Australia has a great tradition of entrepreneurialism and innovation. Small businesses with less than four staff members make up 28 percent of all Australian businesses,[1] and many organisations that are now household names started off as little more than a great idea.

Unfortunately, many aspiring small business owners on low incomes are excluded from the financial and support services they need to make their idea a reality. This results in a loss of opportunity for people and our economy.

The LaunchME program supports people to start their own business, gain employment or embark on further study. There are four programs: LaunchME for Young Carers, LaunchME South Australia, LaunchME Dandenong and LaunchME Morwell.

The program supports individuals to develop and establish their own microenterprises – small businesses of five or fewer people. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach: the program is tailored to the needs of each participant.

Through research and consultation, we have identified six key supports that we believe are required to establish a microenterprise. These core services will be provided, dependent on the needs of each participant.

LaunchME is available in three locations:

  • South Australia
  • Dandenong, Victoria
  • Morwell, Victoria

We also offer LaunchME for Young Carers aged between 18-25 who live in Victoria.

What our program includes:

  • Coaching
    Our Microenterprise Coach works directly with participants to identify and meet their business needs.
  • Mentoring
    Small Business Mentors provide participants with one-on-one support and guidance on the development of their business idea.
  • Business Planning
    Supporting the development of a business plan, liaising with local providers as needed.
  • Building Skills
    Supporting participants to identify the skills they will need to move forward with their microenterprise, and liaising with local providers to deliver targeted skills training.
  • Building Networks
    A supportive community, including a mentor, coach, other program participants, suppliers, customers and stakeholders.
  • Finance
    A microenterprise loan to help participants get their business up and running.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a Healthcare or Pension Card; or
  • Earn under $45,000 per year (after tax); and
  • Live in South Australia, Dandenong or Morwell (Victoria) or is a Victorian Young Carer aged between 18-25

What kinds of businesses does the program support?

No two small businesses look the same, but some examples might include a handyperson, hairdresser, craftsperson, tailor or gardener.

Want to know more?

  • Print a hard copy of the program brochure
  • View a list of frequently asked questions for more information or;
  • Contact our South Australian Microenterprise Coach, Nick Limberis on (08) 8285 0607 or our Program Assistant, Rachael Tallboy on (08) 8285 0604 to express your interest
  • Contact our LaunchME for Young Carers Buddy, Shelley Karpathikas on 0477 990 809 to learn more

LaunchME is supported by the South Australian and Victorian Governments.

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 8165.0 – Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2012 to Jun 2016

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