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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 accelerator 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.

Dive deep and reassess your current business model, learn about the latest innovation methods and get recommendations for how to improve your website, social media and search engine optimisation. Sessions will also focus on how to plan for long-term financial and business success.

Business innovation program alumni - Left to right, back row: Koskela, Kelly Slessor, Citizen Wolf, N2 Gelato/Tokyo Lamington, Senzu Roots. Middle row: Investible Pty Ltd, Courtesy of the Artist, Caim & Able, Ra Ra Ramen, Koa Recovery, The Cruelty Free Shop, The Freedom Hub, Zeitgeist Group. Front row: Saint John Espresso, Modsie, Pop Up On Demand, Art Pharmacy

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 13 March 
  • Applications close: 5pm Tuesday 11 April
  • Program starts: Monday 1 May 
  • Program ends: Monday 24 July

Participants join an alumni of more than 70 local businesses like Kepos Street Kitchen, Workshopped, Courtesy of the Artist, Potts Point Bookshop, Chai Time and many more.

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