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Ballarat Export-ready
Incubator 2022

Grow your business - learn how to sell overseas

What's the Ballarat Export-ready Incubator?

The Ballarat Export-ready Incubator is a free program which assists owners of new and early stage businesses to access workshops, business coaching, networks and support and knowledge to get ready to grow your business internationally.

The Incubator enables the development of global mindset, skills and capabilities to improve chances of commercial success.

How does the Incubator work?

Places are limited to up to 15 startup/early-stage business Founders.


Successful applicants will get:

- business knowledge, information and support to assist with one day exporting your products or services

- 5 x one day Saturday workshops about how to set up your business for export, finding markets and tech for export

- 6 individual or team 1:1 business coaching sessions at a time appropriate to you

- invitations to regular live webinars and other events to increase your knowledge and your networks

- introductions to local business organisations and accelerator programs where you may not have these networks

- free participation in an Incubator which is commercially worth about $5,000 per person

- a unique, exceptional quality Incubator lead by export experts and delivered in Ballarat (COVID-19 permitting)

This is a once in a lifetime business development opportunity as this Incubator will not be offered again in the Ballarat region.

Participation in this Incubator is completely free.

All elements are government funded.

What's the purpose of the Incubator?

  1. Expand your knowledge and information (about international markets, cultures, contacts, processes, etc)

  2. Expand your understanding of export processes

  3. Assist you to build strategies to overcome the barriers to trading internationally and / or exporting

  4. Help you to identify and prioritise international markets most appropriate for export of your product or service

  5. Enable you to better appreciate the legislative, jurisdictional, administrative and Trade Agreement procedures of the country/countries you have chosen for export

  6. Expand your knowledge and access to business support opportunities

  7. Expand your knowledge of how to utilise technologies to establish online sales locally into international markets

  8. Develop your understanding of consumer and global business culture to optimise your product design and branding and better enable you to develop strong business and retail channel partnerships in your chosen markets.

Am I and my startup business eligible?

The focus of the Incubator is to assist Founders who are seeking to learn how to trade globally and potentially to export.

The Incubator is available to everyone in Ballarat and surrounds with startup/early-stage businesses who are considering exporting or trading internationally. This could be, for example, shipping physical products, online education or e-commerce or knowledge-based services.

Founder/s of a Startup or early-stage business must meet the following criteria.


Founders must be 18 years old and above and the business must:

  • not be older than 12 months unless the product or service is less than 12 months old

  • have an ABN

  • demonstrate that it has existing customers

  • demonstrate that it has existing revenue

  • demonstrate a willingness to learn how to establish online sales locally into international markets and/or to export

  • demonstrate that your product or service solves a real problem. What is the ‘pain point’ for your customer that your business solves?

  • demonstrate you’re interested in understanding and learning how to reach international markets and/or export

  • be willing to sign a commitment agreement to ensure that you are prepared to commit to complete all elements of the Incubator

  • commit to attending all elements of the program - business coaching and workshops

Aboriginal people, people born overseas and young people 18+ are strongly encouraged to apply.


What is the selection criteria?

If you would like to read the questions before applying, you can download a PDF of the selection criteria below.

Please note that you can't apply for the Incubator by using this PDF. You can only apply using the Apply Now button.


Where will you find Founders to participate?

Across the City of Ballarat and surrounding Shires, councils, business groups, start up and co-working organisations, community leaders, young people and others within culturally diverse communities; multicultural community organisations, youth organisations, employment providers and community learning services and others are all critical to getting the message out about this Incubator.


We want to make sure that no-one misses the opportunity to apply if they are eligible and want to undertake the program. 

As an organisation, business or council with networks, this is where we need your help to spread the message through your personal, professional and business networks. You're welcome to contact us at the details below.


What is the application process?

Applications are open from 9 December, 2021 until 9 February 2022.

Stage 1: Completion of an online application. Applications can only be accepted via this website - button below. 

Stage 2: Up to 20 startups/early stage businesses will be shortlisted and a 10 minute online meeting or phone call will be arranged to discuss your application.

Stage 3: In mid-February we will advise up to 15 Founders that they have been successful in their application.

Unsuccessful applicants will be and may ask for feedback. If you are not successful at this stage we will let you know about other programs, events, and startup/early stage business support organisations in Ballarat and surrounds so you may find other support for the development of your business. 

If you do not have experience in completing an application form, please email lynda@enterprisingpartnerships.com.au


If I apply, will I get a place?

We would love to have enough places in the Incubator for everyone who applies however this will be a competitive process which means some people will miss out.

There are a number of other business development programs happening around Ballarat so if you aren't chosen for this Incubator we will send you details so you can find out more about other local programs.

Key dates

Key dates will be confirmed in January 2022 and will appear on this website.


All workshops will be held in Ballarat with locations to be confirmed.

The Ballarat Export-ready Incubator is proudly delivered by Enterprising Partnerships and supported by City of Ballarat, Federation University, Committee for Ballarat and CommerceBallarat. 

Our 2021 Ballarat Export-ready Incubator participants.


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   ~Kim Halpert-Pere

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Custom Extracts manufactures flavours and functional extracts in Ballarat using state of the art equipment and the best local and internationally sourced ingredients.

   ~Max Crawford

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FoMu is a Swahili word which means FORM. We are a creative building design company that facilitates design, project and construction management of harmonious spaces people would love to live in.

   ~Francis Gala

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Designed locally and inspired by the Australian environment, we believe in expressing personal freedom and individuality through classic style, redefined with silk accessories.

   ~Brannoc Whetter


We offer customers a revolutionary, world first tights design that puts an end to the daily struggles of traditional tights.

   ~Corinna Preston

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Bat Rollers provides trade quality, Australian made compression rollers to the fibreglass/composites industry.

   ~Jason and Melissa Jones

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Ballarat designed, Brase 360 is a drivers safety cell system for the world motorsport industry.

   ~Paul Cleveland

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Affordable, unique, quality homewares, gifts, and accessories that endeavour to instil a sense of peace and happiness in our customers - things they love and love to give.

~Prue and Angela McLachlan

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We are  jewellery designers with a special love for natural gemstones and Australian opals.

   ~Mosin Shaikh

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A Public Relations and Brand Communications Agency, established to amplify the visibility of African brands, through strategic integration of cross-cultures that represents our diverse markets and consumers here in Australia.

   ~Kathy Jonathan

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MK Gardens is a Ballarat based business dedicated to purposeful, timeless and creative garden design. Our designs work with a landscapes' natural abilities, are everlasting and practical, focusing on both elements of hardscaping and planting design.

   ~Magda Kaźmierczak

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Starqtech Construction Estimating & Drafting Services offer professional takeoffs and estimating services to save owners the hassle so they can focus on running their business.

~Joey Hidalgo

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Solution Aid International is dedicated to the creation of positive educational and social change for underserved populations.

   ~Dimitri Dollard

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"Despite my physical disability (paraplegia) from an illness and living in a nursing home, I wish my art designs to bring joy and happiness to the people in this world, particularly elders and children."

   ~Phung Ngoc Quan

Quan is an Australian-Vietnamese wildlife artist. whose sister, Liz, manages business operations.  

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Safe Synergy helps your team to identify workplace hazards and build a zero-harm environment.

   ~Leo Fan


For questions regarding the Ballarat Export-ready Incubator, please contact:

Lynda Ford

+61 (0) 414 440 483