A new crop of entrepreneurs and small business start-ups are emerging at Runway Geelong headquarters in North Geelong.

The City’s Enterprise Geelong team is supporting start-ups taking part in a small business program aimed at developing and establishing a new start-up business sector in our region, creating new employment opportunities and attracting more investment to Geelong.

The City funded a six month program for nine start-ups in 2017 after the businesses successfully pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts. The program provided successful applicants, across a range of industries, with access to coaching, mentors, investors and partners and a purpose built co-working space in Geelong. One of those businesses was Ecokit a sustainable, eco-friendly, DIY kit-home company suitable for owner-builders. Ecokit founder Camilla Novotna has spent the past three years developing an energy efficient kit-home that uses natural and recyclable materials. She said after spending years developing the product she realised they didn’t know how to develop the business itself. “Runway Geelong helped us define the target market, test it and gave us a firm direction. The mentoring and support from management, mentors, council and the other start-ups was invaluable she said.” It also helped Camilla correctly restructure the company and improve marketing and business strategies.  After testing their prototype for one year Camilla said Ecokit was looking good. “We have a lot of interest and 2018 looks very positive so far!.” 

A further group of businesses will be eligible to pitch for City funding through Runway Geelong from July 2018. Runway Geelong is funded by the Victorian Government’s LaunchVic initiative.

For more information, visit http://runwaygeelong.com.au/

To speak with an Enterprise Geelong team member who can provide more information regarding the program, contact us on 5272.4888 or at info@enterprisegeelong.com.au.