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Startup Accelerator and Incubator Program

Skyrocket your Startup from Zero to Hero even if you’ve never run a business in your life

Innovest SME Logo

Startup Accelerator and Incubator Program

Skyrocket your Startup from Zero to Hero even if you’ve never run a business in your life

Innovest SME Logo

Startup Accelerator and Incubator Program

Skyrocket your Startup from Zero to Hero even if you’ve never run a business in your life

A Revolution In Entrepreneurship Is

Underway

Got big plans for your business?

lnnovest offers a practical and engaging program to help build your business fast. Our program is a multi-faceted program for early stage businesses that are requiring support while they validate their business idea so that they can progress to the next stage in their development. No prior business experience assumed.

For a small additional cost, desk space is also provided in a co-working environment, which allows for peer-to-peer engagement with other businesses.

Big Plans Idea - Startup
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What are accelerator and incubator programs?

The lnnovest Accelerator offers a challenging and comprehensive 3-month curriculum of company-building sessions designed to help entrepreneurs plan and start building every aspect of their business, from the core idea to the product and revenue model.

The lnnovest Incubator option allows you access to our shared co-working space with other members of the program.

Why is it better than your home office? Being part of lnnovest gives you more than just a place to plug your computer in: it connects you to a community of like-minded and passionate entrepreneurs that are also on their own startup
journey.

Minimise your pains, magnify your successes and your learnings, fast-track your business growth and have more fun along the way.

A Revolution In Entrepreneurship Is Underway

Big Plans Idea - Startup

Got big plans for your business?

lnnovest offers a practical and engaging program to help build your business fast. Our program is a multi-faceted program for early stage businesses that are requiring support while they validate their business idea so that they can progress to the next stage in their development. No prior business experience assumed.

For a small additional cost, desk space is also provided in a co-working environment, which allows for peer-to-peer
engagement with other businesses.

Superman

What are Accelerator and Incubator Programs?

The lnnovestAccelerator offers a challenging and comprehensive 3 month curriculum of company-building sessions designed to help entrepreneurs plan and start building every aspect of their business, from the core idea to the
product and revenue model.

The lnnovest Incubator option allows you access to our shared co-working space with other members of the program.

Why is it better than your home office? Being part of lnnovest gives you more than just a place to plug your computer in: it connects you to a community of like-minded and passionate entrepreneurs that are also on their own startup
journey.

Minimise your pains, magnify your successes and your learnings, fast-track your business growth and have more fun along the way.

What's included in the

Accelerator Program

After completing the initial 2-day Business Ownership Practitioner Certification course (included in the cost), you are given access to the 13-week Startup Accelerator program .

Founder Presentations And Feedback

Founder Presentations and Feedback

The Founder Presentations segment is where Founders pitch their startup idea, progress, and plans to the Mentors. Founders are graded on the quality of their presentations, their concept and strategy amongst others.

After providing their ratings, Mentors give the Founders critical advice on how to improve the pitch, idea and business.

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Online Resource Library

An online library with 100+ training courses with hundreds of hours of training in many areas of business including but not limited to: Sales, Communication, Confidence and Assertiveness, Management, Interpersonal Skills, Customer Service, Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Staff Training, Negotiation Skills and much more.

Question And Answer

Q&A

Each session ends with a Q&A discussion where the Founders have the opportunity to ask the Mentors anything regarding the process. Get the answers to your burning questions from the years of experience that the mentors have to offer .

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Weekly Assignment

Founders are given challenging assignments to complete between the sessions as they progress through the course. Each week’s assignment is based on the topic of that week’s session.

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Learn from Entrepreneurs

The program runs over 13 weekly sessions. Each weekly session lasts about 3.5 hours. Our Mentors deliver a rigorous, comprehensive company-building curriculum to guide you through validating your ideas, develop your product, performing customer development, building a team, preparing for funding, navigating the competition and common mistakes to avoid. Through the weekly training and feedback sessions led by top start-up mentors, group meetings with fellow founders, and challenging company building assignments, participants in the program make several years of progress in just 3 months .

What's included in the

Accelerator Program

After completing the initial 2-day Business Ownership Practitioner Certification course (included in the cost), you are given access to the 13-week Startup Accelerator program .

Founder Presentations And Feedback

Founder Presentations and Feedback

The Founder Presentations segment is where Founders pitch their startup idea, progress, and plans to the Mentors. Founders are graded on the quality of their presentations, their concept and strategy amongst others.

After providing their ratings, Mentors give the Founders critical advice on how to improve the pitch, idea and business.

Play

Online Resource Library

An online library with 100+ training courses with hundreds of hours of training in many areas of business including but not limited to: Sales, Communication, Confidence and Assertiveness, Management, Interpersonal skills, Customer Service, Conflict resolution, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Staff Training, Negotiation skills and much more.

