Keen to grow and excel your business?

The Economic Growth Unit’s Innovate Business Growth Program business training series is back, with a freshly optimised delivery mode to meet the evolving needs of contemporary businesses. For the first time ever, the Innovate Business Growth Program is split into two streams! The Innovate to Excelerate Program is open to businesses that have operated for less than four years, aimed at building a strong foundation for less mature businesses looking to accelerate their business growth and develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required to build a growing, sustainable business. The Innovate to Regenerate Program will be open to businesses who have operated for four years or more and are at a later stage in their business journey. If you experienced strong initial growth in your business but are facing challenges in taking your small-medium business to the next level, this is the program for you.

Innovate to Regenerate 

Apply now for the 2022 Innovate to Regenerate Growth Program if you would like support in your business growth and emerge as a stronger business post COVID-19. Aimed for businesses keen to refocus and regenerate in 2022. New directions, opportunities as well as challenging conditions demand fresh thinking about growth. We are looking for motivated, committed and ambitious business owners who can commit the time to the program and are open to business coaching.  This popular, FREE program will be the eighth in Wyndham City’s unique ‘Innovate’ series. You need to submit your application by midnight Sunday 6 March 2022. 

When: 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022
Participants: 10 selected local businesses
Program Structure:  6 group sessions plus 20 hours of individual business coaching

The Innovate to Regenerate Growth Program is purpose designed for local businesses who are keen to make the most of these turbulent times and regain, restore and rebuild for sustainable growth.

Participants in this program will be provided with new tools, insights and learning through group workshops, other peer business owners and supported with experienced and qualified business coaching - choices on where and how to grow and a planned pathway to achieve is expected.

Only one business owner per business can participate in the group sessions.  However, by arrangement a business partner may be able to join you in the business coaching sessions.

By the end of the program, you should have a clear growth plan improving the now, innovating tomorrow and future-proofing your business.

Dates

  • Start date: Wednesday, 12 April 2022 (first group session)
  • End date: Wednesday, 21 June 2022 (last group session)

Selection of Candidates

Applications open

Thursday 2 December 2021

 

Applications close

Sunday 6 March 2022

Midnight

Interviews with shortlisted applicants

March 2021

During business hours

All applicants notified

Monday 21 March 2021

 COB

Introduction Session

Information Session

Friday 1 April 2021

10am

Group Workshops

 Workshop 1

Tuesday 12 April

8m – 10am

 Workshop 2

Tuesday 26 April

 

8m – 10am

 Workshop 3

Tuesday 10 May 

8m – 10am

Workshop 4

Tuesday 24 May

8m – 10am

Workshop 5

Tuesday 7 June 

8m – 10am

 Workshop 6

Tuesday 21 June 

8m – 10am

Business Coaching

(20 hours per participant)

 

Business coaching with each participant

From April 2022 till June 2022

Days and times to be agreed.

* While this is the anticipated schedule, it is possible that method of delivery (either online or face-to-face), dates and times may need to change depending on the circumstances.

Program Content & Structure

The Innovate to Regenerate Growth Program would include a number of elements such as;

  • Choosing your growth path
  • Developing your markets
  • Developing your customer offer
  • Improving productivity & performance
  • Aligning people and purpose
  • Introducing change successfully with staff

Final program content will in part be designed once business mix and needs are known.

Eligibility

To be considered for the program your business must meet the following requirements:

  • Based in Wyndham
  • Hold an ABN
  • Been operating for 4 years or less
  • Employ staff (this is not essential but preferred)

Businesses in all industries are welcome to apply.  

Testimonials

  • “Innovate came along at the perfect time for me. I met some stellar people and local businesses, the vast majority I continue to be in contact with. I have continually recommended businesses to apply, and I’m really happy to see some come through successfully and motivated to succeed!”-  Michelle Tinyou, Biznify
  • “The program was really good, learnt a few things that really shifted things in my business. The business has doubled year on year since then - Gracious Chidhakwa, Eagle Life
  • “It was the best thing that ever happened to my business. In the month that we finished, I had the best month so far due to the new things I implemented, main one being commercial photography. I’m not numbers focused but I was able to plan out the year in terms of marketing and strategy. Admittedly, due to covid a lot of this didn’t eventuate but with the addition of commercial, I was able to trade when the portrait side was closed. It was not only beneficial financially but also personally. I received a lot of business through the group and made some wonderful connections. I have referred many people to the program, some that have not been successful in their applications and some that were. I often refer to that experience as a pivotal moment in my business journey and bought myself a watch to commemorate the success of Nov 19. Highly recommend and would love to do another one for alumni as a follow on to this program.”- Kristie Dutson, Inspired Photography
  • “I think it is amazing it’s offered. Such an innovative program.” - Joanne Seymon, Kaiko Fidgets

How to apply

Applications for Innovate to Excelerate will open on Monday 13 September 2021 and close on Sunday 14 November 2021. 

If you are shortlisted, you will be required to attend a brief online interview.  This will assist with the final selection of 10 program participants.

 

Applications for Innovate to Regenerate will open on Wednesday 1 December 2021 and close on Sunday 6 March 2022. 

If you are shortlisted, you will be required to attend a brief online interview.  This will assist with the final selection of 10 program participants.

Submit Your Innovate to Regenerate Application

Innovate to Excelerate

This stream which is tailored to businesses which has been operating for less than four years should be delivered in 2023. Submit your Expression of interest now for the 2023 Innovate to Excelerate Business Growth Program if you would like support in your business growth. This popular, FREE program will be the ninth in Wyndham City’s unique ‘Innovate’ series.

More details will be released in 2022.

Submit an Expression of Interest for this program

Eligibility

To be considered for the program your business must meet the following requirements:

  • Based in Wyndham
  • Hold an ABN
  • Been operating for longer than 4 years
  • Employ staff (this is not essential but preferred)

Businesses in all industries are welcome to apply. 

More Information

Wyndham City Council – Economic Growth Unit
business@wyndham.vic.gov.au or phone 0448 708 498

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