Local small businesses will have the opportunity to be part of a nationwide mentoring program to transform and grow their business through improving their digital capability.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has announced the Liberal National Government’s Small Business Digital Champions Project.
100 small businesses from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to receive a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. This will include the hardware, software and digital skills training required for them to thrive.
Fifteen of these businesses will be selected to become a ‘Digital Champion’ – to undergo their transformation in the public spotlight, with the mentoring assistance of high profile Australian entrepreneurs including:
•Larry Kestelman – founder of Dodo internet, lead investor in technology start-up incubator Oxygen Ventures, chairman of Frankly Digital Marketing agency and owner of the National Basketball League.
•Dr Sam Prince – founder of hospitality chain Zambrero, founder of aid organisation One Disease and medical group Next Practice.
•Michelle Bridges – fitness trainer and founder of the online 12WBT Program.
Local small businesses can register their interest in the project now at digitalchampions.jobs.gov.au. Applications will open in January for 2 weeks.
Eligibility is open to Australian owned and operated businesses with less than 20 full time (or equivalent) employees, including sole traders. Small businesses that have not received any Government funding (State or Commonwealth) for the same or similar digital supports are invited to apply.
To be able to participate, a small business will have to:
- demonstrate compliance with all taxation laws and industrial relations laws, and
- have an identifiable digital need.
If a small business owner is successful in their application, they must be willing to have details of their business available publically and be willing to be promoted online through a range of digital channels.
These small business owners will also need to agree to a regular schedule of engagements, such as interviews, coaching sessions with mentors and digital training over a 12-month period.
For more information visit www.jobs.gov.au/digital-champions