The Ideas2Business Program is designed for entrepreneurs and start-ups who are operating in the native ag+food sector. It is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous founders working across agtech, foodtech and new food products. The program equips you to test ideas, build capability and confidence to launch new products and kick start business ventures.
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Our program has been designed to specifically help you and your business build entrepreneurial skills and connect with our broad network in order to accelerate your growth and create a viable business model.
12-week program (delivered virtually and face-to-face when possible) including: Onboarding of participants; pitch practice; weekly masterclasses and workshops; expert sessions; mentoring and coaching; networking opportunities and graduation event.
We customise the program to your particular needs by matching you with your own coach throughout the program who will provide 1:1 guidance and support.
Access to our online community platform which will allow you to collaborate and connect with your peers and have access to real time resources and program content.
We will help you move your ideas and business ventures forward
Applications to August 2020 program now closed
If you have an interest in future programs please complete expressions of interest form.
Map out a plan for the next 6-12 months of growth for your start-up
Identify a viable business model and revenue stream
Become proficient at pitching your start-up
Expand your network to include peers, customers and potential investors
Validate your idea with consumers and customers
Improve your understanding of start-up best practice
MEET THE COHORT
Food Futures Company is an Australian based ag+food innovation ecosystem design firm.
Program Kick Off
August 5th 2020
June 1st 2020
July 13th 2020
October 30th 2020
July 7th 2020
September 7th 2020
Final teams announced
July 22nd 2020
Learn all about the teams taking part in the
2020 ideas to business program
Frequently Asked Questions
When do applications open?
When do applications close?
Applications close on 7th of July 2020.
When does the program actually start?
Program kick off is on the 27-28th of July 2020.
When does the program end?
Program ends on 16th October, with the graduation event on 23rd October.
How long is the program?
The program goes for 12 weeks with a graduation event in the 13th week.
Are there program activities every week?
Yes, you will be involved in activities every week including group Masterclasses (set timetable that will be provided once you are accepted into the program) and 1on1 coaching sessions (at flexible times to suit you and your allocated coach). You will also be required to complete weekly project work specifically designed to help you to validate your native ag+food idea with customers and to accelerate the development of your business.
How does the program work during COVID-19 restrictions?
Since March 2020 we have converted all of our programs to 100% virtual delivery. Should these restrictions be lifted we will determine if we can include some face-to-face components to the program. However, as this is a national program, online and remote delivery will always be the major component to ensure accessibility to all participants.
Will I need any special technology or technical skills to undertake the program?
As the program is delivered online you will need access to a PC/laptop and the internet. During the program you will be using a variety of online tools including: zoom; google drive; and slack. We will provide training and ongoing support on the use of these tools as required. During the program you will also be exposed to social media and website development tools.
Who can apply?
Any Indigenous or non-Indigenous entrepreneur or start up involved in the Australian native ag+food sector who is looking to explore a new idea, new business venture, or to kick start growth in an existing early stage business. You can be working on an agtech or foodtech solution that will address a challenge or opportunity anywhere in the native ag+food value chain, or you can be developing innovative new value-added products in food, food ingredients, nutraceuticals, or beauty and skin care.
Do I have to have a registered business to apply?
No you can just have a great idea at the start of the program, but by the end you will know whether this is the right pathway for you.
What if it is only me in my team?
That is totally fine!
How do I apply?
Press the apply now button on this page and complete an application form. We also have Office Hours where you can book a time to find out more from one of our team.
When will I find out if my application is successful?
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the w/c 13th of July and a phone interview will be set up with the team to further dive into your idea and/or business. From there, we will select between 10-14 finalists to go into the program.
What if I am unsuccessful?
How many applications will be accepted?
If we are selected can more than one team member participate in the program?
Yes we encourage key team members to participate – but may have to limit this to 3 per team.
How do you select teams?
The program is targeted at growing the Australian Native Ag+Food sector so your idea or business must be in this area. We are specifically looking to work with passionate and committed entrepreneurs and founders who are ready to turn their idea into a reality and see themselves growing a successful business in the native ag+food sector. We will make the final selection based on the quality of your application and a phone interview.
How much time do I need to work on the program?
We expect a commitment of between 3-5hrs per week which could include a variety of coaching, masterclass sessions and workshops and own 'homework'.