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7 August 2018

Foundry658, an initiative to help creative people build sustainable businesses, is heading out on a roadshow across regional Victoria.

Visualisation of the new Foundry658 StartSpace, opening spring 2019

Visualisation of State Library Victoria’s StartSpace, opening spring 2019

An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, delivered by State Library Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Foundry658 will support creative people to transform their ideas into sustainable businesses.

The Foundry658 program includes a range of business support initiatives including:

  • Bootcamp sessions designed to test and support the development of a proposed business project
  • An Accelerator skills-building intensive offering tailored advice, networking opportunities and seed funding of $20,000 for ten selected projects.

Foundry658 aims to grow and scale creative ideas into sustainable and successful businesses, using a ‘start-grow-scale-connect’ model:

  • Start – build a group comprised of peers from related fields and develop early concepts
  • Grow – provide business skills, resources, facilities and advice for real business incubation
  • Scale – provide business development support and link projects with investment opportunities
  • Connect – connect projects with Foundry658’s wider business and expert network

Expressions of interest now open

Independent artists, small arts organisations, not-for-profits, commercial creative enterprises, early-stage entrepreneurs and creative industries practitioners are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in Foundry658.

Applications are also welcome from practitioners in fields that are directly working with, or wish to work in fruitful collaborative opportunities with, creative industries practitioners.

Register your interest in the program

Regional roadshows

Foundry658 Roadshows will tour regional and metropolitan Victoria to introduce the program and its opportunities to interested individuals.

Free two-hour sessions will be held at the following locations:

Kyneton Town Hall
129 Mollison St, Kyneton
21 August, 6.30pm

LaTrobe Regional Gallery
138 Commercial Rd, Morwell
22 August, 6pm

State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne
29 August, 6.30pm

Bendigo Library
259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo
3 September, 6pm

Bunjil Place
2 Patrick NE Dr, Narre Warren
5 September, 6.30pm

Wodonga Library
126 Hovell St, Wodonga
6 September, 6pm

The Artery
224 Timor St, Warrnambool
13 September, 6pm

For those who are unable to attend, Roadshow sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Foundry658 website.

Find out more about Foundry658