The Cultural Intelligence Project believes that Indigenous entrepreneurship is the best and only solution to first nation elevation and self determination and wants to ensure first nation people are leading the change through providing culturally intelligent and appropriate innovative platforms to ensure access to accelerate Indigenous wealth and wellbeing.
Acclerate 2021 is specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses to provide business owners with ongoing development, support, mentoring, and tools to grow ideas and businesses.
As a Aboriginal business based in a remote community, The Cultural Intelligence Project know all about the challenges of starting from scratch. We have therefore partnered with Investible to circumvent the process for you
The program creates an opportunity to define, develop, and grow your business working with world-class mentors, investors, and trainers, whilst connecting you with great entrepreneurs and the Aboriginal business community.
Make It Happen HQ Indigenous Acceleration Program supports a wide variety of sole traders and small businesses across the 26th parallel.
Designed as a comprehensive 12-week program, Accelerate 2021 helps local businesses adapt and innovate.
Participants in previous programs have ranged from online products to tech-companies, and start-ups to establish businesses with 20+ years in the market.
Business owners from all major industries and sectors are encouraged to apply, no matter your area of service or project delivery.
What does the program offer Indigenous business owners?
Small businesses face unique challenges to growth, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Make It Happen HQ Indigenous Acceleration Program zeroes in on the topics and challenges at the forefront of business owners’ minds, with the support of subject-matter experts, technology partners and mentors.
Master the Tools You Need to Grow
Learn what you need to move forward into a new digital age with confidence and supercharge your sales, marketing, and communication strategies.
Flexible Remote Learning
Participate from anywhere with virtual expert workshops, personalised mentoring and online learning modules developed by the business development experts at Investible.
Active Support Community
Join an exclusive community of like-minded local business owners who are facing similar challenges and harness the power of the ‘network effect’.
HOW DO i BECOME PART OF ACCELERATE 2021?
A cohort of 15 businesses will be accepted into Make It Happen HQ's first Accelerate 2021. Applications for the program open in January 2021.
All applications will undergo a detailed recruitment process to ensure Accelerate 2021 is right for you and your business at this time. You can expect the following activities to take place during the application process:
Applications open from January to February 2021
Up to 2 information evenings, hosted virtually
Online screening (including F4S assessment) & video interviews
Joint selection with Investible
Individuals and businesses invited into the cohort
2021 cohort will meet program Alumni at the kickoff event
Applications will be evaluated against four pillars. Our experience shows that these are the four key factors of success.
Focused on your future. Excited about opportunities to maintain relevance & revenue steams
Searching for new tools, information & technology to grow your business & diversify risk
Deeply passionate about what you do even on the bad days & are socially conscious
Bringing consciousness around sustainability practices & collaboration into your business.
The program was a great opportunity to further develop the Indigenous Art Marketplace. As well as providing IndigiSpace with the framework to validate and launch the MVP. The program also provided Greg with connections to over 40 investors..
Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network (INTTN)
Through the program, INNTN created, tested, and validated their customer journey as well as heavily focused on their financials. In addition to testing and validating ideas, the program assisted INNTN in closing $100K in additional deals.
Kakadu Tiny Tots
Using the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, Kylie was able to secure Canva and EY as corporate clients, as well as develop new sales & marketing strategies to aid in their global execution plan. Kakadu Tiny Tots closed 7 new deals and gained interest from Blackbird Ventures!