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Getting Down to Business

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10 month incubator program for young people 16-25 years of age.


Participants are divided into three groups based on the stage of their business:


  • early thinking - for those with an idea only

  • startup - for those with an early stage business with a few customers 

  • scale - for those with an existing business to grow customers and revenue

As with all Enterprising Partnerships programs, participants with ideas or businesses from all industry sectors are welcome to attend. Our role is to work with young people regardless of their business stage or type of business.

Over the years, industry sectors have included:


Food production

Animal welfare

Community services

Search Engine Optimisation

Music therapy

Web development

Game development

App development


Recycling and sustainability

Furniture making

Book writing


Nutrition and Dietetics

Co-working space development




Graphic Design

Community development

Poetry and spoken word

And many others.....

GD2B also offers a six month accelerator program for participants from all previous cohorts who are ready to scale their businesses.

An audit of the last accelerator participants revealed that in the past 12 months, the 16 participants had:

- more than 5,000 customers

- achieved more than $17m in revenue

- employed 1,100 contractors and staff



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Cultov8 is the abbreviation for intercultural innovation, a program with social and economic impact. Social impact as a result of people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds meetings, sharing experiences, understanding each other's history, beliefs and practices and working together to create innovation which leads to economic outcomes for themselves and their local communities.

Cultov8 is funded by Launchvic to drive migrants into the startup ecosystem in Victoria with a particular focus on creating female entrepreneurs.

Cultov8 is a blended learning program of:

  • two day business startup events

  • 12 week pre-accelerator programs

Each of these events are managed by facilitators who have experience in building a business and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The mix of experience and theory is critical to successful outcomes for participants.


Assisting us with Business Startup Weekends, our 'Support Crew' of young people aged under 30 bring a wealth of experience in building their own businesses in game, web and app development, multimedia, digital media and design and provide support to participants at each of the events.

Over the past two years, Cultov8 has:

  • had almost 500 migrant business registrations

  • worked extensively with 247 migrant business owners from 64 countries 

  • assisted 63 migrant-owned businesses in pre-accelerator programs

  • provided more than $75,000 in seed grants to establish or grow businesses

  • supported participants with onsite trauma counsellors

  • partnered with 44 not-for-profits and local governments

  • delivered programs across 15 Victorian metropolitan and regional locations.

To see the stories of some of the people we've worked with and the awesome progress of some of our Getting Down to Business and Cultov8 participants' businesses, take a look at the Businesses we've helped page. 

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