Welcome, Season 4 GRIST cohort!

Welcome, Season 4 GRIST cohort!

GRIST 2020 is the first Virtual Cohort of incredible Social Entrepreneurs accelerating their Social Enterprise Business Model iteration adventure!

Accelerating a business model is a fast, deep dive into learning, thinking, experimenting and making quick decisions in a supportive business environment For Social Entrepreneurs, we iterate and accelerate two models concurrently: the trading model and the impact model

This year, 10 Ventures are experiencing their own adventures in the Mill House Accelerator Program GRIST, powered by Social Traders CRUNCH methodology PLUS having to learn all the platforms and virtual communications techniques our brand new Virtual Delivery program brings to the mix!

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We are so excited to welcome our Season 4 Cohort to GRIST 2020! These 10 Ventures have successfully proposed a Social Enterprise Business Model that they wish to iterate and test during our GRIST program. This year, we are also 100% virtual, so our 10 Ventures are experiencing all the adventures of accelerating their Social Enterprise AND having to learn a dozen platform as well.

With the support of SERVICE ONE, a social enterprise bank, The Mill House Ventures has grown and each year’s cohort is more attuned to the Social Enterprise model. We have also received generous support from The Chief Minister’s Charitable Trust and Hands Across Canberra this year, and our partnership with Canberra Innovation Network, CBRIN, ensure our graduates of the accelerator program are best placed to enter the market and trade for impact.

This year, Mill House is very pleased to welcome:

Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation/Good Pathways EnterprisesYeddung Mura is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides wrap-around social service support to Indigenous ex-detainees as well as their families.
Mongarlowe GourmetMongarlowe Gourmet is a purveyor of sustainably grown fine foods based on locally grown truffle, vanilla bean orchids, wasabi and garlic. Mongarlowe reinvests in the Wagging Tails Community, which is a group that supports socially isolated men.
Magnolia LearningMagnolia Learning provides creative adult learning solutions delivered in partnership with a local network of socially-minded and engaged female artists. They are keen to use this consultancy work to extend their artistic practices (mixed media, writing, music) and diversify their income.
Ambition Co Pty LtdRacial minorities and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse background continue to experience significant barriers to career progression in some Australian workplaces. One factor is a lack of opportunity to develop the skills critical to networking: including developing and maintaining relationships with mentors.
Six8 Coffee RoastersSix8 is an established and much-loved social enterprise café that operates from Trader and Co, a co-working collective of socially-minded businesses. At the heart of Six8 is a desire to link an everyday purchase to awareness of the ways unchecked capitalism leads to the exploitation of people (especially women and girls) living in poverty.
Cafe Stepping StoneCafé Stepping Stone is a new vegetarian café concept that will occupy the Strathnairn Art Gallery in North Belconnen managed by Arts ACT.  The founders are serial social entrepreneurs who ran a social enterprise café in Colombia to provide work experience, training, and social inclusion opportunities for Indigenous and Afro-Columbian youth.
The Leadership Classroom (TLC)TLC will provide business to business management training and consultancy using the prism of leadership.  Many organisational challenges, failures in communication and conflict can be directly linked to leadership deficits.  Leadership is not positional and can be exercised by an individual any rank or position in an organisation.  De-coupling leadership and position can result in significant organisational transformation.
Jazida ProductionsJazida is an established production company focusses on creating cultural performances that celebrate body diversity, LGBTQIA+.    Working with artists of all backgrounds, Jazida also provides professional development and networking opportunities for other female dancers in ‘subculture’ performance genres such as burlesque, drag, comedy, pole dancing, circus, and belly dance.



The mission of Psychmatch is to improve mental health outcomes by improving how therapists and individuals are matched. Using the concept of the therapeutic alliance, Psychmatch predicts compatibility and allows an individual and a prospective therapist to learn more about each other before that first appointment.
Initiatives for Women in Need (iWIN) & Her Kitchen TableiWin is a community organisation that has been awarded a grant by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services to pilot Her Kitchen Table (HKT).  HKT has recruited meal artisans from vulnerable CALD migrant and communities in Canberra.  The women will be supported to gain essential training and experience in commercial food handling and preparation and then launch a cultural meal subscription service supported by an ‘uber’ style online platform.

And, over the coming months, we will be sharing more of their stories with our Community Partnership media partners RiotACT and Region Media.

If you are interesting in explore a dedicated Social Enterprise Accelerator program for your impact and trading goals, please consider applying for our 2021 cohort! Applications are open now


Quick links:

  1. Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation/Good Pathways Enterprises
  2. Mongarlowe Gourmet
  3. Magnolia Learning
  4. Ambition Co Pty Ltd
  5. Six8 Coffee Roasters
  6. The Leadership Classroom (TLC)
  7. Cafe Stepping Stones
  8. Jazida Productions
  9. Psychmatch
  10. Initiatives for Women in Need (iWIN) & Her Kitchen Table