Flinders New Venture Institute

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

    eNVIsion Barossa-Yorke-Mid North

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    Want to start or grow your own business?

    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.

    What do we offer?

    We offer Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services (EFS) in the Barossa Valley, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North regions. EFS is 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.

    Our aim is to connect communities across the Barossa, Yorke and Mid North areas with programs, resources, workshops, mentors and networks to build your business. Your Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Dee Edwards, can connect you to the programs and services that come recommended by our trusted community.

    Get involved

    Do you have a business idea you’d like to explore, or already have an established business that you’d like to grow? We can help. The first part is easy – tell us more about yourself! Follow these steps:


    1. Click the button below
    2. Fill out the expression of interest form
    3. Your Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Dee, will be in touch with you shortly

    We deliver a range of services across the Barossa, Yorke and Mid North areas:

    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.

    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, 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.

    International Opportunities

    Through Flinders New Venture Institute, you’ll be the first to know about business development trips around the world that can provide insight into international markets and potential global opportunities for your business.

    Start your business with this guide on your side

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    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.

    Explore our library of 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.

    Your Entrepreneurship Facilitator

    Dee Edwards

    Dee Edwards

    Entrepreneurship Facilitator



    Dee Edwards is the Entrepreneurship Facilitator for the Barossa Valley, Yorke and Mid North regions. 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.

    Where are we located?

    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!

    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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