Growing Changemakers & their Ideas

The incubator is a 6-month design and formation program focused on growing changemakers and turning your ideas into reality.

It’s for people who, motivated by their faith in Jesus, have:

  • An IDEA you want to grow; or
  • A PROBLEM you want to solve; or
  • A CONTEXT you want to serve and redeem (a community, industry or culture)

You will spend 6 months with a cohort of people who are passionate about Jesus and making a difference in the world. Together with each other, your coaches and the Seed community, we’ll work at the cutting edge of both social innovation and Christian formation to grow both you and your ideas.

The Incubator is also an entry point to the Seed community for early-stage entrepreneurs who are already leading or close to launching a for-purpose business, social enterprise, or not-for-profit organisation. Following the Incubator, there is the potential for further engagement with Seed to help you execute and grow your business/organisation - including access to space, finance, coaching and services.

Ready to start creating the change God has called you to create?

Why Should I Apply?

 

Grow your Impact

  • Take steps to turn that niggling idea into something tangible
  • Design something with strong foundations to be scalable and sustainable
  • Get clarity about what God desires for the people/places you serve

A movement behind you

Through a guided formation process we help you:

  • Discover God-given purpose
  • Make changes to live more purposefully for Jesus
  • Develop your skills in design-thinking and creativity
  • Grow as a changemaker as you learn to more faithfully and effectively engage society/culture

Join a purposeful community

You will work alongside your cohort and coaches, sharpening and supporting one another each step of the way:

  • An intentional and dynamic collaborative learning environment
  • Access to high calibre coaches who are all faithful followers of Jesus and leaders in their own fields.
  • Access to a network of like-minded people, working at the forefront of creating positive social change, whose focus is seeing you flourish.

Program

Intensives 
The program includes three 3-day residential intensives. Attendance at the intensives is a requirement, and intensives generally run Thursday-Saturday. The first and third intensives are in Sydney and the second intensive is in Melbourne. 

Coaching
Your coach will meet with you every 2-4 weeks between intensives. Each session will be focused on a key element that helps form either you or your idea.

Showcase
The Showcase event is an opportunity for you to present your idea to a public audience (friends, families, supporters and the Seed community). This begins (or accelerates) the process of building a community of support behind your initiative. 

 

Structure

Feb 7-9

INTENSIVE 1 

May 2-4

INTENSIVE 2 

June 27-29

INTENSIVE 3
(including Showcase Event & Celebration/Graduation)

 

Curriculum

The curriculum follows Seed’s Change Design Framework. A summary of the curriculum is outlined below:

Discovering/Clarifying Purpose

  • Identity – who has God made us to be?
  • Context – who/where has God called us to serve?

Story of change

  • What is the change God is calling me to create? What do the people God is calling me to serve need/value?
  • What do I believe are the steps to change?

Vehicle for Change

  • How do I turn my ideas into something tangible that helps people taste and see what Jesus is like?
  • How can I maximise the change? How can I design a model that provides all the resources I need?

Community of Change

  • How do I grow my idea by engaging the partners I need?

Executing for Growth

  • What skills and resources do I need to turn my idea into reality?
  • How can I plan and execute most effectively?

Personal Change

  • Theological foundations for change
  • Formation for life as a changemaker

  

What does it cost?

The incubator is open to individuals or small teams who are working together on an idea (up to a maximum of three (3) participants per idea/initiative). Subsidies are available (see below).

Full fee for the program is:
Individuals - $4,000 
Teams: $4,000 first participant + $1,000 per extra participant

Fees include:

  • All accommodation and meals for the intensives
  • All training resources and materials
  • All coaching sessions, webinars
  • Showcase event and celebration meal

Any other costs, including flights and any costs associated with the start-up of your initiative are the participant’s responsibility.

 

Subsidies

Through the generous support of donors, Seed has been able to establish a fund to provide subsidies to applicants who are not able to afford the full cost of the program.  Applicants can apply for a subsidy of up to 50% of the full cost of the program.

Applications for subsidies must be made at the time of application (details are included in the application form).

Payment terms: 

  • Payment of fees is the sole responsibility of the applicant.  
  • Payment of a $500 deposit (non-refundable) is required on acceptance of your offer.
  • Payment schedules may be agreed in advance, but a minimum of 50% of full payment is required prior to the first intensive.
  • All applications for subsidies will be considered by a designated subsidy committee. Subsidies will be offered based on fulfilment of the general criteria for inclusion in the program (see below), as well as demonstrated financial need.

 

Application & Selection

There are limited spaces in each Incubator cohort. Places will be offered to applicants who fulfil the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated desire to grow in both your Christian faith and your capacity as a changemaker
  • A commitment to developing an idea that is aligned with God’s purposes. 
  • 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.

Applications for our 2019 cohort close Friday 30th November, 2018. Applicants will be contacted shortly after.

Do you know other Christian Changemakers who would benefit from the Incubator? Nominate them below. All nominees will be contacted with more information about the program.

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