Venture Dorm:

City of Marion Youth Engagement Scholarship

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City of Marion's Youth Engagement Program and Flinders New Venture Institute are offering five Venture Dorm scholarships to eligible young people.

Part of the Youth Engagement Program’s mission to direct services and opportunities toward young people, this scholarship will help five future founders build their business idea in eight weeks. Venture Dorm is our flagship, award-winning program, designed to help people with great ideas get off the ground, and establish a startup. 

Are you a young founder with business idea that you're ready to build into a business?

City of Marion is offering five people a place in the Venture Dorm Pre-Accelerator Program to make it happen. You just need to be someone who lives, works or plays within the City of Marion council area, aged 18-25, with an idea you’re itching to make happen. 

We’ll shortlist you for the Youth Engagement Scholarship if you’re someone who has always been drawn to less traditional pathways, has a creative and entrepreneurial mindset and feels confident working hard alongside 20 other brilliant business founders, from a rainbow of industries. 

If that sounds like you, hit apply on the button below and lodge your application. It only takes 10 minutes, but take time to think carefully; what do you want us to know about you and your idea when we consider you for the scholarship?

What kind of businesses will be considered?

Your product or service could derive from fashion, film, gaming, music, visual arts, dance, VR, tech, construction, social enterprise, health, manufacturing, education… Venture Dorm is an industry agnostic program and we consistently welcome a huge range of ideas into the fold.

City of Marion’s Youth Engagement Program is based on YOUR feedback, when asked to share your priorities, passions, experiences and concerns. This scholarship is an important deliverable based on the data collected. Want to find out more? 

ACCESS: City of Marion’s Youth Engagement & Consultation Report

What you can expect

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a fully subsidised place in NVI’s award-winning Pre-Accelerator Program, Venture Dorm. This includes:

  • Placement in the October 2020 intake of Venture Dorm, worth $995 ex. GST
  • A 5 month membership within the eNVIsion incubator program, which includes hot desk and meeting room access
  • The opportunity be selected to pitch at our Venture Dorm graduation, the eNVIsage Showcase

Interested in applying for the scholarship? Here’s what you need to know.

Applications are open now. Once you’ve completed the application form (below), we’ll let you know if you’ve been shortlisted.



    Venture Dorm will be delivered virtually, with some in-person opportunities:

    • The program uses a blend of in-person delivery and video conferencing. Most sessions will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. There are three optional in-person sessions at pivotal points in the program. For these sessions, the program coordinator will deliver face-to-face content at the Flinders at Tonsley campus, so you can mingle with your fellow participants and be there for hands-on activities like prototyping. For people joining from outside of the Metro area, we’ll organise meet up points specific to your location.

    Ready to apply? Just click the link below and fill out the form on the page.

    Venture Dorm will help you:


    Your idea


    A viable, scalable business model

    Test and Validate

    Your idea by taking it into the real world

    Think differently

    About what it takes to do something new


    Like a superstar with weekly practice