Now in its fifth year, The Mill House flagship accelerator program, GRIST, annually offers selected Canberra and Region businesses facilitated learning support, including workshops, networking and expert panels, delivered by the Mill House team and entrepreneurs with lived experience of starting and operating social enterprises. This practitioner-led program, coupled with proven learning tools, assists GRISTers to accelerate their impact and identify business development and investment opportunities to scale their venture.
This year’s changemaker cohort includes Right To Work, The Horse Rug Whisperer, Bean Central, Ability.News, Next Level Inclusion, Simply Homeschool and Chamaeleon Collective.
CEO of The Mill House, Cindy Mitchell said “We are very excited about this years’ cohort. They are all established and experienced entrepreneurs who aren’t just focused on survival. They are thriving and intently focused on making a measurable impact in their local communities. This is the first season that nearly all of our participants are working in the inclusion of people with diverse abilities. Disadvantaged job seekers are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It is incredible to have this group of entrepreneur focused on creating better pathways.”
“Like every business trying to continue their operations in this constantly changing COVID world, the team at The Mill House have proven their adaptability in pivoting the program to an online environment without compromising the quality of the GRIST program content. “ said Cindy. “With the cooperation and commitment of our GRISTer’s, we look forward to maximising the impact of this impressive cohort of social innovators”.
|Right to Work||Right To Work is a work-integration social enterprise (WISE), based in Goulburn, working to empower young adults with autism and intellectual disability by providing training and mentoring programs and connecting them with partner regional businesses.|
|The Horse Rug Whisperer||Murrumbateman-based, The Horse Rug Whisperer, is an established and growing equestrian business providing horse riding lessons, horse clipping and other care services, equestrian equipment retail and repair services employing mostly at-risk youth from around the Yass Valley region.|
|Bean Central||Bean Central is a community café, located in Queanbeyan, established in 2020 that has been providing opportunities to all, with a growing proportion of their employees being people living with a disability.|
|Ability.News||Canberra-based Ability.News is seeking to connect, inform and empower people with disability harnessing the internet to develop a specialised news service to enable individuals to change their environment by participating in an informed and networked community.|
|Next Level Inclusion||Next Level Inclusion ‘translates’ content into an English Easy Read format, including imagery and employs people with an intellectual disability to proofread their work.|
|The Stellar Company||The Chamaeleon Collective is a professional performing arts program for emerging dancers living with disability that is supportive, accessible and at the leading edge of contemporary performance.|
|Simply Homeschool||Simply Homeschool provides a high-quality, affordable and family-friendly homeschool curriculum and support for the growing population of kids at risk through learning difficulties, disability and mental health issues.|