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Supporting social enterprises

Our social enterprises program is designed for entrepreneurs looking to deliver social or environmental impact. 

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The 14-week education program

Valued at $4,500


  • Facilitator-led workshops
  • Self-paced online learning
  • Individual mentoring with leading experts Active learning
  • Peer support through site visits to social enterprises accompanied by talks from their leaders.

10 startups will then be selected and offered an additional nine-month residency within iAccelerate, after completion of the education program.

Residency at iAccelerate offers you all the benefits you need to succeed - being part of a community of like-minded people, an advanced education offering plus a designated desk space for you to take the action needed to make your business a reality.

The nine-month additional residency program

Valued at $8,500

Includes workshops on:

  • Social impact
  • The right business structure for your enterprise
  • How to get funding
  • Developing new products and services
  • Finding paying customers
  • Pitching

Key dates for the Social Startup program

Applications have now closed for the next cohort.

Applications closed 1 December 2023. Join our mailing list to be the first to know about the next intake. 

Successful applicants notified

In December 2023, you will be notified if your application has been successful.

The social enterprise program starts!

The program starts with site visits to social enterprises from Wednesday, 7 February, 2024. Site visits include Greenacres Disability Services (14 February), Green Connect (21 February) and Flagstaff Group (28 February). 

Activate commences

The social enterprise cohort will  join the Activate program in March 2024. This program focuses on validation, customer discovery, pitch practice and other topics. Workshops run on Wednesdays from 9.30 - 12.30 at iAccelerate. 

Pitch event

The education program concludes in May 2024 with a pitch event to showcase your business and the skills you have developed.

iAccelerate residency

From 22 May - 20 December 2024, the 10 social enterprises selected to continue as Residents in iAccelerate will be notified and will spend the next nine months at iAccelerate.

iAccelerate is offering 10 social enterprise scholarships

  • Full scholarships valued at $13,000 per enterprise, funded by Investment NSW
  • Each scholarship allows up to three participants per enterprise

Learn from Australia's leading social entrepreneurs

Expert guidance
  • Industry-leading coaches and mentors
  • Site visits to local social enterprises

Access iAccelerate’s resources and expert community to grow your impact

  • Tailored 14-week education program to design, test and launch your social enterprise
  • 12 months office space and access to iAccelerate‘s multi-purpose facility

Learn from Australia's leading social entrepreneurs

Coaching Workshops
  • OzHarvest
  • The Reconnect Project
  • Goods4Good
  • Backtrack Works
  • The Social Story
  • Fighting Chance and Jigsaw
  • YEP Careers
  • Give and Take Co and Two GooD
  • StartSomeGood
  • Empathy First

Who should apply?

Want to start a business for good? Our social enterprise program can support founders, businesses and ideas, including:

  • Community members who want to create positive social or environmental change through a business idea.
  • Founders looking to turn their idea into a business.
  • Not-for-profits and organisations looking to make a financially sustainable impact in their community.
  • Existing businesses looking to revitalise their strategy to launch responsible new products or services.

Join the social enterprise program today.

Embrace a transformative journey, connect with a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, and receive the guidance and support you need to thrive.