Get your idea off the ground with the help of the Business Igniter program.


Program Timeline

1 February

Applications Open

28 February

Applications close

12 March

Participants selected

17 March

Program starts

5 August

Pitch final

About Us


About Us


Every startup requires expert knowledge and support to transform their idea into a thriving business. At Startup Gippsland, we know that entering the world of entrepreneurship can be daunting – there’s so much to learn, jargon to wrap your head around, and it can be difficult to know where to start.

The Business Igniter program is the pathway to help you take your idea and turn it into a real life product or service, ready for your customers!

What’s often missing for founders is an understanding of the technical tools and platforms that’s available to help them to launch. At the end of the day, every business requires a digital presence to succeed, whether that be a simple website, social media channels, or a sophisticated platform. The Business Igniter program will help set you up for success, and you’ll not only learn a wide range of business fundamentals, but you’ll gain an understanding of the digital tools that can help take you to the next level.

This program is run by locals, for locals, along with facilitation from a team of highly experienced industry experts, and a pool of mentors who can guide you toward success. Startup Gippsland will give you the support you need to launch your business and build confidence in your capabilities as a startup founder.

If you’re ready to make 2022 the year you start your business and make your first sales, then you won’t want to miss out on joining the Business Igniter program!


Frequently Asked Questions

No, you don’t need any experience in order to participate in the program as you’ll be guided by our team of expert facilitators and mentors.  What you do need is a willingness to learn, curiosity, and to be open to trying new things.

If you currently live or work in Gippsland, and you have a great idea for a business which has the potential to scale, then you are eligible to apply.  You can also apply if you currently have a small business, but wish to expand on your offering(s) and develop it into a scalable model.

By the end of the program, we expect our participants to have launched their business, and have made (or be close to making) their first sale.

The program is held between March-August, over 6 weekend intensives. We also expect participants to be putting an additional 3 hours a week toward their business, in between the weekend sessions. 

The program is held across each of the 6 Gippsland LGAs over each of the 6 weekends.  Accommodation is included for participants (location depending).

Yes! All learning materials will be shared with participants after each weekend.However, participants are required to complete an 80% “in person” attendance rate, in order to have the program marked as completed. Each weekend builds upon the one prior, so it’s important to catch up on any missed classes, so you don’t fall behind.

Weekend meetups, networking dinners, collaboration opportunities, 1:1 access to a diverse pool of mentors, Q&A with industry experts, and the tools & knowledge you need to launch your business idea in a supportive environment.

The program is delivered at no cost to participants, as Startup Gippsland is a Government funded initiative.

Meet the Facilitators


Tegan McKay

The Mindful Hub

Ryan Clancy & Kaitlyn Abrahall

Scarlet & Grace

Mariah MacInnes

Content Queen Mariah

Madeleine McKenzie


Laura Eddington

Little Bumble Wraps

Glenn Dawson


Erin Lord

Aeromedical Solutions



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