The Start stage includes two unique programs to help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start a successful business.

Curtin UniversityCurtin University Ignition Program

Curtin Ignition is an intensive five-and-a-half-day program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics, and corporate innovators. Attendees can trial and prepare their business ideas for the commercial environment.

Through this program you will:

  • Learn a commercial approach in the development of innovative ideas.
  • Learn how to identify good opportunities in a short period with minimal investment.
  • Learn how to explain your business opportunity in commercial terms.
  • Clarify your business idea and test it within a high calibre and safe environment.
  • Have a great week of thinking time to accelerate your ideas.

The program is open to anyone with a business idea, research project, or early-stage business venture that could become a high growth business. New and aspiring entrepreneurs with limited experience of starting a business are encouraged to apply. Passion and ambition to take ideas forward and 'make it happen' are important attributes for success at Ignition.

You must be a resident and/or business owner/operator in the City of Canning to qualify for the program (virtual offices do not qualify).

Applications for 2023 are now open…

Submit expression of interest

EMERSYN Female Founders Program

Attention ladies! Want to develop your skills, knowledge, and confidence? The Start Female Founders Program runs for six-months and is focused on:

  • building foundational business skills
  • teaching practical strategies
  • business implementation
  • personal mentoring.

During the program, participants will be mentored by experts with the knowledge, experience, and a proven track record to help you start your new business. It consists of both in-person learnings and online masterclasses.

You must be either a resident AND/OR a business owner/operator in the City of Canning to qualify for the program (virtual offices do not qualify).

Applications are closed for 2023. Subscribe to our Business eNewsletter to be informed when applications open next.

Meet Karen from DecoMagic

Karen has been in business for 11 years. This extraordinaire invented the world’s first metallic icing for the baking and confectionery industry to prevent double handling.

Karen joined the Canning Business Mentoring Program and has done two courses to develop her brand and network. Hear her experiences and leanings with the program.

Meet Amy from Gaia Fine Jewels

Amy has been in business since 2020 and jewellery is her passion. From intricate Sterling silver to delicate pearls, Amy’s range of jewellery was constantly getting complimented.

Amy joined the Canning Business Mentoring Program as she needed assistance on how to sell her products online. Hear her experiences and learnings with the program.

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