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Ballarat Export-ready

Grow your business -

Learn how to sell overseas

Grow your business to access global markets.


A free (fully government funded) series of 5 workshops featuring expert facilitators, six one-to-one business coaching sessions and self-paced learning to support your knowledge of how to grow your business.

What you'll receive

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


Successful applications will receive free:

- 5 full day workshops - one Saturday each month from August to December

- 6 business knowledge, information and support coaching sessions online or in person at a time most appropriate for you

- self paced learning supported by your coach

- Introductions to other startups or early-stage businesses; local business organisations and accelerator programs in the region.

This is a once in a lifetime business development opportunity to grow your business to take to a global market.

Proudly supported by Federation University and City of Ballarat.

"We loved the opportunity to just sit down and spend some quality time to look at our business and think about it more constructively and get ideas from other people as well".
Enterprising Partnerships Business Start-up Workshop attendee
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Ian, 42, owns a farm near Beaufort. During COVID-19 in 2020, Ian developed his olive oil and wine products to sell through local cafes and across Australia via Shopify.


He is curious about exporting but doesn’t know about which countries would be the best to export to or the Australian or international laws relating to export. He is also not sure whether to continue selling via e-commerce or set up distributors overseas and export products.


Ian has no experience in marketing and hasn't set up his business structure to export but is keen to learn and receive business coaching. 


Samira, 33, lives in Alfredton, has 3 kids under 11 and not a lot of time. She's a hairdresser and wants to run an online global hairdressing training business.


With her family’s support in child care, she is able to attend all in-person sessions and can attend online sessions. 

She knows her trade and wants to add a second product by selling wholesale hairdressing equipment, supplies and haircare products. She is exploring whether to dropship these or purchase stock and send.


She wants to train globally but to start, will focus her equipment and supplies business on UAE where she was born and grew up until the age of 18 when she arrived in Australia. She thinks her local networks, language and cultural knowledge of UAE will give her a good start.


She has some online experience and is very willing to learn and be coached.


Rebecca, 37, lives in Daylesford and her day job is in IT. She loves online shopping – especially clothes.  She wants to start a ‘side ‘hustle’ that will turn into her day job.


She wants to buy clothes overseas and sell directly into global markets via dropshipping through Amazon and e-bay.


She will also sell locally made clothing such as alpaca scarves and jewellery via shopify.


She needs to know to use these platforms and the processes for all elements of the supply chain.


She has low capital but enough to make the first purchase which would fund the second and third order etc.


She is looking forward to mentoring and attending all in-person, online and business coaching components of the Incubator program.

Any questions?
You're welcome to contact us.

Thanks for your question.

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Our Incubator Facilitators

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Christina Evans
Christina Evans has almost 20 years corporate experience delivering a variety of products and services to diverse arrays of customer segments including youth, consumer, SME and enterprise customers.

Christina managed the complexities of the $4.5bn revenue consumer mobility category at Telstra was a formative experience, since 2012 she has applied her skills to assist a variety of businesses from micro to large, including NFP’s, to solve problems and unlock their potential.  

Amongst a number of other skills, Christina is proficient across acquiring, retaining. growing and exiting customers.
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Tim Carroll
Tim Carroll is a global trade expert. As former Austrade State Director, he was the senior Victorian representative for Austrade with global responsibilities across all industry sectors. In addition he held the Austrade lead strategic role in Health sciences and technology.

With over 2 decades experience with CSL, Australia's largest and most successful biotherapeutics companies, Tim has deep experience living and working in global markets.

He has an affinity for Asia and a passion helping Australian businesses make the most of the amazing opportunities available in high growth markets. He has excellent knowledge of Government support available for export businesses. 

To learn more about the Ballarat Export-ready Incubator, please contact:


Lynda Ford
+61 (0) 414 440 483

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