Ipswich City Council partners with Impact Academy to deliver first Regional Impact Accelerator for best and brightest entrepreneurs out of Fire Station 101 

The Impact Academy social enterprise program helps accelerator businesses and startups with a social impact. Over sixty social enterprises have now participated in Impact Academy programs and are scaling businesses across various industries including digital, gaming, food & beverage, retail, stationery, manufacturing and many other fields.  These same enterprises are also tackling issues throughout communities including education, health, mental health, disability, indigenous, youth, seniors, environment, conservation, recycling and more.  The Impact Academy alumni are based in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, NT, Asia and the Pacific.

As part of the next round of programming in Fire Station 101, Impact Academy will deliver the program out of Fire Station 101 from October to December, 2017.

The program will be delivered weekly out of Fire Station 101 from October 2017 to January 2018, supporting entrepreneurs through 12 weeks working with mentored guidance through aspects of your business including Impact, Rapid Prototyping / Design Thinking, Financial Management, People & Culture, Brand & Positioning, Financial Modelling & Cashflow Forecasting, Legal, Corporate Structure & IP, Marketing, Comms, PR, and Sales and Distribution.

Startups and scalable businesses with a social impact can now fast-track their growth by applying at www.impactacademy.net.au.

Peter Ball, Founder of Impact Academy confirmed his strong interest in supporting the wave of growth of entrepreneurs in regional areas.  “Impact Academy is excited to be able to complement physical spaces such as Fire Station 101 and add proven quality programs that support enterprises with accelerated learning, commercialisation and business development.”

“We welcome enterprises from various stages of development from pure start-ups and early stage ventures to scale-ups focused on their next stage of growth.  Accumulating a portfolio of over sixty amazing social enterprises within our first few years has exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled to now offer this specifically to regional enterprises.” said Ball.

The closing date for applications will be 8 October.

Go to www.impactacademy.net.au to complete the online application.

All queries are to be directed to [email protected] .

Previous Impact Academy projects

A selection of the Impact Academy enterprise portfolio:

Words With Heart (e-Stationary)
Eco stationary and custom print business that funds education days for women and girls in the developing world

Enviro Sand (Waste Management)
Managing municipal volumes of glass waste that is converted to a sand product with multiple product applications

Virtual Songlines (Digital Gaming and Education)
Building virtual environments that authentically replicate our lands and first nations people before European settlement to create cultural heritage education for schools

Story City (Digital Adventure App)
Creating a global platform for local artists to publish fictional and non-fictional stories for tourists and schools to be virtually immersed in physical adventures

Water3 (Water Kiosk Network)
Establishing a global network of water kiosks that dispense chilled, filtered, spring water to eliminate single use plastic bottles and their harm on the environment

Wellthy (Digital Education Platform)
Scaling the Mindful Wealth Movement to provide financial literacy education in a way that is distinctly feminine, creative and fun.

The Good Beer Co (Food and Beverage)
Australia’s first social enterprise beer company building a movement for good beer that gives back, raising funds and profile for various causes.

Promise or Pay (Digital Platform)
Online community encouraging individuals to stick to their goals by donating money to charity if don’t follow through and encouraging others to donate if you succeed.

Spur Projects (Health Tech and Campaigns)
Producing innovative mental health campaigns to reduce the rate of suicide in Australia. To tackle the rate suicide among men in Australia, bold new approaches to suicide prevention are required.

Project Futures (Human Trafficking Charity)
Creating meaningful experiences hat raise funds, educate and empower our generation to end human trafficking and exploitation.


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