Creating investable ventures to accelerate research impact.
TRAM Air is a 6-month program that hones the investability of your venture and elevates your chances of securing funding for your business. It is designed to equip you with invaluable entrepreneurial knowledge and learnings from real-life experiences to navigate the turbulent journey of capital raising for ventures that deliver research impact.
You’ll gain access to a vast network of dedicated mentors through our Air Support mentor program, along with access to domain experts, business and strategy workshops, resources to support your pathway to investment and a hotdesk at the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre coworking space. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from experienced founders, industry experts, Australian angels and investors.
TRAM Air also provides ongoing support to assist you in raising capital from angel investors and venture capital firms such as the newly launched University of Melbourne Genesis Pre Seed Fund and Tin Alley Ventures. The program culminates in the TRAM Air Showcase, where you’ll find leading industry investors gathered to hear about your progress and give feedback.
To be considered for the program, the team:
1. must have an incorporated business entity (a startup company)
2. and have 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 commercialising IP that is licensed or assigned from the University of Melbourne
3. previous participation in one of the TRAM programs (Track, Runway or 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. (https://tram.org.au/apply)
Applications for the next program will open in March 2024. If you have questions about the program, please contact Maria Pelipas at [email protected]
The program is designed for startup teams working towards their capital raising goals.
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 is open to early stage or new research teams, TRAM Track and Runway are for teams that already have some traction, while TRAM Air assists more advanced teams who are working toward commercial outcomes. Head to our Programs page to find out more.
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.