Innovate Program

Is “Business as Usual” preventing the growth of your business?

Then apply to be part of the Innovate to Excelerate business growth program. Designed for business owners who are keen and ready to grow their business and who will benefit from specialist resources and value a unique approach to professional development.

  • Are you keen to grow your business beyond its current capacity and influence?
  • Are you planning to take your business to the next level and need to know how to grow?
  • Has your business been trading for at least 12 months but less than four years?

Wyndham City’s Economic Growth Unit is running the highly popular Innovate to Excelerate program for the third time. 

APPLY now for an innovative, intensive and dynamic two-month program where you will join other business owners in acquiring new skills, knowledge and capabilities to accelerate the growth of your small business. 

This fully funded program includes six group knowledge sessions and up to 18 hours of individual business coaching per participating business with highly experienced business coaches. 

The knowledge workshops will cover topics such as: strategic marketing, business systems and planning, financial management, network engagement and innovation skills.  In the one-on-one business coaching sessions, you will have the close support of a business coach to review your business, develop business growth strategies and plan their implementation.

We expect that applicants will be seeking support to plan, design, develop and drive business growth initiatives such as:

  • Entry into new or diversified markets in Australia or overseas
  • Competitive brand positioning and marketing
  • Product and service innovation and development

To be eligible, your business needs to be registered in Wyndham and have been operating for a minimum of 12 months up to 4 years.  Businesses that have been operating for a shorter or longer period may be considered in exceptional circumstances. 

There are only 10 places available.  Businesses in all industries are welcome to apply.  We encourage you to be quick!

When: May to June 2019

Program Structure:

  • 5 x 2.5-hour group knowledge workshops
  • 1 x full day workshop
  • Up to 18 hours individual business coaching

Key Dates*





Selection of Candidates

Applications close

Sunday 28 April


Applicants shortlisted

Monday 29 April

By 5.00pm

Interviews with shortlisted applicants

Wednesday 1 May

From 8.00am to 5.00pm

All applicants notified

Friday 3 May

By 5.00pm

Group Workshops

Group Workshop No. 1

Tuesday 7 May

7.30am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 2

Tuesday 14 May

7.30am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 3

Tuesday 28 May

7.30am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 4

Tuesday 4 June

9.00am to 4.00pm (all day)

Group Workshop No. 5

Tuesday 18 June

7.30am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 6

Tuesday 25 June

7.30am to 10.00am

Business Coaching

Business Coaching with each participant

From Tuesday 7 May to Friday 28 June

Days and times to be agreed

End of Program Event

Final Event Breakfast

Tuesday 2 July

7.30am to 9.30am

* While this is the anticipated schedule, it is possible that dates and times may need to change.


Complete the online application form to apply for this program.  Applications close Sunday 28 April 2019.

More Information

Economic Growth Unit
Wyndham City Council
9742 0788

Or watch this video with previous participants of the Innovate to Excelerate program

Comments by previous participants

  • Life changing for our business.  In 12 months we are going to be a whole new business.
  • Program to help you understand basic business requirements and planning.  Changes how you do business.
  • Program with lots of support for small business to take their business to the next level.
  • Really good opportunity to have a structured way to consider the bigger picture of your business and have experts available to bounce ideas.  Be prepared to be poked in uncomfortable ways to clarify your business and focus on your business potential.
  • Very helpful and informative program – one of a kind!

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