Seed’s Entrepreneur Incubator is a year-long program focused on the growth of social enterprises, for-profit or not-for-profit initiatives that are led by Christians who are seeking to create positive change beyond the walls of the church. 

Seed’s specially developed curriculum brings together the best thinking from the fields of business, innovation, theology, design and social change. Each participant is assigned a dedicated coach who is available to meet with you regularly and tailors the process to your particular needs to ensure your initiative flourishes throughout the year 

  


Why Should I Apply? 

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Kingdom Influence
The program focuses on ensuring your business/initiative achieves the greatest possible influence for the sake of God’s kingdom. We are committed to growth and we are passionate about seeing your business/initiative succeed, but the primary focus is on creating an initiative that positively influences society in a way that aligns with God’s purposes. 

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A movement behind you
Instead of working on your business alone, successful applicants get a team of coaches and a whole community of like-minded people working with you. Our focus is seeing you succeed. And best of all, when you finish the program, you remain part of this community who are working together to support Christians at the forefront of creating positive social change. 

 

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A dynamic learning environment
The best entrepreneurship and innovation happens in a collaborative environment. You will work alongside your cohort, sharpening and supporting one another each step of the way.

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High-calibre coaches
Our people are all faithful followers of Jesus and leaders in their own fields. 

 

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Personal growth
While the primary focus of the curriculum is the development of the initiative, we also take each leader through an intentional process of character and spiritual formation. This will prepare you to lead change in society throughout your lifetime.  

 

  


What's Involved?

  1. Intensives 
    The program includes three 3-day residential intensives. Attendance at the intensives is a requirement, and intensives generally run Thursday-Saturday. Therefore, if you are working in another role while developing your own initiative, please be aware that you will need to be available for six normal (Mon-Fri) working days over the course of the year. The first and third intensives are in Sydney and the second intensive is in Melbourne. 

  2. Fortnightly Coaching
    Your coach is available every fortnight for a focused session designed to keep your idea moving with momentum. You need to do the work, but your coach will help ensure the work you do is both productive and effective. 

  3. Key Events
    For each cohort we run two key events that are specifically designed to build support and momentum behind your initiative.
    • The showcase event happens in the first half of the year and focuses on the presentation of your idea and an invitation for friends, families, supporters and the Seed community to get behind the development of the initiative.
    • The pitch event happens toward the end of the program. We gather together a targeted group of potential funders and give participants the opportunity to pitch for investment for the next phase of your initiative.

  4. Access to Co-working Space
    As a mark of our commitment to you, access to the Seed co-working spaces in Sydney and Melbourne is included for free in the cost of the program. 

 

 


 Annual Program 

Seed’s curriculum will guide you through everything you need to grow your business/initiative and ensure it has maximum influence on God’s world. Alongside your personal/spiritual development plan, the core elements of the curriculum include:  

  • Discovering and refining purpose
  • Kingdom centred design - Imagining and designing social/cultural change 
  • Market research and customer analysis 
  • Value propositions
  • Prototyping and iterative product design 
  • Business model – design and iteration 
  • Financial model – design and iteration 
  • Investment readiness 
  • Governance and legal 
  • Developing your narrative and pitching

February 

Intensive 1 

May 

Intensive 2 

May 

Showcase Event 

September/October 

Pitch Event 

November 

Intensive 3 & Celebration/Graduation 

 

 


Key Outcomes 

Our goals for your initiative are: 

  1. Alignment with purpose – ensuring maximum influence for God’s kingdom. 

  2. Market readiness – a product(s) designed then piloted, tested and iterated multiple times at low cost, then either launched or ready to launch into the market with maximum effectiveness. 

  3. Investment readiness – a value proposition, financial model and strategy/story that has maximum desirability for both partners and donors/investors.  

  4. Sustainability and Scalability – we will help you get to market with your initiative. We’ll equip you with the skills to ensure your model is sustainable and achieves scalable change. 

 

 


 What does it cost?

The incubator is open to both individuals and small teams. We encourage applicants to consider involving their leadership or start-up team in the program with them, up to a maximum of three (3) participants per initiative. 

Incubator fees for the 2017 cohort are $8,000 

Fees include all accommodation and meals for the intensives, the showcase and pitch events, fortnightly coaching (either face-to-face or digital) and access to the Seed co-working spaces*. All other costs, including flights, books and any costs associated with the start-up of your initiative are the participant’s responsibility. 

Note: Additional team members cost $1,000 per person – i.e. $9,000 for a team of two, or $10,000 for a team of three. This covers the cost of accommodation, meals and additional resources. 

Payment terms: 

  • Payment of fees is the sole responsibility of the applicant.  
  • Subsidies/scholarships are available for approved applicants. Subsidy requests must be included in the application form. 
  • Seed operates on a fee for service basis. We do not take equity stakes in the initiatives we incubate. 
  • Payment of a non-refundable $500 deposit is required on acceptance of your offer. Full payment is required prior to beginning the program unless a different payment schedule is agreed with Seed in advance. 
  • Please note that participation in the Seed pitch event is included as part of the course payment but funding is not guaranteed. 

 

 


Application & Selection

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria: 

  • Already launched or close to launching a social enterprise, for-profit or not-for-profit organisation, or; 
  • Already launched or preparing to launch a significant new product/service or business unit within an existing social enterprise, for-profit or not-for-profit organisation. 
  • For-purpose organisation with a demonstrated commitment and capacity to use your initiative for God’s purposes. 
  • A demonstrated capacity to develop a revenue model that is not fully dependent on donation income over the long-term. 
  • Demonstrated maturity in your Christian faith. 
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity. 
  • Willingness to learn and be challenged by both coaches and peers. 

All applicants will be subject to interviews and reference checks.  

NB: Access to co-working includes unlimited access to desk space for one person, wireless access to hi-speed internet and limited meeting room access. Other incidentals such as photocopying, phone, food etc. available at extra cost. 

Applications have closed for the 2017 Entrepreneur Incubator Program. If you would like to contact us or find out when applications open for 2018 please register your interest at info@seed.org.au 
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