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Ignite® Small Business Start-Ups

Supports small business creation and expansion for people from a refugee or migrant background, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and others.

Love of art ignites business success

Bridget Kelly is living her dream life as an artist and business owner, thanks to the support of her family and Ignite Small Business Start-Ups.

Ignite client and fashion designer employs women in Afghanistan to bring her designs to life

Ignite client Lida Mangal created her business, Ghan Fashion, to employ women in Afghanistan to create her unique designs and help lift them from poverty.

Iranian beautician launches her own business, thanks to Ignite

Great brows don’t happen by chance, they happen by appointment! This could well be the catchline of Mary Logan’s fledgling business, Mary Logan Beauty.

Ignite graduate makes art to educate, inspire and heal

It was obvious from a young age that Tyler Stackman was artistic, but a chance meeting last year helped transform his talent into a business.

New documentary highlights contribution of Ignite success story, First Nations leader Rose Lovelock

Damon Gameau’s latest documentary, Regenerating Australia, has captured the perceptive First Nations voice of Anaiwan academic and entrepreneur Rose Lovelock, an alumnus of Settlement Services International’s (SSI) Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative.

Former refugee and Ignite® entrepreneur empowers audiences at TEDxSydney

An Ignite® entrepreneur who attended TEDxSydney as part of SSI’s community partnership has returned again this year — but this time as a speaker, sharing his incredible story with more than 5,000 people.

Ignite Multicultural Women’s Business Scholarship winners announced at Mosaic Gala

SSI celebrated its annual fundraising event — the SSI Mosaic Gala — at the glamorous Merivale Ivy Ballroom on September 14, with entertainment by Lucky African Drum and Sirens Dance, guest speaker Matt Okine and the announcement of winners of the Ignite Multicultural Women’s Business Scholarship.

Canadian immigration minister meets refugee entrepreneurs at Ignite

Canada’s refugee-turned-minister of immigration, Ahmed Hussen, was recently in Sydney during a multi-city visit to Australia, taking time to visit SSI Ignite Small Business Start-ups at the Addison Road Community Centre offices in Marrickville.

SSI Ignite volunteer reveals why working with refugees is one of the most rewarding experiences

When Cornelia Schulze moved to Sydney from Germany four years ago, she found the transition difficult at first. With two business degrees and a 25-year career in publishing, Ms Schulz has a wide range of skills which she was keen to put to good use.

Thriving IgniteAbility entrepreneur and business award finalist is ready to scale up business

Carly Bishop was first introduced to IgniteAbility through Ability Links NSW, and ever since, has seen her business idea not only come to fruition from concept to start-up but was also recently recognised as an Illawarra Women in Business (IWIB) awards finalist.

Budding business owner talks about SSI Ignite: “Every time I have a meeting with Ignite it feels like home, everyone is striving for my success.”

Former-refugee and SSI Ignite entrepreneur Ghazal Ehsan arrived in Australia as a mere fourteen-year-old. Today she is deeply immersed in starting up her own cosmetic teeth whitening business in Sydney.

Designer harnesses talents to help Ignite participants accelerate business

SSI Ignite Small Business Start-Ups works together with a pool of specialists to help Ignite participants to achieve their business goals.

Ignite helps Iranian refugee forge new career path

Arriving in Australia in 2013 marked the beginning of a new life and career for 49-year-old Saman Khaladj.

IgniteAbility helps young Iranian pastry chef expand his dream

Once the dazzling capital of ancient Persia, Esfahan is still known for its unmatched beauty, Islamic architecture and picturesque sights. However, on the other side of the world, a young baker supported by the SSI IgniteAbility initiative has elevated the name of his hometown to new horizons, as Esfahan Sweets introduces traditional Persian sweet delights to the streets of Sydney.

Ignite serves an opportunity for recently arrived Syrian refugee

According to Ashod Paloulian, life is like a tennis match: you have to fight for every point and, if you lose one, you just have to try again. Both this analogy and this attitude toward life describe well this 33-year-old Syrian father of two who, only nine months after landing in Australia as a refugee, is already working as a tennis coach with the support of Ignite Small Business Start-ups.

SSI talks Ignite, refugee resettlement in Canada ideas exchange

Canada is recognised globally for the welcome it offers to refugees, evident in everything from the Prime Minister personally greeting airport arrivals to its settlement of 30,000 Syrian refugees in a four month period. It was with great delight then that SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis recently accepted a Canadian government invitation to talk about SSI’s work in this area.

Ignite supports entrepreneur to re-establish himself after becoming a refugee

Rassul Zahrouni had a successful and happy life in Iran. He owned two jewellery shops and enjoyed peace and prosperity with his family and friends.

University of Wollongong students and refugee entrepreneurs connected through Ignite Small Business Start-ups

Shazy Sahrulazizi, Ariff Bahar and Chen Hu are all final year students of the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Wollongong. As do many of their peers, they juggle classes, study, group assignments and extra-curricular activities, trying to fit everything into their busy schedules.

Businesses and jobs created by SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups

SSI’s first event in Parliament House, Canberra was a resounding success, with Federal Minister Craig Laundy MP vowing to ensure that the Ignite Small Business Start-ups (Ignite) initiative receives the funding it deserves so that humanitarian entrants have the opportunity to give back to Australia.