SME-23 Business Accelerator

5th-6th June 2023 

Grow your business, find new customers and hire more people.

Join a select cohort of small and medium business peers for two days of focused work on your business run by successful entrepreneurs and venture investors.

Limited Spaces

"The SME-22 workshop brought together a challenging cross-section of participants who were already established in business - some successfully for many years. This creates a totally different dynamic in the room compared with new businesses or startups."

We were able to quickly achieve mutual trust and respect enabling us to pose and resolve problems together. Teaching new methods to established business operators runs the risk of rejection (know it all already, tried it before and failed etc). It is a credit to the organisers that participants really did gain new knowledge and perspectives including me! It was also terrific fun!

Harold Dimpel
Founder, CEO

"The event was great the participants were all keen and focused to share straight away. The facilitators where really responsive and engaged, with amazing energy. It was also really great to see how innovative and creative business' are in our region."

Victoria Pearce
Co-Founder - Endangered Heritage

"CBRIN's SME Accelerator is perfect for business owners who haven't completed any previous business training. The CBRIN team will step you through a range of business fundamentals, encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, and challenge you to improve and innovate your business practices. If you're eager to grow your business capability then this is the program for you!"

Lisa LaMaitre
Founder. CEO TherapyMasters

"CBRIN and Craig did an excellent job, and really enjoyed the way different team members were involved"

Hannah Angus
Co-Founder, CEO - Powerhaus

"A great opportunity to network with other local businesses and to take the opportunity to get outside of your day to day running and focus on working on the business instead of in it."

"Great panels and facilitators with real world experience and a good introduction to the ACT landscape."

Kurt Gruber
Founder. CEO - VW Technologies

What do I get as a participant?

Be inspired and engage in a motivational and collaborative atmosphere. Participate in workshops, coaching, mentoring, experience sharing and networking.

Commit to design and delivery of continuous improvements in your business that will see you find new customers, enhance your competitive advantage and grow your team.

Practical activities focusing on identifying new customers and understanding what to offer them and how to reach them as a base for new growth.

Be inspired by and learn from highly experienced  CEO's and entrepreneurs in a panel discussion. Listen to their success and failures as they grow, shape and exited from their businesses.

Learn how to design and optimise the business model for new growth. Understand scalability constraints and earch for opportunities that can grow fast. Explore pricing models relevant to your business.

Network with the CEO's, founders, presenters, entrepreneurs and cohort participants. Form links and build lasting successful relationships.

Business growth is often limited by finding, developing and retaining the right people. In this session you take a fresh look at what is limiting your team and start the search for solutions.

Open and frank discussion with industry leading CEO's successful entrepreneurs and investors to help you set an ambitious vision for new value creation in your business and consider options to fund growth.

Reflect on the sessions to bring it together to develop actionable plans. Wrap up by presenting to the group.

Two accountability sessions to help keep you on track.

Fast, intensive business growth program
Focus is on substantial progress in key metrics
Practical tools and methods to help your business grow
Win new customers, reach new markets, grow your team

Program Supported by

Partners and Supporters

Over the two days, you will get to network and hear from Canberra's most successful entrepreneurs on how they overcame roadblocks, adopted innovation and grew their business in Australia and globally. They will share their insights  as a panel, on attracting capital, growing a world-class team, sales success and exiting. 


Anne-Marie Perret -TBC
Board Member & Investor 

Anne-Marie Perret is an angel investor, mentor and incredible fountain of knowledge in the innovation space. Anne-Marie has a plethora of business experience specialising in research and development funding and governance, investment and business growth.

Sylvia Tulloch
CEO, Director, Mentor

Sylvia is a materials scientist with a special focus on renewable energy and commercialization. She was cofounder and MD of ASX listed Dyesol, is currently chairing ASX listed Zeotech and is a director/chairman of several startups, as well as the Griffin Accelerator, Canberra startup accelerator.

Sharyn Smith

Sharyn is an enthusiastic advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship that changes lives for the better.

She has had a long and accomplished career of over 20 years in both the public and private sectors and was at the forefront of the development of the ACT Government’s innovation grant program, Innovation Connect (ICON) which has run successfully for over 10 years and has helped more than 200 companies and projects

Renee Beerworth
Spinach Ventures

Renee's 20 years of global experience spans diverse industries, investment and HR. Spinach Ventures consults, mentors and advises on the leading people practices and methodologies in HR Strategy, HR Advisory and Organisational Design.

Matthew Wilson

Matthew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Penten. A very successful Australian and UK based cyber security software and hardware company.

