MELBOURNE’S ‘THE GOOD INCUBATOR’ ANNOUNCES IT’S 2019 COHORT

Five innovative, tech-based startups to receive 12 weeks of intensive incubation to accelerate their impact in the disability sector.

 

The Good Incubator, a collaboration between Impact Co. & Luna Startup Studio, today announced that five innovative startups are set to join its 2019 cohort.

 

The Good Incubator is Melbourne’s leading impact-driven incubator program for startups in the disability, health and wellbeing sectors. Founded in early 2018 with a grant from LaunchVic, The Good Incubator expanded its operations late last year when it announced an official partnership with Melbourne-based Luna Startup Studio, as well as a partnership with National Disability Services (NDS) to deliver the 2019 program. The partnership with NDS saw The Good Incubator focus on technology-based startups delivering impact in the disability sector for its 2019 program.

 

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 The Good Incubator 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.

 

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, leadership and wellbeing to promote longevity through the entrepreneurial journey.

 

The program begins officially with a three-day residential in the Mornington Peninsula. Founders will be joined by an array of experts to guide them through workshops relating to personal leadership and discovery, as well as taking a good look under the hood of each startup.

 

From there the startups will enter an 11-week intensive ‘enterprise pathway’, consisting of weekly mentoring, fortnightly educational workshops and access to professional services including legal, accounting and investment strategy. The program also places a strong emphasis on community, which will be fostered through regular supper clubs across the three month period.

 

Having worked with well over four hundred startups, Ronen Heine, CEO & founder of Luna, 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.”

 

Speaking about the characteristics the selection panel were looking for, Impact Co. cofounder Shol Blustein says “there were a number of startups that applied to be part of The Good Incubator program for 2019. The ones that we ultimately chose were those that we thought would be able to have the greatest positive impact on people with a disability and their families, both in Australia and overseas. This meant they needed to not only have an innovative business, but also a business model and product design that could scale to ultimately create sustainable impact.

 

The cohort for the 2019 program is as follows –

  • Clickability is an online disability service directory, like TripAdvisor, for the NDIS.
  • Carl Ride is an online platform that allows disability service providers to share their modified vehicles with other providers and the community.
  • Accessibly is an online platform for people with disabilities to discover, rate and review public places in accordance to their accessibility needs.
  • Reach & Match creates inclusive Education Kits, empowers children with disabilities through play-based activities in mainstream settings.
  • Ally Assist is a technology based service linking people with disabilities and their families to Therapy Assistants.

 

For further information about The Good Incubator, please contact Shol Blustein (shol.blustein@impactco.com.au) or Jericho Cleary (jericho@weareluna.co)