Applications for our creative business incubator are now open.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the program, hear from some of our past participants, and apply for the program!

In October 2020 fifteen Bendigo creative entrepreneurs came together with a goal of strengthening, growing and scaling their businesses. At a presentation evening in February 2021, our participants were excited to share the results of their hard work with local business leaders and the creative industry.


The incubator was really amazing. Incredible information and support, more than I ever dreamed of. Bouncing ideas off other creatives has been game-changing. I've made connections that I will carry forth into the future. I would highly recommend the incubator to any creative entrepreneurs.

lauren starr, fine art photographer

The incubator is the creative scene for a diverse group of individuals with skills and resources to help each other succeed.


I found the Incubator to be a terrific and empowering experience and would highly recommend it to others. The facilitation and speakers were consistently excellent.

kathryn hall, meld creative

Great work does not come about through a single stroke of genius but by the continual effort of a community.


Just do it! Throw yourself into it, and give your all to it. What you will get out of it will be incredible. It will give you so much clarity and push your dreams even further than you thought they could go.

David darrah, twentyfour18 videography

The explosion of energy required to grow from sole trader, to small business needs a lot of fuel. Joining the incubator will power you up, giving you the tools and process to grow.

The What

The incubator is a fun and engaging way to boost your creative enterprise.

Over 14 sessions, participants receive knowledge, tips and advice from established business owners in creative industries while also benefiting from shared wisdom about their sense of purpose, strategy and lived experience growing new businesses.

In partnership with the brilliant minds at Sertori Consulting and Minds at Work, our business incubator provides participants with the tools and knowledge to develop their creative enterprise through a mix of online and classroom-based venues.

Delivery Partners
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Program Overview

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The why

Sometimes the community we need is right in front of us.

Do you have a burning desire to bring a brilliant new business idea to life? Are you looking for an injection of inspiration to take your creative enterprise to the next level?

Over 14 sessions, participants receive knowledge, tips and advice from established business owners in creative industries while also benefiting from shared wisdom about their sense of purpose, strategy and lived experience growing new businesses.

The goal of our program is the success of your business

The aim of our program is to provide emerging entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed:

  • Support
  • Connections
  • Practical tools
  • Processes
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The Program

14 sessions to success.

Our incubator features 14 collaborative sessions, led by expert facilitators.

SEssion One
1

Our Community of Creatives

SEssion Two
2

Find Your North Star

SEssion Three
3

Creative Enterprise Needs Creative Thinking

SEssion Four
4

One-on-One Coaching Round One

SEssion Five
5

Make Decisions You Won't Regret

SEssion Six
6

Business Planning for Maturity and Growth

SEssion Seven
7

Know Your Value

SEssion Eight
8

One-on-One Coaching Round Two

SEssion Nine
9

Enrich Before You Pitch!

SEssion Ten
10

Stuck?

SEssion Eleven
11

Engage With Your Whole Self

SEssion Twelve
12

One-on-One Coaching Round Three

SEssion Thirteen
13

Final Presentation Evening

SEssion Fourteen
14

Weaving it All Together

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The Outcome

Refreshed, refocused, and ready to meet tomorrow's challenges.

2020 Incubator Graduates at Presentation Evening
Our first cohort celebrated their achievements at a presentation evening in February 2021

See how the Incubator helped these creatives reach new heights.

How better to learn about the experience of The Emporium Creative Hub Incubator than to hear directly from the participants themselves? Listen as five of our 2020 cohort participants talk about their personal incubator journey.

Lauren Starr, Fine Art Photographer
David Darrah of Twenty-Four18 Videography
Andre Sardone, Steel Sculptor
Kathryn Hall of Meld Creative
Che Stevenson of Creative Revolution
How To

Who is eligible to apply for the incubator?

We’re looking for:

  • existing business owners who want to scale up from sole trader status
  • emerging entrepreneurs with a brilliant idea for a new creative business 
  • career transitioners who wish to work as a creative in their own business

The incubator is open to creative practitioners of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

For more details, contact David Hughes at Emporium Creative Hub on (03) 5406 0516 or via email at hello@emporiumcreativehub.com.au.

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Who meet the following selection criteria:

1.

Open Minded

An openness to new ideas, a commitment to continuous improvement and a love for the creative process.
2.

Courageous

Willingness to take personal, professional or financial risks in pursuit of your creative and business goals. Creativity is not compatible with playing it safe.
3.

Determined

Ideas become real when we express them to others and work to bring them to life. We want to see real world examples of your output, from concept to creation.
4.

Collaborative

We want candidates who can work collaboratively, sharing and working together, with the humility to appreciate their debt to the energy and creativity of others.
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Incubator online application

Emporium Creative Hub is offering a unique 14-session incubation program. Get the skills and knowledge you need to develop your creative business.

Complete the following form to apply for the next intake of this exciting program.

Application form

Program fees

Participation in the incubator is heavily subsidised by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and ACMI. Participants are asked to make a contribution of $750+GST. Payments can be made by instalment over the life of the program. For more information on payment options please contact us at hello@emporiumcreativehub.com.au.

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