INNOVATIVE FOUNDERS SOLVING PROBLEMS WITHIN THE DISABILITY SECTOR GET A LEG-UP.
It was unveiled today that The Good Incubator, an impact-driven incubator program that assists startups in the disability health & wellbeing sectors, will return under its new moniker in early 2019.
Funded and supported by LaunchVIC, the agency charged with building Victoria’s startup ecosystem. In its second year, initial program founders Impact Co. have today announced a new partnership with #CorporateAdvice to deliver a game-changing program for five lucky startups. The 2019 program will not only focus on the technical aspects required to scale a startup successfully, but it will also continue to focus on fostering founder mindfulness & wellbeing to promote longevity through the entrepreneurial journey.
The Good Incubator’s 2019 program will focus exclusively on startups that are solving problems within the disability sector. It was also unveiled today that National Disability Services (NDS), Australia’s peak industry body for non-government disability service organisations, will provide program support for 2019. David Moody, Victorian State Manager for NDS says, “the disability sector is in the midst of major disruptive change as it transitions to the NDIS. While this change poses many challenges, it also provides opportunities for new thinking, innovation and mould-breaking initiatives to deliver positive outcomes for people with disability. It’s because of this that NDS is excited to be partnering with Impact Co. to build an ecosystem for innovation within the disability sector that can ultimately contribute to people with disability having the life they want to lead.”
Highlighting the decision behind the 2019 program partnership, Impact Co. cofounder Shol Blustein says, “there has never been a better time for startups to contribute to meaningful change. We know that startups need a range of support – from managing themselves and their wellbeing to having the technical skills to create a successful enterprise. That’s why we’re so excited to be partnering with #Corporate Advice, as together we’re going to be able to provide startups with the support they’ll need to deliver great impact.”
The program begins with a live-in residential retreat, where participating founders are encouraged to disconnect from the ‘real world’ to focus solely on themselves and the needs of their start-up. They are immersed in a supportive and nurturing environment, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to their wellbeing. Following the residential program, the startups undertake an 11-week enterprise support phase. During this phase, each startup has a team of mentors and technical experts to support them to help them address areas of personal and business challenge.
Having worked with well over four hundred startups throughout #CorporateAdvice’s inception, CEO & founder Ronen Heine says, “continuing to support startups beyond just the immersive incubation period is key to their ongoing success. Founders will take so much away from the residential, but once they get back to their desks that’s where the rubber really hits the road. We’re really looking forward to delivering the enterprise support phase where we can support founders not only with professional services like legal & accounting but also to create founder longevity through tailored educational workshops right when they need them.”
2018 cohort member Ryan Tilley, founder of assistive-technology startup Gecko Traxx, reflects on the continued growth & momentum being a part of the program has created. “I have grown immensely both in my mindset and in confidence. I have also grown professionally, gaining a greater confidence in the business environment and learning how to run and organise a start-up business. Participating in the program enabled me to set up IP and trading companies, create a minimum viable product and also secure seed funding.”
Applications for the 2019 cohort are now open until November 9th, 2018. For more information on how to apply, please visit https://www.goodincubator.co