Building regional businesses in Mildura

Anyone looking to be the next business success story, will have an opportunity to learn how to take their business to the next level at a workshop being held in Mildura next week.

The La Trobe Accelerator Program is providing support to businesses and startups in regional Victoria during May and will hold a workshop in Mildura on Thursday 23 May.  Enterprising Partnerships will visit the region to deliver the full day workshop designed for new and existing businesses.

Lynda Ford, the CEO of Enterprising Partnerships will present the Business Builder Workshop which will ask participants to think hard about their business and ideas by finding exactly who their customer is and work together to discover which market their business fits best. Lynda has coordinated more than 90 workshops, guiding over 1,200 participants and has many years of helping people recognise their entrepreneurship capabilities. She is especially interested in assisting migrants and young people.

The Business Builder Workshop provides an opportunity for local founders to work on their business or idea, and will also supply information on how to apply to the upcoming La Trobe Accelerator Program. The Accelerator Program has helped many regional entrepreneurs develop their business, such as Mildura resident and Ampisafe founder, Annette Nunn. Annette completed the 12-week intensive program last year and received $7,500 in equity-free funding, one-on-one coaching with a team of expert mentors and a series of workshops.

“Having the help from La Trobe University has been amazing, it’s rejuvenated us. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without it,” says Annette.

Her startup, Ampisafe, has now sold over 60 of their tools to hospitals in the Mallee region and is planning to expand nation-wide to in order to reduce the number of needlestick injuries incurred by medical professionals.

The Business Builder Workshop runs 9.00am – 5.00pm on Thursday 23 May at the La Trobe University Mildura Deakin Avenue Campus and is free to register.­ The workshop has also been conducted in Albury-Wodonga in early May and will tour through Bendigo and Shepparton.

“The workshop is open to anyone with a willingness to learn!  No matter what stage of business you’re in, maybe you’re already profitable, maybe you just have an idea.  Join us so we can help you go to the next stage!  Our workshop has been made possible by partnering with LaunchVic and Mildura Regional Development,” says Rebecca Crossling, Senior Engagement Coordinator at La Trobe University.

Registrations can be made at Applications for the La Trobe Accelerator Program are through their website and close June 3.


Media enquiries
Natalie Gilbey, Marketing & Communications Officer – La Trobe Accelerator Program, La Trobe University  
T03 9479 5875