ASPIRING entrepreneurs have the chance to learn from the experts as part of a free initiative being provided across central Victoria.
Entrepreneurs based in Greater Bendigo, Loddon Campaspe, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Macedon Ranges can access the virtual program, being provided with Regional Development Victoria funding, and led by the City of Greater Bendigo.
The initiative has been designed to support new entrepreneurs and businesses looking to expand. Activities will connect participants with established entrepreneurs, industry leaders, developers and designers.
City of Greater Bendigo director for strategy and growth Steve Hamilton said the central Victorian initiative was important to address wider regional needs and create new opportunities across central Victoria.
"Startup Central Victoria will provide invaluable support for startups and young businesses looking to scale-up in central Victoria," he said.
"We are seeking to nurture a culture of innovation across the central region, and this is an opportunity for people to convert great ideas into reality, help burgeoning businesses to attract new markets and create future job opportunities in central Victoria."
La Trobe University will deliver Startup Central Victoria's two Accelerator Programs, one in late October, and another in February 2022.
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said he welcomed the opportunity for the university to present three intensive learning streams as part of the Accelerator Program with support from experts, coaches and business mentors.
"We are deeply embedded in regional business communities and have a strong track record in supporting promising start-ups and local businesses to realise their potential," he said.
The first virtual/hybrid 12-week Accelerator Program begins on Monday, October 25 with schedules to suit participants and enable them to commit to eight hours per week.
Applications close on Monday October 11.
Startup Central Victoria's other free virtual events this year include a forum on Thursday, September 30, with topics including robotics, the 100-gig initiative, supply chain security, circular economy, health and wellbeing, increasing food chain value and train stop and small-town renewal.
There will be a Hackathon from Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17.
It's open to individuals and teams who have a great idea for a new business or are interested in seeing how a completely new business can be built in just a weekend.
For more information and to book, please visit www.startupcv.com.au/events
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