Access have partnered with Settlement Services International (SSI) to roll out the Ignite Small-Business Start-ups program in Queensland.
Ignite is an initiative developed to support people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in starting their own business, or expanding on an existing one.
The core goal of Ignite is to enable entrepreneurs from refugee backgrounds to realise their business dream and start-up a viable business in Australia. This is achieved through building a business ecosystem of support for each entrepreneur. The program taps into the skills, knowledge and experience of refugees by supporting them to navigate and succeed in the Australian business environment. Ignite uses an evidence-based model developed by the Sirolli Institute and is the first project of its kind to focus on refugees.
The program is a free, confidential service supporting individuals in building a sustainable business and connects them with people who can help them develop their business ideas and goals.
In the past four years, Ignite has worked with over 450 entrepreneurs from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Sudan. Over 85 businesses have been established in the following sectors: creative arts, trades, fashion and design, catering and hospitality, health and well-being. Eight of these businesses were employing 20 staff between them.
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