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Join us for our February Enterprise Accelerator!

What is it?

A free, online festival of ideas and industry speakers designed for veteran and ADF spouse businesses and entrepreneurs.

Pick & choose from facilitated sessions, small group mentoring, and networking with leading business owners and experts. Whether you’re a sole trader, freelancer, family business, SME, or turning your hobby into a side hustle – there’s something for everyone.

When is it?

Delivered online from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 3 March 2023.

The programme offers 2 to 4 sessions each day (3 to 5 hours of online programming per day). 

What's On

Our schedule is updated live here:

We're working hard behind the scenes to pull together an incredible lineup of speakers and events. Check back regularly for new sessions!

How do I sign up? 

Register online via Humanitix.

Three days before the event, we’ll send you a magic link to register on our bespoke Accelerator programme platform, operated by HOPIN. You’ll be able to browse the sessions you want to attend and create your own agenda, with downloadable calendar reminders. 

All registrations also receive exclusive access to your cohort’s virtual network on Slack. This virtual community connects you with mentors, extra resources, and free session recordings. 

What you’ll get out of it

  • Build your professional network with entrepreneurs across Australia
  • Develop new skills, including startup and small business best practice
  • Progress towards your product market fit and revenue streams
  • Support to build your professional brand
  • Support to pitch to investors, co-founders, and customers
  • Helping you build long-term success in business + more!

Win funding for your business 

Win $2,500 in equity free (no strings attached) seed funding to help develop your business! 

Participants must attend at least seven sessions of the 27 February – 3 March 2023 Enterprise Accelerator programme to be eligible to apply. 

Our 2023 winner will also receive 3 months’ mentoring & access to our Enterprise network. 

Further details will be made available during the programme.

With Thanks

The Enterprise programme is proudly supported by Accenture ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SAAB Australia, Howden Group Holdings and local sponsor DUAL Australia, as well as Donors and Patrons of Prince’s Trust Australia.

The Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise programme received grant funding from the Australian Government to support veteran owned businesses.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government Family Support Funding Program to support Defence families into self-employment.


What is an Accelerator? 

Our accelerator supports early-stage, growth-driven businesses through education and mentorship.  

The accelerator experience is a process of intense, rapid, and immersive education aimed at accelerating the life cycle of young businesses, compressing years’ worth of learning-by-doing.  

To get the most out of the programme, we suggest you attend as many activities as possible. This will help you connect more meaningfully with your cohort and with concepts and activities on offer. 

How long is the Accelerator? 

The Accelerator runs for five days, from Monday, 27 February. Sessions are offered in the morning and afternoon. Sessions can be as little as 45 minutes, or up to 2 hours. Between two and four sessions are available each day. 

Do I have to attend every session? 

We understand that many of our participants have competing interests, including work, study and carer responsibilities. You can pick and choose which sessions to attend, but we recommend you join as many as you can. 

You can join sessions via your laptop, or even on the go via your phone or tablet. 

Will there be recordings of sessions? 

Some sessions are recorded. We record our guest speaker sessions, but do not record our activities or small group mentoring. 

Recorded sessions are accessed via your Slack cohort. 

What is Slack? 

Slack is an online communications platform, similar to Microsoft Teams. This platform allows you to flexibly connect with your cohort and with mentors, share documents, and request feedback and support. 

Am I eligible? 

Transitioning Defence members, veterans, reservists, and ADF partners of former or current serving members are all eligible to participate. 

Founders, Owner/Operators and small teams working part-time or full-time on their business are welcome to join the programme. Founders are the people who established the business and share in both the risk and reward of the business. 

Does Prince’s Trust take equity or ownership of my company or ownership of my business IP? 

No, you retain full ownership of your company, including any IP. 

Does it cost to apply? 

No, the programme is free. 

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