Growing Changemakers & their Ideas

The incubator is a 5-month design and formation program focused on growing changemakers and making ideas possible.

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

  • An IDEA  you want to bring to life; or
  • A PROBLEM you want to solve; or
  • A BUSINESS you want to grow.

You will spend 5 months with a cohort of people who are passionate about Jesus and making a difference in the world. Together with, 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.

Our Incubator is also your entry point to the Seed community. Whether you’re an experienced or an early-stage entrepreneur, the Seed community creates further engagement with other, like-minded entrepreneurs and a community that helps you 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?


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



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



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.



The program includes three 3-day residential intensives. Through workshops and design lab’s you will learn how to use Redemptive Design tools to start or grow your business. Attendance at the intensives is a requirement. Intensives generally run Thursday-Saturday. The first and third intensives are in Sydney and the second intensive is in Melbourne.


During the Intensives you get the opportunity to hear and learn from experienced entrepreneurs and experts that are part of the Seed community. Sharing with you their knowledge on Marketing, Social Enterprises, Sales and Community building.


The annual Seed summit is part of the 3rd Intensive. Together with the Incubator cohort you join the Seed community in a creative conversation around Redemptive Design.

During the Summit we will host a special Showcase event. This 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.

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


Jan 29-31

INTENSIVE 1, Central Coast NSW

April 16-18 (TBC)

INTENSIVE 2, Melbourne VIC

July 1-3 (TBC)

(including Showcase Event & Celebration/Graduation)



The curriculum follows Seed’s Redemptive 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?

Design The Solution

  • How do I translate my customers’ needs into a Value Proposition and a Business Model?

  • How do I Design and Prototype my product / service?

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 design my business to be a tool for Redemptive change

Community of Change

  • How do I engage with my customers and beneficiaries around my Idea / Business, as well as the partners I need to grow my Idea/Business?

Grow The Impact

  • What skills and resources do I need to turn my idea into reality?

  • How can I set up and execute a 3 year strategy?

Personal Development

  • 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 in a business or on an idea (up to a maximum of three (3) participants per idea/business). Subsidies are available (see below).

Full fee for the program is:
Individuals - $4,500 
Teams: $4,500 first participant + $1,500 per extra participant

Fees include:

  • All accommodation and meals for the intensives;
  • All training resources and materials;
  • All coaching session and masterclasses;
  • Seed Summit and Showcase event.

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



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. 

Please note that subsidies are provided for applicants with real financial need and the maximum subsidy granted is 50% of program fees.

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

All applications for subsidies will be considered by a designated subsidy committee.

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.

Full payment can be made upfront or based on the following payment schedule.

1st Payment


Deposit (non-refundable) is required on acceptance of your offer.

2nd Payment 


Before 15 January 2020.

Amount adjustable based on subsidies provided

3rd Payment


Before 30 April 2020.

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 2020 cohort close Saturday 30th November, 2019. 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.