Business innovation program

Ready, set, grow: challenge the way you look at your business – join our free innovation program to take your business to the next level.

Participants in the 2023 program pose together, smiling.

Applications now closed for the 2024 program

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About this program

The program brings a group of dedicated local business owners together to develop and nurture an entrepreneur mindset.

Come on a journey to plan for long-term small business growth. Our annual innovation program helps a group of just 20 business owners improve their back-end operations, reset their business model, build website and social media skills, and connect with other business owners and entrepreneur experts.

There is no cost to participate in this program. It will take place over a combination of in-person and online sessions. Find out more about the program.

Pictured above: 2023 program participants. Photo: Chris Southwood / City of Sydney.

Learn from entrepreneurial leaders and experts

We’ve partnered with Disruptors Co to take businesses on a mentor-style journey and present the business innovation program. Disruptors Co is a Haymarket based digital innovation consultancy with expertise across market-led innovation strategy, digital service design and marketing.

It helps fast growing small businesses and scaleups to innovate like startups through innovation accelerator programs, incubation programs, mentoring and coaching, and business advice for planning and strategy.

Program alumni

Participants join an alumni of more than 90 local businesses like Kepos Street Kitchen, Pyrmont Cellars, Penny’s Cheese Shop and Rustic French Bistro who’ve benefited from the program and are eager to connect. This is a unique opportunity to establish peer support among the group and develop new contacts for continued learning and business growth.

Catherine Calubriale Couture, Paddington - What an eye-opening experience, The program revealed my business’s
growth potential and areas for improvement. Penny’s Cheese Shop, Potts Point - Was great to meet and collaborate with other small business owners. Dioptics The Studio, Sydney - Like drinking from a fire hydrant! Wendy Murray Design, The Rocks - The program shifted something in me. I’m remembering why i started this business. The Noble Hops, Redfern - Great opportunity to network and get help with problems that all small business owners encounter. Velocity Empowerment, Glebe - An excellent experience, would highly recommend to other small business owners.