For 2018, all Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator Program applicants will be asked to select a stream when they apply.  Each stream represents areas of both strong potential business growth and potential for measurable and attributable impact.  There will be a dedicated team of mentors and facilitators for participants in each stream.  However, there will also be opportunities for the teams in each stream to network and collaborate.  If you have a great idea that you do not think ‘fits’ neatly into one of these areas, please contact us to discuss.  We may be able to find other assistance for you.

Mill House Nourish

for consumer packaged foods and beverages

Mill House is looking to nourish new ideas and provide artisanal makers from Canberra and our region the support required to develop new consumer packaged food and beverages for the market. Examples of exciting areas products that draw on ingredients that can be sourced locally such as jams and chutneys, non-alcoholic mixers and tonics, nutritionally fortified foods, food for special diets.  We are not interested in purely retail food establishments at this time unless there is a very compelling social impact component or development of unique IP.

Applicants to this stream will be not required to identify as a social enterprise as it just may be too early in their business development.  However, we are particularly interested in businesses where some element of social, economic, environmental or cultural benefit is possible.  For example, we are interested in support young entrepreneurs (under 24), older entrepreneurs (over 65), as well as individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Additionally, a stated willingness to source support local primary producers is a plus.

Participants in this stream ideally are licensed to operate a food business and proof of proper insurances.  For those currently working from home or ‘underground’, they must be willing to obtain the necessary qualifications before assessing any special assistance and advise on offer to the participants in this stream areas.  Those areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Product formulation
  • Sourcing
  • Packaging
  • Strategy
  • Production
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Access to low-cost commercial kitchen spaces
  • Requisite RTO courses for food safety, supervision, and handling as required

Mill House Sustain

for sustainable economic and environmental change

Mill House is seeking to support technology-enabled ventures that are paving the way to political change through changing the behaviour of individuals and communities.

Mill House Sustains entrepreneurs will be committed to making a shift towards more environmentally and socially sustainable communities. Their social enterprises will create awareness, change attitudes, change patterns of behaviour and consumption mainly through education.  As examples, businesses may engage people in conservation, entertain or develop innovative technology-enabled solutions such as community-owned renewable energy or innovate in the areas of sustainable urban transport.

We wish to work with passionate community leaders and influencers who want to use some form of business to support and sustain their advocacy platform

One important note for marketing this stream it to be clear that Mill House is NOT a cleantech accelerator.  There are better accelerators and incubator programs for the commercialisation of novel renewable energy technologies. We recommend EnergyLab or GRIFFIN.

Mill House Sustain is also suitable for work-integration social enterprises.  These are social enterprises where the primary mission is to provide training, employment and social capital for individuals who are, for any reason, economically excluded from mainstream sources of employment or training.


Mill House Enable

for better solutions for age services and disability support

Entrepreneurs entering this stream will be developing, testing and validating businesses where a principle income type will be through the Commonwealth Government National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or where older Australians (at home or in residential care) are a primary target.

We would like to see solutions that increase the economic and social participation, contribute to more ‘active’ ageing, and provide more market choice and diversity.

Mill House is looking for innovators from both inside and outside the current age services industry and disability sectors who are committed to addressing complex challenges, regulatory reform, consumer preferences, market opportunities and new technologies.

Some examples include:

  • Sole Traders currently offering 1:1 services who wish to move to group-based support (e.g. 1:3 or more)
  • Existing small businesses looking to scale
  • Organisations that are currently delivering non-NDIS services, but looking to expand.  This may also include therapists and allied health professionals.
  • Existing plan managers or consultancies offering ‘back office’ support to other providers (e.g. IT infrastructure, shared service delivery)