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188 Entrepreneur Visa


Thank you very much for considering Flinders New Venture Institute
as your destination for innovation in South Australia.


As an approved Service Provider for the purpose of the 188E Visa,
we welcome enquiries from entrepreneurs wishing to undertake
an entrepreneurial activity in South Australia.


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Visa Information

Read the information provided by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs and South Australia’s Skilled & Business Migration respectively on the ‘Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) – Entrepreneur stream’. You will have to meet both the state and federal eligibility requirements in order to submit your application to us. 

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Why South Australia

South Australia offers a relaxed, family-friendly lifestyle where you can truly achieve work-life balance and afford to do more.

Adelaide is one of the world’s most liveable cities, perfectly positioned just a short drive from some of Australia’s most unique, globally-renowned regions, so whether you choose city, suburban or country life, South Australia offers something for everyone.


Why Flinders New Venture Institute

Located in Australia’s most awarded Innovation District at Tonsley, Flinders New Venture Institute provides a range of programs and services to a vibrant community of startups and businesses in six focus sectors that reflect Flinders University’s areas of strength, growth, and research:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Energy, Water, and Sustainability
  • Health
  • Wine, Tourism, and AgTech

With neighbouring renowned companies- Micro X, ZEISS, SAGE Group, to name just a few- as well as leading research institutes- the Australian Industry Transformation Institute, the Medical Devices Research Institute, and others-, we are ideally placed to spark, enable, and develop business ideas from conception to industry advancement.

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eNVIsion members after workshop
Flinders Innovation Centre's manager Raphael Garcia fine-tuning a 3D printer
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What we offer

We offer a range of incubation and acceleration programs, services, workshops, and activities that are designed to not only help your business start up and grow but also to enable you to become part of South Australia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem– including but not limited to:


We will provide each successful SISA Visa holder with $2,000 worth of credits.

These can be invested at the visa holder’s discretion in order to subsidize their access to the following incubator offerings:

eNVIsion incubator full time working station (for a 6 months period)

Participation in an Accelerator Program- i.e. FOMENT or IMA (see above)

Flinders Innovation Centre credits for prototyping support, 3D printing lab’s supplies, and professional support

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Bird's eye view of the Tonsley Innovation District at sunset

Application Criteria

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate a strong link between their business idea, business experience, and Flinders New Venture Institute’s focus areas, which are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Energy, Water, and Sustainability
  • Health
  • Wine, Tourism, and AgTech

The criteria we use to assess and respond to applications are:

  • how well the idea aligns to the South Australian government’s priority industry sectors;
  • how well the idea aligns to Flinders New Venture Institute’s focus areas (listed above);
  • applicants’ past business experience;
  • if we have a suitable program to match your business needs and stage of growth.
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Once you have read all the relevant information, click on the button below to start your application. If you have any queries, please email sisa.nvi@flinders.edu.au.


Benjemen Elengovan

Founder, MyGigsters

It takes a village to raise a startup, and Flinder NVI is the perfect place for an early-stage startup like mine to grow. I am a participant in the program ‘Supporting innovation in South Australia’. Flinders NVI is not only the sponsor of my startup but has also provided me with a network to connect, build relationships, and stay focused. At Flinders NVI, I have made friends for life, met amazing founders and thought leaders. A bonus is that you also get access to university resources, talents, and support.

Elen Cuña

Founder, Briefing Room

Since being endorsed by Flinders NVI, I have joined a bustling entrepreneurial community at the Tonsley Innovation District. The Venture Dorm pre-accelerator program and the eNVIsion incubator provided me with all the support I needed as well as a great environment to develop my business. Not to mention, I had the opportunity to build meaningful connections and receive expert mentoring from the Flinders NVI team. I definitely recommend Flinders NVI as an ideal incubator for early stage startups!