SME Business Accelerator

6-7th June 2022

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

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.

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Sophia is a carbon technologist and circular economy expert. She is passionate about creating valuable products from emissions and is COO of Mineral Carbonation International. In 2020, Sophia  was featured on ABC TV’s Q&A, TEDx, The New York Times, Time Magazine and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

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. 

Kate Lundy (TBC)
Non-Executive Director for the NRMA

Kate Lundy was the ACT Defence Industry Advocate from 2016 – 2018. Ms Lundy was a Federal Senator for the ACT for 20 years, holding a number of portfolios relating to technology, innovation, sport and multicultural affairs before retiring in 2015. Since 2015, Ms Lundy has been appointed to the boards of the  National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA), The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian Sports Technology Network and the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute, and on the CIT board.

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. 


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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 6th and 7th of June 2022

Networking Dinner on the 6th June.

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.

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Canberra,  2601, ACT

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