Flinders New Venture Institute

  • nvi@flinders.edu.au
  • (08) 8201 7928
  • Level 2, 1284 South Road Tonsley SA 5042

    Connecting communities. Driving innovation.

    Welcome to Flinders New Venture Institute’s

    eNVIsion Barossa-Yorke-Mid North

    eNVIsion Barossa-Yorke-Mid North is here to support and boost your regional homegrown business.
    Whether you’re looking for guidance on a business idea, tailored mentoring, business support programs or referrals and links, we provide practical assistance for your business needs.

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    Sparking, enabling, and developing regional businesses

    Through the Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services (EFS), an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, we encourage, support, and provide practical assistance to individuals interested in starting or growing their own business.

    Supporting and inspiring students and teachers

    We are really passionate about contributing to the creation of future entrepreneurs. Recognizing the pivotal role educators play in this enterprise, we also engage in developing, sharing, and maintaining education tools and resources to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in teachers and ultimately in their students.

    Engaging young people with STEM and entrepreneurship

    As Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) underpin many of the new ventures being established around the world, with the support of the Australian Government we produce and create physical and virtual resources to support young people’s educational journeys.

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    Our aim is to connect communities across the Barossa-Yorke-Mid North region with programs, resources, workshops, mentors and networks to build your business.
    Explore our range of services below.

     

    Personal Assistance

    If you’ve thought about self-employment or want to grow your existing business, we’re here to work with you, regardless of age or background. We can help you focus, act as a sound board for your great ideas, and broaden your business and personal networks. We also offer resources and advice – through information sessions, workshops and networking events – about starting and running a business, while keeping in mind your individual circumstances and how to overcome challenges and barriers.

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    Business Programs

    We have programs and events for every stage of the business journey– from brand new to well-established. These include our Venture Dorm eight-week business accelerator program, the Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator, and more. Our programs deliver practical and theoretical knowledge to help you get your business idea to market, or your current business to the next level.

    Tailored Mentoring

    We want to connect you to those who have successfully gone through a similar journey, and who can share their knowledge and experiences to help you do the same.

    Linking and Referring

    We want to connect you to business support services, funding and assistance providers, and local business leaders across industries. We’ll link and refer you to appropriate services so that you can foster new relationships for your business.

    Start Your Business

    If you are starting a new business, congratulations! While it is a big, bold decision, it is also a fulfilling and rewarding one. As part of the Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services program, we aim to equip you with resources to help you set up and start out successfully.

    One of the common questions we get asked is “What do I need to know about starting my business?”. Our e-book Start Your Business: The Ultimate Guide for Regional South Australians, Barossa-Yorke-Mid North Edition offers an overview and checklist of steps to take and factors to consider when starting your business. Reviewing this e-book is one of the first key steps we recommend to any new business founder.

    Subsequently, we offer a continuum of services including meeting with our Entrepreneurship Facilitator Dee Edwards to chat one-to-one about your personal business situation, as well as business workshops, trainings and programs that focus on specific aspects of business.

    As a first step, we invite you to access our e-book to help guide you through the practical steps of setting up your business.

    Flinders NVI and high school students event
    Flinders NVI and high school students event
    Flinders NVI and high school students event

    Recorded workshops

    We offer a variety of online resources, including videos of our workshops, to help boost your business capacity.

    With topics ranging from marketing and social media to innovation capacity building and grant writing, all of them offer expert insight and advice into the fundamental elements of running a successful business.

    We invite you to access our video library as part of your business journey.

    Dee Edwards

    Entrepreneurship Facilitator (Barossa-Yorke-Mid North), Flinders NVI

    Based in the Barossa, Dee has a specialisation in agribusiness and food entrepreneurship. She has owned her own business working one-on-one with SME agrifood businesses and startups to build their management proficiency, improve core business profitability, and develop business growth plans. She places emphasis on one-on-one mentoring in all of her work, as well as building direct-to-consumer, business-to-business and regional stakeholder relationships. Dee has a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism and a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Marketing. She is on the Board of Barossa Farmers Market, serves on the Grants Assessment Panel for Country Arts SA, and is part of the Reconciliation Barossa Committee.

    While Dee is based in the Barossa, our services extend across the entire Barossa, Yorke and Mid North regions. We also have hub locations in Kadina, Clare and Port Pirie. Dee regularly travels around the region and would be happy to meet with you face-to-face, by phone or by email. Get in touch via the form below!

    Address: Barossa Campus, 1/30/38 Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa SA 5355

    Email: dee.edwards@flinders.edu.au

    Phone: 8201 7866

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