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?
Expand your knowledge and information (about international markets, cultures, contacts, processes, etc)
Expand your understanding of export processes
Assist you to build strategies to overcome the barriers to trading internationally and / or exporting
Help you to identify and prioritise international markets most appropriate for export of your product or service
Enable you to better appreciate the legislative, jurisdictional, administrative and Trade Agreement procedures of the country/countries you have chosen for export
Expand your knowledge and access to business support opportunities
Expand your knowledge of how to utilise technologies to establish online sales locally into international markets
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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