Small Business and Entrepreneurship

From running a side hustle to launching your own e-commerce business, there are workshops and programs to inspire and support you to get started.

Take part in a range of programs and activities supporting you to pick up entrepreneurship skills and develop an entrepreneurial mindset, explore opportunities as a future business owner, and turn a business idea into a reality.

Getting started: How to turn an idea into a business

Do you have a business idea in mind? Bringing your ideas to life can be daunting but it is not impossible! Hosted by Small Business Victoria, this three-part online series aims to give you the knowledge and tools to be able to turn your idea into a thriving business.

Part 1 - Starting your own business: Get prepared and navigate your obligations

Join us at this online session to gain practical tools and tips on:

  • Choosing the right business structure for you
  • Protecting your company name
  • Registrations, licences, taxation and permits
  • What you need to know about insurance, income protection, and more

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.15pm AEST
Registration essential by 7 September

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Part 2 - Starting your own business: Understand the key components of a good business plan

Join us at this online session to gain practical tools and tips on:

  • Writing a business plan (business overview, finances and action plan)
  • Starting your business checklist
  • Resources and support

Date: Monday 14 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.15pm AEST
Registration essential by 13 September

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Part 3 - Starting your own business: Commercialising your new idea

Join us at this online session to gain practical tools and tips on:

  • Assessing the feasibility of an idea
  • Making informed decisions to proceed or cease activity
  • The requirements needed to prepare a focused plan
  • Stages of commercialisation

Date: Wednesday 16 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.15pm AEST
Registration essential by 15 September

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What’s your side hustle?

Thinking of starting your own side hustle? Join us at this online fireside chat to hear from enterprising BCom and MBS students about their journeys establishing a side business while studying.

Our panel will share insights on the benefits and challenges of running a business while studying, as well as tips on how to get started. This fireside chat will conclude with an open question and answer session to answer any additional questions you may have for the panel.

Date: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.00pm AEST
Registration essential by 8 September

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Busting Entrepreneurship Myths

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? We’ve put together a panel of experts and entrepreneurs to speak about common misconceptions in the entrepreneurship space as well as share insights on what it means to be an entrepreneur. Join us at this online event to learn about support services and gain insights on entrepreneurship as a realistic career pathway for you.

Panellists at this event include:

  • Laxmi Pun - Accelerator Manager, Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)
  • Ivan Lim (Forbes Asia 30 Under 30) – CEO, Brosa
  • Gabrielle Lim – Experience Designer, Arcadium Adventures and TRAPT

Date: Thursday 10 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.00pm AEST
Registration essential by 9 September

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Starting an online shop: Reaching buyers in Australia and around the world

E-commerce sales worldwide are on an upward trajectory and are projected to double to USD$6.5 trillion by 2023. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of establishing your own business either as a career pathway or even as a side hustle, we invite you to join us at this online event to learn about how you can make this happen through e-commerce.

This session will open with Jimmy Zhong, CEO & Co-founder of Syncio, who will share valuable insights and learnings gained through his entrepreneurial journey. Following this, Jason Cormier from Shopify will deliver a practical segment on how to get started so you can develop a successful e-commerce business yourself. The event will conclude with an open question and answer session to answer any additional questions you may have for the speakers.

Date: Friday 11 September
Time: 1.00 – 2.00pm AEST
Registration essential by 10 September

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How to Scale a Start-Up Event Series

Host: BusinessOne Consulting

With a history of working with start-up clients, BusinessOne is here to answer all your questions about startups in a THREE PART Startup Panel event. Each part will be held on different dates, with different speakers and topics each time. Each session will involve a panel discussion facilitated by a host from the BusinessOne Committee followed by a live Q&A session where you get to ask the speakers questions.

Session 1 - Open for registration
Wednesday 26 August, 7pm AEST 
Topic: How to Build Your Startup
This entails how to act upon entrepreneurial ideals, gather a team and create directional focus.

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Session 2
Date: Thursday 10 September, 7pm AEST 
Topic: How to Grow Your Startup
This covers what the biggest challenges faced in entrepreneurship are and how to overcome them.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday 23 September, 7pm AEST 
Topic: The last session will be interactive, which involves a startup pitching workshop. You will be presented with a real-world problem, and will be broken up into smaller groups to team up and generate a start-up that will combat the presented problem. After discussing ideas, you will get to pitch their idea to a panel of ‘investors’ who are guests invited from previous sessions. At the end of the session, you will be provided with constructive feedback from your 'investors'. The best pitch will win a PRIZE!

For more information visit our event.

Enactus Australia PitchFest

Host: Enactus

  1. Launch Night: 7 September - will feature two international venture capital panellists (US and Hong Kong based) outlining the burgeoning startup marketplace.
  2. National Workshop: 10 September - will feature a case study and a practical step by step walk-through of:
  • How to evaluate business models (e.g. lean business model, design thinking approaches)
  • How to scale enterprises effectively
  • How to practically work within an enterprise that is just starting out

Note: The workshop dates may fluctuate within 1-2 days based on speaker confirmation.

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