How to apply for the Rise program

Accelerate your business. Grow your impact.

The iAccelerate Rise program supports new and existing regional businesses with practical workshops and a network of regional and international experts. Designed with regional entrepreneurs and University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate program.

Rise consists of workshops on:

  • Finding paying customers
  • Developing new products and services
    Learning to get investment to ensure a solid foundation for the future
  • People looking to grow their ideas amongst like-minded people.

Who should apply?

iAccelerate Rise can support businesses and ideas, including:

  • Existing businesses looking to revitalise their strategy to launch new products or services
  • Startup businesses looking to turn an idea into a business
  • Not-for-profits and social enterprises looking to make a financially sustainable impact in their community
Kay Saarinen

Saarinen Organics

We learnt how to build our business up step by step, how to employ staff, employ contractors, put SOPs into place, pinpoint our minimum viable product, how to advertise it and how to scale into machinery. From humble beginnings, we now find ourselves with confidence and connections to succeed.

Kay Saarinen

Sea Health Products

As a result of the program, my business has an exciting, achievable vision to work towards and a strategy to get there. We are beginning to see some incredible results.

Jo Lane

Bega Tathra Safe Ride

For people who want to be part of a dynamic group, Bega Tathra Safe Ride is a community bike group that is committed to building an active transport link between Bega and Tathra. Our product is healthy, sustainable, affordable and fun!

Doug Reckord

When is this happening?

The Rise program will run over 8 weeks in Wingecarribee Shire and in Goulburn Mulwaree starting in August 2022. Applications close Friday 22 July – apply now.

How does it work? 

Each week, participants will spend 2-3 hours working on their business at their own pace and 3 hours working together with an expert facilitator. After the 8 week program concludes, participants will have a 3 minute pitch they can use to attract paying customers, investors, and media and they will demonstrate this pitch at an event with the community.   

Want to learn more?

Test your business idea before you apply.

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Duration: 1.5 hours 
Suited for: Anyone with a new idea for a business, product, or service in the in the Wingecarribee Shire or Goulburn Mulwaree region.
Cost: No cost 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 19th July from 9.30am-11.00am, via Zoom:
Register here

Wednesday 20th July from 1.30pm-3.00pm, via Zoom:
Register here

Coming to Snowy-Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang in October 2022

Please register your interest to hear from us when we launch in your region.

Our community is made up of the cleverest ideas in NSW 

At iAccelerate, we have created a community of innovators, changemakers, and business owners that collaborate and support each other to scale for local, national, and global capabilities.

We are leading a successful innovative economy and creating jobs for the future of regional NSW. 

Our ecosystem is diverse, our capabilities are strong, and we help you build and grow your business from an idea to a sustainable business. Our network of partners spans iAccelerate at the University of Wollongong, the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, and our international partners.

We are delivering these bushfire recovery programs thanks to the support from the NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, the University of Wollongong, and local councils including:

  • Eurobodalla Shire Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
  • Goulburn Mulwaree Council
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council
  • and the Bega Valley Regional Council.  

This economic recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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