Question And Answer

Q&A

Each session ends with a Q&A discussion where the Founders have the opportunity to ask the Mentors anything regarding the process. Get the answers to your burning questions from the years of experience that the mentors have to offer .

Calendar

Weekly Assignment

Founders are given challenging assignments to complete between the sessions as they progress through the course. Each week’s assignment is based on the topic of that week’s session.

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Learn from Entrepreneurs

The program runs over 13 weekly sessions. Each weekly session lasts about 3.5 hours. Our Mentors deliver a rigorous, comprehensive company-building curriculum to guide you through validating your ideas, develop your product, performing customer development, building a team, preparing for funding, navigating the competition and common mistakes to avoid. Through the weekly training and feedback sessions led by top start-up mentors, group meetings with fellow founders, and challenging company building assignments, participants in the program make several years of progress in just 3 months .

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Curriculum

Orientation And Piers

Week 1 Orientation: Welcome and meet your peers.

During Orientation, we will review the lnnovest program structure, curriculum, tools, and process. We will review where you are at now and start building your individual business

 
Validate - Idea

Week 2 Validating your Concept: Develop and validate your idea.

The best startup ideas are formed from the overlap of a real customer problem and your passion and skill sets. During this session, you will learn how to form, communicate, and examine startup ideas in a structured methodology

 
Development - Profit

Week 3 Customer Development: Developing profitable customers

In this session, you will work to identify actual customers and validate your key assumptions. You will propose the best revenue model for the business and estimate the potential size of the market.

 
Create And Design

Week 4 Branding and Design: Create and design your brand

This week, you will learn the essentials of creating good business names to achieve the desired position in the eyes of the consumer. By the end of the week, you will brainstorm and examine a variety of names and select a final
name and brand essence after performing further research.

 
Revenue - Model

Week 5 Revenue: Develop a solid revenue model

This session, you will learn the components, benefits and disadvantages of different revenue models. Then, you will analyse the most applicable revenue models for your idea and validate them with potential customers.

 
Marketing Plan

Week 6 Marketing Strategy: Finalise your marketing plan

In this session, you will learn about how to develop the marketing messages that resonate with target customers, how to reach your target customers and standard ways of measuring the effectiveness of your efforts.

 
Plan Product

Week 7 Product Development: Develop a plan to build your solution.

This week, you will learn the best practices in product development and team management to release a high quality solution. Over the week, you will identify the resources, outline specifications and create a guideline
to release your product.

 
Legal Structure

Week 8 Startup Legal: Set up the company and legal structure

A company is a collection of agreements between a number of stakeholders. In this session you will start setting up the company and the various legal agreements, shareholding arrangements as well as any necessary IP protection measures.

 
Hiring Team

Week 9 Hiring and Onboarding: Start recruiting a brilliant team

This week you identify the roles that you need to build a fast growth business. Learn about the resources and tactics you can use to find, train and build with your team especially in the initial low budget phases of your venture.

 
Sales Message

Week 10 Sales: Master your sales message

Whether you are starting off selling your idea to investors or to your customers, you need to know the essentials of building rapport and speaking the language necessary to convert.

 
Business Growth

Week 11 Growth: Focus on your business growth

This week, you will learn some of the best strategies to grow your business, including a few organic and viral growth hacking mechanisms.

 
Financial Report

Week 12 Financial & Accounting: Understand the basics of Financial Reporting

This week you will learn basics of reading and interpreting your financial reports. Never leave your accounts solely to your accountant to take care of. At the heart of every successful business is an owner that masters the numbers.

 
Partnership

Week 13 Equity and Funding: Prepare for investors, partners or Co-founders

In this session, you will learn about the different fundraising and partnering options and learn how to get started with the process.

 

Graduate and Start Leading

Graduating from the lnnovest Accelerator Program is an exciting milestone. The program is challenging and demanding, however very much worthwhile. The end of the accelerator program leads to Graduation Day. There you will present to an audience of investors, students, peers and business advisors. Your pitch may be to ask for investment or for members to join your advisory board or your team member.

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Innovest Incubate (optional)

An open plan professional co-working space, with entry-level mentoring and professional services is made available to our Accelerate members at a subsidised rate. In addition, residents will have access to educational lectures and networking. After you leave the Program it may be possible to continue to work in our co-working space or we will assist you to move into another space.

Co-working allows for dynamic interaction between resident companies, provides a vibrant social experience and optimises opportunities for collective support and input for early stage incubated businesses from mentors and management.

Innovest Incubate is located at Innovest Head Office at Kingsgrove in Sydney’s inner west.