He is a successful technology entrepreneur with almost 20 years’ experience developing and commercialising cyber and ICT technologies. 

Michele Troni CIO, Significant 

Michele works with Significant Capital Venture and has over 20 years national and international early-stage venture capital management experience, managing three early-stage venture capital funds, investing in start-ups in a wide range of sectors, with some originating from deep university IP and others from independent founders all sharing common ground as innovative businesses with global disruption potential.

Harold Dimpel
mHITs Pty Ltd

Harold is a highly resilient entrepreneur founding multiple businesses in his career with several successful business exits across a range of industry sectors. He is a mobile payment industry pioneer and has a track record of bringing multiple first-to-market, innovative and disruptive services to market in Australian and internationally.

Petr Adamek

Petr Adamek is an innovation and entrepreneurship expert with over 25 years of international experience in building innovation ecosystems and helping companies grow. Petr currently works for the Canberra Innovation Network as its Chief Executive. 

Dr Craig Davis
GM - Growth CBRIN

Craig Davis is General Manager Growth Programs at the Canberra Innovation Network. His early career was in physics research, then he worked in the department of defence before co-founding a successful startup. Over the last decade he has mentored, supported and run programs for hundreds of founders and business leaders. He has a particular interest in empowering business leaders to build their entrepreneurial strength to better achieve their goals.

James Palmer
Director and CIO -  Epicorp

James is Director and Chief Investment Officer at Epicorp. He is an experienced CFO and Board Director, currently providing CFO advisory services to early-stage, fast growth companies and serving on the boards of Racing & Sports (ASX: RTH) and Lava Blue. His previous experience includes CFO of ArchTIS (ASX:AR9), CFO of Seeing Machines Ltd (AIM:SEE), as an audit partner at Ernst & Young . James is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. James holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Manchester University. 

Hannah Hartgers
Innovation Facilitator - CBRIN

Hannah is an experienced innovation programs facilitator, service designer and design thinking practitioner. Currently Innovation Program Manager at the Canberra Innovation Network, she is responsible for the Griffin Accelerator program and online delivery of accelerator workshops and sessions. Prior to this, she has experience as a business analyst and service designer working for Commonwealth Treasury and MXA Consulting.

Irene Zhen 
Lead Facilitator CBRIN

Irene has been a crucial part of the Canberra Innovation Network for four years. Her workshops and contribution to entrepreneurs and researchers have helped many projects and businesses to grow and benefit through innovation methods.  

She is a highly skilled facilitator and program manager. Irene is ranked by the CSIRO ON Prime program as one of the most experienced facilitators in Canberra in 2021.

Duncan Amos 
SME Director CBRIN

As a business founder, entrepreneur, and investor, Duncan has over 25 years in startups and SMEs. Building companies with offices on two continents and selling products in 23 countries.

Growing his last business from a home garage, competing internationally and being acquired in September 2019.

Duncan now works with the CBRIN Growth team to grow and support businesses in the Canberra region. 

Hollie Bell
Facilitator CBRIN

Hollie is the founder of a handful of businesses, ranging from physical products to internet based finance software. All of these were initiated as a solution to a problem she had faced. She has deep insights into product development and lean innovation techniques.

Hollie joined Canberra Innovation Network as an experienced business adviser and facilitator. She is highly engaging and an exceptional networker.  

David Barbalet  AusIndustry, Regional Manager

With a background in Industrial Design, David has a passion for manufacturing connecting businesses with government opportunities to support growth, innovation and commercialisation. He is a passionate advocate for enabling Australian companies to reach their full potential. 

Other presenters will be added closer to the date

Key contributors to the success of this program

David Barbalet - AusIndustry, Regional Manager

Alison Everett - Office of Defence Industry Support

James Robinson - SME Engagement Manager at CSIRO

Daisy Hu - Business Development Advisor at CSIRO R&D

Richard Everson - Growth Facilitator at Business Australia

Robert Holgate - ACT TradeStart Adviser - ACT Government & Austrade

Arthur Pappas - Commercialisation Facilitator Accelerating Commercialisation

Liz Kobold - Business Australia

Michael Phillips - Regional CBRIN

“The accelerator program from CBRIN has given our organisation great insight. CBRIN is one of the best innovation initiatives around.”  

Salman, Founder



Register your interest for the next cohort of this program.

Obligation free application. 

 Program numbers are limited to 20 companies.

Highly subsidised for qualifying businesses

Two Days on the 5th and 6th of June 2023

Highly subsodised fee to attend if selected $350 per person

Normally $3000 per person

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Level 5, 1 Moore St
Canberra,  2601, ACT

Open from 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


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