The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) - the leading specialist games educator and non-profit organisation - wants to help its graduates to achieve their dreams through the AIE Incubator Program.

The AIE Incubator Program supports development teams who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Management (Learning) with ongoing assistance and funding to successfully operate and grow their business through the development of games and other interactive digital content.

The Incubator Program is provided at no cost. AIE take no equity in companies created in the program and no royalties from or retain ownership of IP in the products that are developed.

AIE Incubator Grants Fund

AIE has announced the creation of the AIE Incubator Grants Fund which will award up to $1 million over the next 10 years for game development projects. These grants will support the development and commercialisation of games and other interactive digital content for participants of AIE’s Incubator Program for start-up studios. More information about this announcement. 

UPDATE: The first round of funding is now open for teams that are completing the Graduate Diploma in 2022 and closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 31st December 2023.

  • Incubator Loan Equipment and Services Policy and Procedure

  • Incubator Program Loan Equipment Form



AIE Incubator Program

AIE's Incubator Program is designed to help graduates create their own independent game businesses and commercialise their innovative digital media content. This program will address some of the gaps between what it takes to design and create games and the skills and knowledge required to be a successful independent developer. The program covers business planning and development as well as marketing, publishing and community engagement
AIE Incubator Program
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