CASE STUDY

Michel Nicholson

Michel Nicholson

AUTOMATION SQUARED

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An INNOVEST SME Start-up Accelerator Graduate

To help transform Michel’s start-up into reality, Michel applied for and was successful to enter the INNOVEST Accelerator Sweat Equity Program, which he considered “the first real step towards getting my new business to where I want it without shelling out a fortune”.

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I can proudly say that whilst my business started prior to my involvement with Innovest my business really only became viable during the first 3 months of mentorship and implementation of the processes, methodologies and guidance of the Innovest Mentors. I had the basic ideas of how to run a business so I thought but when it came down to it I didn’t have a clue

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During his time in Innovest’s extended Accelerator Program, Michel got his biggest client ever and “I got paid 50% in advance,

in fact a job so daunting that I needed advice on new areas of business I hadn’t even thought of like managing the project, preventing scope creep, contracting additional experts, t’s and c’s, etc. After that job and implementing the marketing strategies I learnt, my business got so busy I couldn’t handle the number of enquiries, quotations and execution.”

“To sum up my time during Accelerate, the program helped us in five ways: to re-shape the first version of the product offering; to frame our actual value and understand our main customer segment; to learn how to sell the solutions to the market place; how to talk to larger prospects, sell and close; and to plan the next 12 months of growth to ensure we don’t scale prematurely.

“I can proudly say that my ‘real business’ started at Innovest Accelerate … it was the place where I took my idea of a business and turned it into a valid and commercial enterprise.”

The start-up experience gives the participants a precious skillset that is transferable across different industries;

The Founders

Why Innovest Delivers Results?

Rich Chisholm

Rick Chisholm

Tala Chisholm

Tala Chisholm

We are Rick and Tala Chisholm, separate people, separate skill sets. We have founded and run over 35 small to medium businesses over the last 30 years. Between the two of us, the direct sales revenue has well exceeded $300 million.

Our experience spans across many differ industries including Education, Retail, Wholesale, Mentoring, Importing, Manufacturing, Installations, Hospitality, Franchising, Rental and e-commerce. If there was anyone that has tried and tested small business, it is us two!

We’ve been through the process of growing businesses from zero to $20mil over our entrepreneurial career in record time, If there’s anyone out there who understands how to invent and re-invent your business, it would be us.

We also have a large group of mentors with a great deal of experience in multiple specialties and industries to ensure you get sufficiently well-rounded feedback.

Here are a few of the startups we have helped get off the ground:

AI Machine
Chisholm Coaching College
Industry Gear
Lightsounds
Continuity Squared
Light Emotion
Self Defense
Ae Australia
AEA Australia
Planet Egypt
Aball
MBC Macquarie Business Consulting
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TRAINING

The Topics we have selected for the training are based on our extensive business experience. What you learn has a direct relationship with where you’re at now. No nonsense or overload of irrelevant information is forced on you. This stage of your business is the most important one where you put down the building blocks for your business. We give you all the tools to ensure that your effort, time and money are NOT going to be wasted making mistakes and that your path to success is CONSIDERABLY accelerated.

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THE PARTICIPANTS

Our criteria are very relaxed unlike other Accelerators and Incubators. We do not insist on full time attendance NOR do we hover over your shoulders every minute monitoring what you are up to. We believe that founders have to be self motivated and whilst we do provide accountability and there is some pain in missing out on content ultimately the onus is on the Founder to make the hard decisions and not have his or her hand held every single step of the journey.The variety of ideas that have come through the program is huge; from Technology Automation, Education, Importing, to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We welcome applications from technical and non-technical founders.

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THE FACILITIES & RESOURCES

Along with training we also make available Co-working space, 3rd-party logistics warehousing, online training materials as well as access to our own team from VA’s, graphic designer, web developers, programmers, video editors, marketing specialists and social media experts. They can be made available to our members at subsidised rates.

Facilities & Resources

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THE COMMUNITY

Apart from having a group of Startups in the same circumstances as you to share your experience with, lnnovest offers a Network of more than 40 of Professional Service Providers who have been tried and tested. We’ll hook you up with our trusted partners so you can get the preferential rates services without the stress of shopping around.

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TRAINING

The Topics we have selected for the training are based on our extensive business experience. What you learn has a direct relationship with where you’re at now. No nonsense or overload of irrelevant information is forced on you. This stage of your business is the most important one where you put down the building blocks for your business. We give you all the tools to ensure that your effort, time and money are NOT going to be wasted making mistakes and that your path to success is CONSIDERABLY accelerated.

