New program supports later-stage business entrepreneurs

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Following the success of their Tech Startup Skills program, Startup Gippsland is announcing the launch of a brand new program, to be delivered in the later half of 2021. The program, the Scale Up Accelerator, will support 15 entrepreneurs through the more advanced stages of scaling their businesses into national and global markets.

The Scale Up Accelerator program combines intensive two-day sessions with mentorship from leading Gippsland professionals, to help its participants propel their business into their next phase of business growth. This will be the first program of its kind to be delivered solely for Gippsland entrepreneurs, and Startup Gippsland is the driving force behind it. Having already supported more than 150 local startups over the past three years, the team at Startup Gippsland is excited to have a program targeted specifically for founders at a more advanced level in their business.

“Startup Gippsland is thrilled to be offering this accelerator program that will bring highly motivated entrepreneurs together with an astonishing calibre of industry experts,” said Stephen Angus, Startup Gippsland Program Director.

While the Scale Up Accelerator program is run by locals, for locals, Startup Gippsland has collaborated with a team of expert industry and scale up experts, such as angel investors and export specialists, to ensure all participants have access to the resources and information they need to support their business needs.

Over three months, program participants will learn about working in a global market, growth strategies, strategic finance, accessing funding, distribution, marketing and other important elements of scaling, to help them enter new markets and take their businesses to the next level.

The Scale Up Accelerator program is open to founders in Gippsland, who have an established business and are generating revenue. While the businesses aren’t required to be mature in age, founders do need to be working on the business in a full-time (or close to full-time) capacity to be eligible to apply.

Startup Gippsland is a project by the Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Latrobe City, South Gippsland Shire and Wellington Shire councils, co-funded by LaunchVic and delivered by GippsTech.

Applications for the program close on 30 July. To learn more, visit


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