Fuelling startups in Whittlesea

If you have a business idea or innovation, the IGNITE program will help you move forward in your startup venture.

Do you have a business idea and/or innovation but are not sure how to bring it to life?

The Ignite program offers a six-week bootcamp, one-on-one mentoring, networking events, and a supportive environment to help you minimise obstacles and build the confidence to move forward with your startup venture.

The Ignite program will help individuals who have a business idea or innovation to build the capability to move forward in your venture in a structured and supportive environment.

To be eligible to participate, you must work, study, or live in Whittlesea.

The Ignite program is made possible thanks to LaunchVic funding, led by the City of Whittlesea and delivered by the Melbourne Innovation Centre.

Ignite Program Snapshot

Group Workshops

The eight Ignite Taster workshops run for two hours and are designed to give you a snapshot of lean start up principles.


The full-day hackathon is designed to help you develop your startup idea or venture and apply startup principles in a fun and interactive session.


Breakfast with an Entrepreneur are monthly networking sessions featuring a local successful startup and networking among like-minded individuals at different stages of their venture.

Ignite Bootcamp

Ignite Bootcamp will develop and refine your idea or venture with intensive training sessions, personalised mentoring, and a pitch event that will determine the overall winner.

Why join the Ignite Program?

Learn from industry experts

The program draws expertise from a range of industry professionals.

Discover the lean startup methodology

Apply the renowned build, measure and learn methodology to your startup.

Expand your networks

Attend our Breakfast with Entrepreneurs to hear the stories of our local talent.

Take the next steps

If you’ve been sitting on this idea and weren’t sure how to start, it’s finally time to take action!

Ready to join the Ignite program?


The Ignite program will be run by the City of Whittlesea with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for a growing population.

Ready to Ignite your startup?

Register Your Interest

We’d love to hear from you if you’re a local Whittlesea entrepreneur that is interested in using our Ignite Program to launch your venture. Send us your details in the form below and we’ll provide you with upcoming program dates, event invites and mentoring availability.

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