• arts & culture

8 April 2019

Ready-to-sew apparel kits, curated regional road trips and bespoke theatre experiences are a few of the clever ideas to receive seed funding as part of Foundry658, the Victorian Government’s creative business accelerator program.

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Six of the Foundry658 Accelerator teams. Photo credit: Daniel Mahon Photography

Ten Victorian creative teams were each awarded $20,000 seed funding and the opportunity to be part of an intensive three-month program working alongside mentors and business coaches to get their products ready for market and help build sustainable businesses.

The diverse business ideas ranged from a VR/AR project allowing prospective international students the chance to experience life in Australia and a business helping everyday Australians record their oral history for future generations.

Other businesses focused on highlighting the work of underrepresented communities including an Indigenous comic con, a video series sharing the stories of Australian women and a podcast focused on women of colour.

The Foundry658 Accelerator will run until June 2019 when the teams will have the opportunity to showcase their products and pitch their businesses to potential investors.

Managed by State Library Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Foundry658 is an initiative of the Creative State strategy. The Foundry658 program comprises an annual regional roadshow, bootcamps to support creative entrepreneurs to refine their business idea and the intensive Accelerator program. A second round of the program will commence later this year.

Find out more about the Foundry658 Accelerator teams and register for updates on the second round of the program at foundry658.com