Fostering the Next Generation of Innovators & Entrepreneurs

We’re catalysing the future of innovation through Entrepreneurship Skill- building, Startup Placements and Advocacy.

Applications to Illume Programs are now open. Go to program Page to apply!

Our community

Students & Graduates and Aspiring Founders

Interested in entrepreneurship, startups and in innovative careers and aspire to build their company now or someday!

Startups & Innovative Companies

Interested in junior talent with entrepreneurial mindset and want to mentor the next generation of talent.

Education Institutes

Interested in providing real-world entrepreneurial experience to their students and be at the forefront of innovative learning.

Together, we’re bringing Industry, Academia and the Startup Community together for a World that is More Innovative, Entrepreneurial & Impactful.

Illume Experience

  • Vetted startup opportunities- jobs, internships
  • Students across faculties and universities and early career professionals
  • Relevant Industry mentorship and access to curated guest speakers 
  • Learn about the world of startups, venture capital and social entrepreneurship and a chance to create your own venture
  • Community of like-minded students, graduates and first time founders
100+ Fellows Placed
50+ Startups Powered
600+ Student Community

About Us​

Illume Foundation is a talent accelerator connecting entrepreneurial and innovative talent to fuel innovation. Our programs focus on students, graduates and first-time founders to develop their entrepreneurial thinking and employability skills, and transition into the workforce or create their ventures faster than they normally would. We bring startup know hows, connections and industry mentorship to provide ‘real world’ experience to accelerate careers. Learn more.

Fellows Testimonials

Shweta Singh University of Melbourne, Australia / Masters in Information Systems

" As a former corporate employee and new to Australia, I wanted to join a startup but didn't know where to begin. Through Illume, I not only learnt the startup skills but also got my first startup job as a Graduate Engineer rising to Delivery head for a global startup."

Khairul Zaki Swinburne University of Technology, Australia / Bach in Computer Science

"I have had technical internships in the past, but Illume's internship was different because it gave me insights to working at a startup and developing the 'right mindset' particularly important for technical professionals. Illume helped me get my first Developer role in Australia."

Aadesh Rana University of Melbourne, Australia / Masters in Infomation Technology

"As an international student, it is challenging to get your first role, I was fortunate to go through Illume Program and intern as a Developer for a startup, leading that into a full-time role. I credit my career in Australia to Illume."

Belle Shui University of Melbourne, Australia / Master in Marketing Communication

"I loved my internship experience at Illume as it provided first-hand experience of working in a fast-paced startup environment. Being able to put into practice what you learn in your course is really important. I also got a job with the same company as I completed my internship."

Abhijit Bhaumik University of Melbourne, Australia / Masters in Infomation System

"Prior to Illume, my work experience in Australia was not related to my field and I was keen to that before my graduation. Illume internship helped me with that and ignited my curiosity to work for a startup. Through Illume I expanded my professional network, meeting interesting people throughout."

James Chen University of Melbourne, Australia / Bachelor of Commerce

" I wanted to pursue a career in Investment and to understand about startups and investment 101. My internship with Illume helped me with that. What I loved about the program was that the mentors and speakers shared common passion for 'entrepreneurship', 'innovation' and 'impact'."

Kaustubh Ilmulwar Deakin University, Australia / Masters of Information Systems

From a student to IT Support Engineer. "Illume helped me get my first job in my field in Australia"

Our Partners and Supporters

What Our Partners Say

" Illume introduced us to whole host of really employable applicants. Illume enabled us to offer summer internship program for the first time ever and offer one of our interns a full-time job immediately afterwards. What Illume provides is a game-changer for startups and students alike: both searching for each other, fruitlessly, until now!"

David Hallamore Founder, SCORKL

"Illume is creating an innovation pathway for university graduates by connecting and enabling them to contribute to Startup Gippsland's early founder programs. Illume is a valued partner as they fill an important startup innovation niche for regional Victoria."

Elena Kelareva​ Founder, GippsTech, Former Google​

"Illume understands the challenges of graduates and international students. The students had a brain to pick, an ear to listen and someone to guide them during their internship. They acquired new skills, gained new found confidence and a significant number of these students were successful in finding full-time work."​

Manorani Guy Founder & President, VicWise

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