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Heads up, Adelaide! Spark is ready to ignite South Australia start-ups once again


Applications are now open for the next wave of local start-ups to take part in the hugely successful Spark program at Hub Adelaide.

The Spark program, which runs for four months, provides a global network of mentors and community business leaders to assist first time entrepreneurs to launch their business ideas.

To date, 24 Sparks have completed the program, which offers full-time access to Hub Adelaide’s co-working space on Peel Street, successfully launching a series of tech, creative and social businesses across a range of fields.

Building on previous success

Member for Kaurna Chris Picton MP, who is working with the Premier on SA’s start-up policies, says the Spark program is a unique launchpad for innovative South Australian entrepreneurs with a focus on collaboration.

“The outstanding success of the program so far has seen 84 per cent of past graduates still operating and in some cases expanding to generate employment opportunities”, Mr Picton said.

Spark program graduate Ashley Sleiman attributes Hub to much of his business growth and development. “Hub has helped me with the assistance, guidance and modern design office space that is beneficial for any business to have available to them.”

“At the start of the Spark program I only had a partially completed business plan and now I have a business that is up and running, ready to take on advertising campaigns.”

An increase in funding in the next round provides Sparks with greater opportunity to engage with business industry. Participants will benefit from coaching and mentoring to help craft their message to attract investment.

What does Spark have to offer?

The Spark program provides:

Space – Sparks receive 3 months of unlimited co-working access to Hub Adelaide on Peel Street during the program, and for an additional month after completion.

Mentors – Hub’s diverse member community is full of experienced and talented mentors ready to offer support to Sparks and their new businesses.

The program also includes a range of external mentors including Philip Requier, Tu Nguyen, Daniel Davilla of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kaush Singh of Renewal SA, and Robin Freeth of TEDxAdelaide, plus Andre Goosen and James Findlay of Hub Adelaide.

Learning – Every month Hub hosts learning events to support professional development, all Sparks will receive complimentary tickets to all Hub Learning events.

Showcase – Each Spark program culminates with a showcase for participants to present their concepts and entrepreneurial journey in front of key business leaders.

Applications close 5pm Friday, 30 October 2015 so hurry up!