skills, knowledge, and understanding. You are curious and ask questions, you are driving your team or startup forward.

Key Dates

Apply by 10th November 2023

The program runs from December 2023 to May 2024

Fast Start helps teams gain


A clear next step

As a deep tech founder, you are juggling a million things at once. Our programs create a safe space and dedicated time for you to test your ideas, scenarios, and assumptions surrounded by seasoned mentors, experts, and peers.


Work alongside peers

No one understands the challenges of building a deep tech venture like those on the same journey. Learn alongside other founders, experienced operators and experts who can provide support and strategic advice as you build your venture.


Build your reputation in the market

Participating in our programs not only elevates your startup's credibility, making you a trusted player in the field, but also opens doors to a powerful network of industry experts, investors, and fellow trailblazers.

Cicada Health Tech Hub

Located inside Westmead Health and Innovation District, The Cicada HealthTech Hub will be a home to early stage health companies, a space for collaboration and commercialisation activation, and a landing pad for industry seeking solutions to their research and business challenges. Helping to contribute to the vision of making Westmead a world-class innovation district in health and education. The Cicada HealthTech Hub is proudly supported by NSW Government.

Residency at our healthtech incubator

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