THE PARTICIPANTS

Our criteria are very relaxed unlike other Accelerators and Incubators. We do not insist on full time attendance NOR do we hover over your shoulders every minute monitoring what you are up to. We believe that founders have to be self motivated and whilst we do provide accountability and there is some pain in missing out on content ultimately the onus is on the Founder to make the hard decisions and not have his or her hand held every single step of the journey.The variety of ideas that have come through the program is huge; from Technology Automation, Education, Importing, to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We welcome applications from technical and non-technical founders.

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THE FACILITIES & RESOURCES

Along with training we also make available Co-working space, 3rd-party logistics warehousing, online training materials as well as access to our own team from VA’s, graphic designer, web developers, programmers, video editors, marketing specialists and social media experts. They can be made available to our members at subsidised rates.

Facilities & Resources

THE COMMUNITY

Apart from having a group of Startups in the same circumstances as you to share your experience with, lnnovest offers a Network of more than 40 of Professional Service Providers who have been tried and tested. We’ll hook you up with our trusted partners so you can get the preferential rates services without the stress of shopping around.

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Have a listen to these awesome people

Tome Hanly Testimonial

Tom Hanly
Australian Business Edge

I have known Rick Chisholm for a number of years professionally through his business interests as a leader in Australia’s audio- visual industry. Rick is direct and intense in his business dealings, as a person most passionate about his subject matter with a business knowledge which is extensive – including launching multiple businesses, creating a national franchise, engaging a significant team of staff, developing and launching retail models for distribution and online marketing”

Veronica Avila Blue Testi

Veronica Avila
Co-owner, The Latin Store

When you first start working with Rick, you’ll immediately feel his contagious energy. Rick gave me advice that had an immediate impact on my business. Over the past months, his guidance has been critical to the growth of my firm. I’ve had plenty of sports coaches, so working with a business coach made perfect sense to me. I’m happy to say that it has definitely paid off!”

Mark McInnes

Mark McInnes
Keynote Speaker, LinkedIn Trainer & Coach

Having Tala by my side has really helped. She’s been there done that. I had the trade qualifications and skills but I didn’t know enough about business. I needed to understand what it took to be a successful business owner and it’s very hard to do that on your own. I would strongly suggest this to each and every small business owner to grow their business and be successful so the business can run without you being there all the time”

Michel Nicholson

Michel Nicholson
Automation Squared

Innovest doesn’t provide your garden variety training and mentoring.The entrepreneurs and mentors in residence provide practical information and advice, which embody a ‘lean’ mantra. I have improved orders of magnitude each day. Just when you think you’re getting comfortable, these guys cough up confronting and challenging idea’s and IP and you improve by another order of magnitude.”

Hayder Shkara

Hayder Shkara
Neat Law, Olympic Athlete 2013-2016

When you first start working with Rick, you’ll immediately feel his contagious energy. Rick gave me advice that had an immediate impact on my business. Over the past months, his guidance has been critical to the growth of my firm. I’ve had plenty of sports coaches, so working with a business coach made perfect sense to me. I’m happy to say that it has definitely paid off!”

Before you apply

Young Business owners

This is not a get rich scheme on our part (or yours for that matter) but a subsidised alternative to the cool dude environs where we get right down to business and introduce you to the right people from experts in Grants and Artificial Intelligence.

There is NO substitute for GRIT and desiring a business built on RESILIENCE, no amount of fist pumping, board breaking or fire walking can beat getting the job one in a no-fuss alternative in the burbs, on a budget, with real leadership provided by your principals.

The Startup businesses accepted into the program are usually very early stage, often they will not have any customers or a even a product. INNOVEST ACCELERATE is the first step in your business development. We don’t take equity (or a financial share) of your business unless there has been a prior arrangement, which is not often.

The Innovest IP, processes, training, mentorship and leadership has as a startup accelerator, launched, assisted and fostered over 100 startups.

Innovest does NOT provide funding ‘directly’, but, we do offer finance to help assist you through our extraordinarily low cost programme split up over low affordable weekly payments. Lets Talk!

HOW TO APPLY

The application process is in two stages:

  1. Written Application
  2. Pitch to a Selection Panel
Please ensure you submit your application before the intake deadline, as spaces are very limited
  • Program Start...Application Deadline
  • February:...21st of January
  • June:...21st of May
  • September:...21st of August
HOW TO APPLY

The application process is in two stages:

  1. Written Application
  2. Pitch to a Selection Panel
Please ensure you submit your application before the intake deadline, as spaces are very limited
  • Program StartApplication Deadline
  • February:...21st of January
  • June:...21st of May
  • September:...21st of August

All applications need be submitted below

Successful applicants will be required to make themselves available for interview subsequent to the application being received and accepted. You will be notified with further information regarding the interview process after the application period has closed.

Successful December applicant interviews are scheduled within the period between December and January outside of the public holiday period.

MEET WITH US

30/192A Kingsgrove Rd, Kingsgrove, NSW 2208
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