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Keeping it in the family

Assisting migrant families in the City of Melbourne to start their own business.

Keeping it in the family is a business startup program for migrant families who live or work in the City of Melbourne.

We know that migrants are resourceful and often entrepreneurial and many have experience of running a family owned business.

Funded by the City of Melbourne and delivered by iGen Foundation in partnership with Jesuit Social Services, Keeping It in the Family will work with 40 families over two years from 2022 to 2023.

Who can be involved?

Keeping It in the Family is a specific initiative to help migrants learn about starting a family business in Melbourne.


  • you or a family member were born overseas

  • you want to work with a family member to think of a business idea or you already have an idea you want to explore

  • and, you or your family member live in City of Melbourne Council area

you are welcome to attend.

Who is family?

Anyone related to you.

  • parent/s, guardian or step parents, children or step children

  • brother, sister, half or step brother or sister

  • grandparent or step grandparent, aunty, uncle or cousin.

You are welcome to bring along more than one family member to a Big Ideas Workshop.

Were you born overseas?Have you thought about running a business?Do you know what to do to start it?iGen Foundation in partnership with Jesuit Social Services and funded by City of Melbourne are holding a series of Big Ideas workshops to help you get your business idea out of your head and onto paper. 

We believe that education, employment and training are critical pathways to successful and happy lives for young people, however, they are not the only options.

We believe that young people owning their own business is a noble and legitimate post-school outcome and allows young people to create the future they want.

We believe business ownership increases young people's economic contribution to Australian can be undertaken regardless of language, faith, cultural, ability, gender, offending, homelessness or homelessness or other background that may result in long term social disadvantage from stigmatisation or unemployment.

We believe business ownership creates a socially inclusive life for young people.

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