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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 marginalised 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.  

Please note that Ignite is currently funded to support females only.

Our eligibility is:

  • Females from diverse backgrounds
  • Females experiencing barriers to exploring their business idea due to cultural or socio-economic situation.
  • Females from a First Nations, CALD, refugee, and new migrant background
  • Females with disability

How we help

We empower participants to start a new business or expand an existing business.
Our Ignite facilitators provide free, confidential, and one-on-one tailored support to equip entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the Australian business landscape.
We provide ongoing support at the pace of the participant as they conceptualise their business, begin operation, and as their business continues to grow.

Please note that entry into any Ignite program is dependent upon availability.  

Get in touch


The Ignite® program operates in Greater Sydney, regional NSW and Victoria, Australia. 

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Location:  Hut 6, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204 


Phone: 0401 310 648

Visit Ignite’s website