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Ready, set, grow: business innovation program applications now open

Take your business to the next level and join our free innovation program.

Challenge the way you look at your business – come on a 12-week journey with other local retailers, hospitality, tourism and social enterprise businesses to explore opportunities for growth.

This year’s business innovation program is now open to 20 motivated and committed small business owners and, it’s entirely free.

Learn from entrepreneurial experts with bootcamp style one-day workshops, fortnightly in-person learning modules and fortnightly ‘ask me anything’ sessions online. All activity is supported by 1-to-1 mentoring.

Participants will learn how to streamline operations, reset their business model, build website and social media skills and connect with other business owners.

What an eye-opening experience - participating in this innovation program revealed my business's growth potential and areas for improvement. The insights have been invaluable.

Program participant Catherine Colubriale Couture, Paddington

The program is for retail, hospitality, tourism and social enterprise businesses in the City of Sydney local area. Applicants must be at the growth and scale-up stage, looking to bring innovation to their business model, services and experience.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Monday 6 November 
  • Applications close: 5pm Thursday 25 January
  • Program starts: Monday 4 March 
  • Program ends: Monday 20 May

Participants join an alumni of more than 90 local businesses like Kepos Street Kitchen, Pyrmont Cellars, Courtesy of the Artist, Potts Point Bookshop, Rustic French Bistro and many more.

Great program that covers a range of topics. Great to network and get help with problems that all small business owners encounter.

Program participant The Noble Hops, Redfern

Applications close Thursday 25 January 2024

Check your eligibility and find out more.

The business innovation program is funded by the City of Sydney and presented by local digital innovation consultancy, Disruptors Co.