Sydney Accelerator Network: IT

Our mission

To foster innovative research and development in ICT broadly defined and to facilitate the successful commercialisation of promising ideas by promoting a entrepreneurial culture that encourages and supports start-up business activities.

Collaborate, Create and Innovate

The Sydney Accelerator Network: IT (SAN) provides a platform for students, academics, and industry practitioners to collaborate and to come up with innovative solutions to challenging problems and to pursue opportunities for creating new products and services.

By actively engaging the university community and our industry partners, SAN will initiate and advance exciting projects, with the aim of successful commercial outcomes, and utilise the expertise of our partners with training and mentoring on an as-and-when-needed basis.

Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the accelerator will provide a conducive environment for experimenting with innovative ideas and developing and testing prototype solutions.

Director of SAN:IT
Professor Joseph Davis

Deputy Director of SAN:IT
Dr Vincent Gramoli


The hub will house up to six start-up companies at any time, and will facilitate:

  • short courses, full semester units of study, and other forms of experiential training on aspects of entrepreneurship and business development;
  • opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists and to connect with Silicon Valley start-ups through a high profile Advisory Panel;
  • guidance on optimal team formation with the right mix of technical and business development skills and background;
  • access to advice and support from researchers and academics with relevant, specialised expertise;
  • venture and commercialisation competitions to open to select groups;
    successful capstone project teams will be invited to join the hub;
  • links and pathways to the broader innovation ecosystem in Sydney through cooperative arrangements with similar innovation centres and incubators.

We are in the process of increasing the capacity to accommodate up to 12 start-ups.

Current members

Current members of SAN include:

Grok Learning - an online interactive platform that offers coding classes in programming languages like Python and Logo.

Health Copilot - At Health Copilot, we are building a weight loss coach bot called Aime (AI for me). Aime takes data from your health devices and applies machine learning to analyse your data and delivers real-time recommendations to guide you to your weight loss goal. Aime is intelligent. Her advice changes in real time as you transform your lifestyle.

Plannertrip - Plannertrip simplifies the travel planning process by creating customized itineraries. We extract information from several travel sources and match it with each user profile using artificial intelligence algorithms. In addition, we integrate the major travel providers to help you to book the most important things in just one platform.

Space Ops - Space Ops is a launch provider for small satellites. We provide frequent, individual launches for the fast-growing satellite market. No more waiting, no more compromise. Our proprietary rocket is manufactured to order, carrying up to 10kg payloads to orbit. We believe Australia has an opportunity to lead in the growing space industry. Space Ops exists to take us there.

WipeHero - WipeHero is bringing a whole new level of convenience to the relationship with our cars. Simply park anywhere, book online and we'll wash your car right where you left it. Our effective car cleaning process uses no water, saving on average 150 Liters of water per vehicle. Because water is precious yo. So convenience and conservation.

We are early stage, 2 co-founders and an interns. Our short term goal for the next 6 months is focusing on growth as well building out are technical back end and a mobile app. We currently service Sydney metro area and are expanding rapidly soon.

Past members

Atomnaut - Materials engineering is broken. In 2014, $64 billion was spent just on semiconductor R&D. It's the equivalent of Google's entire annual revenue, $66 billion. Advanced materials is a $3.5 trillion market.

Atomnaut has built the world's first microscope that can see every atom in 3D. A 100x resolution improvement. This data transforms materials engineering from experiment based trial & error, to cheaper and faster computer-aided decoding and design. We provide B2B analytical services and design of patentable new materials - from stronger lighter metals to smaller faster silicon electronics.

Hind Technology - At Hind Technology we design and manufacture specialized robotics control hardware and software systems for advance manufacturing and automation. With our flagship product "MASSO" which is a smart CNC machine controller we have been able to help hundreds of businesses worldwide achieve high accuracy and reliability in machine control. MASSO has been shipped to over 24 countries and more growing every month.

Hireflow - An Incubate and ATP Innovations supported startup, Hireflow is a start-up aimed at providing an integrative approach to aid the hiring process.

Hireflow provides an integrative, data-driven toolset, to empower SMEs to make their own hiring decisions whilst at the same time giving them a single place to manage their entire hiring process. The three most common problems SMEs face when it comes to hiring are a lack of time sorting through applications, a lack of knowledge when hiring for certain positions, and a lack of structure during the hiring process. Hireflow solves each problem by providing an automated toolset that allows for SMEs to make objective decisions whilst at the same time integrating with the most popular job boards and HR screening tools available on the market.

CricDoc - Cricdoc aims to inject sports science and sports medicine into cricket to improve performance and reduce injuries.

The most important modifiable risk factor for injuries in cricket fast bowlers is their bowling workload. We are developing the world’s first wrist wearable that detects bowling counts and generates alerts if the bowler exceeds workload limits. This device will not only help coaches track the fast bowler’s workload but also reduce their risk of injury.

Tzukuri - designers of wearable technology, with the first product being the world’s first handmade unloseable sunglasses. At the TECH23 2014 Awards in October Tzukuri took out three major prizes - the Noah Consulting Disruption Award, the Sirca University Medal for Student-led Tech Entrepreneurship and the People’s Choice Award.

Animatives (Pty Ltd) - To help people make creative animations from their smart phones, Animatives provides a new way of storytelling. Their first app, PicPac, can be used to make stop motion videos.

Iridium Dynamics - Iridium Dynamics is developing a novel unmanned aerial vehicle, to increase the capabilities of small surveillance aircraft when vertical take-off and landing capability.

More information

For more information contact
The School of Information Technologies
T +61 2 9351 3423


SAN is located on Level 2 of the School of Information Technologies Building at the University of Sydney.

SIT Building