Ignite Small Business Start-Ups
Supporting small business creation
About Ignite® Small Business Start-Ups
Small business creation is a powerful pathway to meaningful employment, providing financial stability, a sense of belonging, identity, and social and economic participation. Yet, people from marginalise communities often encounter social, economic, and institutional barriers that impede their ability to start and sustain a small business, despite their entrepreneurial spirit.
SSI’s social enterprise, Ignite® Small Business Start-Ups, facilitates small business creation and expansion for people from a refugee or migrant background, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from other communities who face barriers to entrepreneurship. With Ignite®’s help, fledgling entrepreneurs are empowered to unleash their potential and take greater control of their lives through business creation, to create meaningful employment and income for themselves, their families and potentially, over time, others.
How we help
About the Ignite® program
The Ignite® program recognises the significant entrepreneurial potential among refugees and new arrivals to Australia who, with the right support and connections, can be helped to overcome barriers and become independent through their own businesses.
Participation is open to people from refugee backgrounds, those on bridging visas, and anyone who has immigrated to Australia in the last ten years.
IgniteAbility is a ground-breaking program that was developed in 2016, tailored to address barriers and meet the specific needs of entrepreneurs with disability.
IgniteAbility is open to anyone living with disability, as well as parents, carers and support workers of people with disability.
IgniteFirst is a bespoke Indigenous model that was developed in 2022 through walking hand in hand with the local Anaiwan community in Armidale. The IgniteFirst program is dedicated to helping expand the Indigenous economy by nurturing First Nations entrepreneurs to create self-employment opportunities and achieve greater self-determination.
Participation in the IgniteFirst is open to First Nations people in Victoria, Armidale and surrounds.