Being a start up is about being adaptable. And with challenges comes opportunity.

The CUL-TI-VATE Program is a Brimbank City Council initiative delivered by NOW.

Its purpose is to accelerate the process of finding a business idea, developing it, and scaling the business into a sustainable model.

Its designed for entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs, as well as small business owners, looking to future proof their business.

Program outline

The program runs for six weeks in a fast paced mode that mirrors the speed needed to succeed in the real world. 

All applicants will go through an interview and assessment process.

You'll receive an invitation to book a 10-minute telephone call with one of the facilitators. This is your opportunity to share your idea and to gauge suitability for the program. You will be contacted for an interview time and date.

Successful applicants must be able to commit to the full program.

During the program you'll receive:

  • Six master classes delivered by NOW, both virtual and in person.
  • Access to 26 video learning modules
  • Access to program mentors
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special events
  • Use of iHarvest Coworking Sunshine during the program

Apply to attend the program

Complete the application form.

Contact us

For further information please contact the Economic Development Team on 9249 4413 or

Meet the CUL-TI-VATE Program facilitators

Jordan Gian

Designer - Thought Provoker - Creative

Entrepreneur. Jordan’s time is split between design commitments for leading global brands, running ecom businesses and consulting on strategy and innovation.

Hannah Gee

Collaborator - Problem Solver - Leader

Hannah is a senior leader with a passion for building great learning cultures whose career has encompassed partnering with organisations to get great outcomes for and through people, technology and learning.

Thomas Anbeek

Builder - Entrepreneur

Thomas is passionate about startups and was the first employee at Startup Victoria. He was also responsible for growing the community from 3,000 to 11,000 startup enthusiasts, and taking the organisation into sustainability.

If you feel your situation might not be suited to the CUL-TI-VATE Program, Council’s Economic Development Unit and iHarvest Coworking Sunshine provide an extensive development program on a broad range of topics. View the schedule of workshops