Tech accelerator to kickstart disability-focused startups launches

By Kelly Rafferty
Employee Giving & Engagement Manager, Telstra Foundation

The Telstra Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services, is supporting the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to deliver Remarkable – Australia’s first disability focused impact accelerator.

Remarkable formally launched on 31st March at the University of Sydney at an event that was attended by the NSW Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Telstra executives, people living with a disability, designers, engineers and techies.

Over the next two years, Remarkable will prototype 30 tech projects and engage 300 people in the design process. Importantly people with disability are front and centre of Remarkable, participating from idea iteration right through to development and testing of the prototype.

To achieve this, Remarkable have taken on the challenge of being:

  1. Digital Midwives – helping to birth new tech prototypes through events like Enabled by Design-athon.
  2. Digital Gardeners – helping new inclusive start-up enterprises to grow through their accelerator program
  3. Digital Pollinators – helping to spread the message of universal design throughout other incubators and accelerators and through their regular Meetups


We’re excited to get to know the start-ups who will be incubated in Remarkable, as they harness the power of digital to build social and economic inclusion.

For more information about our partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance click here.

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