Venture Dorm Pre-Accelerator Program

Mentor hours from industry experts

Lifetime cash injections

Startups created

Welcome to the Venture Dorm Pre-Accelerator program!

Venture Dorm will help you take your business, product or service from idea to market validation in as little as 8 weeks. It is a hands-on, immersive experience that’s perfect for all kinds of founders – including those who have a day job or are studying. Venture dorm is now delivered in multiple locations:


Limestone Coast 

Barossa – Yorke – Mid North 

Venture Dorm, our award-winning business accelerator program, is designed to equip you with the skills and mindset you need for the next phase of your journey.

Week by week, the program will give you time, space and support to solve your complex business problem. 8 weeks later, you’ll have clearly defined ‘next steps’ and the confidence you need to take them.

Venture Dorm is hands-on and immersive, whether you have an idea or already have an established business. It is the ideal program for anyone asking themselves ‘What do I need to do to make this happen?’

What you can expect from Venture Dorm

The award-winning Venture Dorm program gives you a weekly session in which you will have the opportunity to test your ideas and assumptions with experienced facilitators and mentors. This is not a theoretical program. You will get your hands dirty and take real, meaningful steps toward building your business.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation from Venture Dorm, you will have:

  • Defined your idea and developed a viable, sustainable business model
  • An understanding of the Lean Startup principles
  • Conducted customer development and validation
  • Created and learned how to use a Purpose to Impact Canvas
  • Created and pitched your business, service or product to experienced mentors
Venture Dorm Metro

Venture Dorm Metro

Flinders at Tonsley

Venture Dorm has run from Flinders at Tonsley for the last five years, and it’s a welcoming and supportive base for our new founders. Metro Venture Dormers can work from eNVIsion (our incubator program) during their round, as well as access world-class facilities. Plus, you never know the connections you can make at the coffee machine!

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Venture Dorm Barossa-Yorke-Mid North

Venture Dorm Barossa-Yorke-Mid North

Barossa Campus


Thinking comes more easily in a chateau, it’s a proven fact. The Barossa Campus offers lecture spaces, speedy internet, and a beautiful place for the facilitation of Venture Dorm, in the beautiful surrounds of SA’s best wine country. Oh, and did we mention it’s free to anyone starting a business?

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Venture Dorm Limestone Coast

Venture Dorm Limestone Coast

Mount Gambier High School Collaborative Learning Centre


Located in eNVIsion in Mount Gambier High School’s ClC, Venture Dorm LC is a hub of togetherness. Work amongst the brightest young minds of one of state’s five entrepreneurial schools and make the most of the coworking facilities, central location and the fastest internet in the SouthEast.

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Upcoming rounds


You can register your interest by filling out the form below.



  • Depending on the location that you choose to participate in Venture Dorm, costs will vary. 
  • For teams greater than two, please outline this in the registration form and we will contact you.

Your Venture Dorm Facilitators

Orren Pruncken

Orren Pruncken

Pracademic and Venture Dorm Facilitator


Entrepreneur. Former President of Startup Adelaide Inc. Australia Day Citizen of the Year for Unley. Recognised in the Top 50 Australian Startup Influencers.

Bert Verhoeven

Bert Verhoeven

Senior Lecturer In Innovation and Enterprise



Bert values courage over comfort, inspiring leaders to build a vision and pursue change. Since 2012, he’s been a global pioneer in the lean startup methodology, coaching and developing over 600 student startups. Genuine and caring as well as process, result and impact-oriented, Bert’s purpose and value driven mindset help him teach with clarity of insight.

Our Program Alumni: