Our Enterprise program supports all entrepreneurs in the veteran community, including transitioning defence members, military veterans, and ADF partners of current or former serving members We support these entrepreneurs throughout the journey of starting a business, including exploration, ideation and growth.
To protect the health & safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic we've postponed our 2020 face-to-face programs in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Step One: Enterprise Online
Every entrepreneurial journey starts with an idea — Enterprise Online gives you the tools you need to make your idea a reality while connecting you with likeminded veterans and family members across Australia.
Whatever stage on your journey, Enterprise Online helps you figure out the life you want and, if appropriate, safely build a business to suit it.
Along the way, we'll support you to build the skills and confidence you need to prepare for, and respond to, the rapidly changing world of work. So if you decide self-employment isn't right for you, or you need a sea change, you've got some great tools in the toolbox to help you take your next step.
If you've already started a business or a side hustle, you can still join us. This program is great for carving out much-needed time to work on your business.
Step Two: Harnessing Community
Community is key, and we'd love to share it with you! Accelerate your business success by engaging in our robust network of resources, networks and mentors.
From virtual meetups with business experts, connecting to local support services, participating in #buyveteran initiatives, and offering industry-based community catch-ups, we're constantly innovating new programs and events to support our growing community.
In 2020, these initiatives will stay online to protect the health and safety of our community.
“Awesome opportunity to experience a frame of reference other than the usual Defence mindset. To challenge own assumptions and habits and awake to other opportunities and avenues. Clone it if you can! Immensely grateful to the trust and all involved for this unique opportunity.”
"I, like many others, struggle with being identified as a Veteran as I did not see overseas active service in my 14 years in the Airforce. I do know that I committed a large chunk of my life to serving in the military, and it can be as scary as hell moving into the civilian world out of the safety net & especially going into business. It’s a completely different mindset! I met some amazing fellow servicemen & women who have inspired me, not to mention the creative way of thinking outside of the box!"
"Over a 34-year career in both the ADF and civilian worlds I have been on many training courses, but nothing compares to the high calibre of this program, starting with the initial communication and support, through content (including access to guests) and delivery."
“The support, experience and knowledge provided through this program is without question the difference between operating a highly successful business and potentially becoming one of the statistics. This is an opportunity you will not get anywhere else. It’s not just the course learnings – it’s the networks, the personal mentors with decades of business experience, and the support all the way through the program and post-program that really matter.”
"This course and the people who support it provide the most valuable experience available to anyone still serving or transitioning from Defence. I found my time inspiring and I am excited by the prospect of life outside the Australian Defence Force.”
"There is nothing else like this opportunity in Australia. You can’t put a dollar value on the support and quality of the resources and facilitators that we had in this program - it’s incredible.”
“I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of starting a small business as a foundation platform to provide clear direction.”
“This is an exceptional opportunity for transitioning members who have the passion and ideas of pursuing self-employment. Not only does it provide the tools to start a business but introduces all participants to an extraordinary group of professionals from various industries who are willing to share their experiences.”
"Thank you for giving me the platform to be able to help guide others, many of whom also seemed quite lost in their current journey. It’s such a daunting prospect to go from such a secure bubble inside the ADF to the real world. It’s important to get the message out that initiatives such as this exist to help along the way."
“The program has been integral to our success. Formalising our business plan helped us grow our company in the last 18 months from three founding staff members to nearly 30 people today. The Prince’s Trust Australia was great because it gave us that network and heightened level of business expertise that was able to really push up forward.”
"It was a fantastic experience learning how to find and analyze business problems and create solutions before testing them. You can meet other like-minded veterans where you can forge new friendships and increase your own support networks" - Gary
"Amazing!!! Insightful, great practice for real-world challenges, safe & supportive, different, connecting, dynamic, encouraging, interesting and fun." - Natahsha
"Awesome opportunity to experience a frame of reference other than the usual Defence mindset. To challenge own assumptions and habits and awake to other opportunities and avenues. Clone it if you can! Immensely grateful to the trust and all involved for this unique opportunity." - Daryl
"Eye-opening, supportive and exciting." – John
“Preparation to separate from Defence and reintegrate into civilian life and workforce. This course I feel has equipped me with tools that I can use not only in an entrepreneurial way but simply to life in general to approach things open mindedly, calmly and systematically. This is by far the best thing that has been offered to me by Defence to assist me in transition.”
Step Three: Growing your business
Stay tuned! We're working behind the scenes on a new accelerator program for early-stage businesses.
Check out a few of our 2019 vetrepreneurs, changemakers & creators
Alex Pryor, Founder of Pryority DroneWorks | Jodi Allen, Founder of Jodi Allen Nutrition and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist | Kelliegh Jackson, Founder of Eyes Front | Michelle Wood, Founder of In The Knit of Time | Stuart Graham, Owner at Antiquarian Angler | Tye Hillam, Founder at Authorship Consulting | Tracey Gilmartin, Founder of Y Marketing | Elaine Gallagher, Founder of Wellness Ignitor | Adam Elm, Founder of Corps Culture | Scott McIntyre, Co-Founder at The Naked Bar | Helen Burgess, Founder at GraphitEdge | Tricia Reynolds, Founder at K9 Shield Assistance Dogs | Jeff Casson, Founder of Backyard Battlegrounds | Ben Whiley, Adventurer | Kym Bellas, Founder of Pineapple Coalition | Zac Briggs, Co-Founder at Relic Design & Craft Co. | Rob White, Founder at Rob White Photography | Gary Wilson, Founder of Bare Coaching
Frequently Asked Questions
Defence members in transition, veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service, and partners or spouses of defence members are welcome to apply on a rolling basis.
We are an equal opportunity and trauma-informed provider and welcome applications from individuals with physical or psychological injuries.
Absolutely! We are strong advocates of lifelong learning and understand that your business journey is unique to you. If you would like to discuss your circumstances confidentially, please reach out to a member of our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending the program is free. Unfortunately, we don't cover travel costs.
We endeavour to make the program as accessible as possible. Please email us if you would like to confidentially discuss your financial circumstances on email@example.com.
We welcome and encourage partners and family members to attend our Enterprise programs, either for their own business venture and professional development, or to brush up on the skills you need to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work.
Our programs are great if you’re looking to build confidence to seek further employment, help your partner run a business, or set up a sole-trading or micro business.
Absolutely! We welcome attendees at all stages in their business journey! Our programs are designed to build networks and introduce you to key enterprise skills integral to the future of work. We encourage you to attend if you’d like to explore an idea, are interested in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, or looking to build your skills to seek future employment in an existing business.
Whether you identify as an explorer, life-long learner, job seeker, entrepreneur, contractor, freelancer, consultant, social media influencer, or small business owner – our programs are designed to help build your confidence, skills, networks to thrive in this rapidly changing world of work.
If you’re unsure if the program is right for you, please email our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our program. Unfortunately, our programs are only on offer for defence members who have notified their intent to transition. The program is open to veterans at any stage, as well as family members of current or former defence personnel.
Please talk to a member of the team if you would like to discuss your circumstances on email@example.com.
All participants on our Enterprise program have access to ongoing events, resources and networking opportunities, as well as peer-to-peer mentoring.
We're always looking for new opportunities to help you on your business journey, so stay tuned!
The Enterprise program is supported by an Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and includes:
- Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC – Head People Capability, Australian Defence Force
- Air Commodore Robert Brown AM – Chairman, ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre
- Maree Sirois – National Convenor, Defence Families Australia
- Craig Fitzgerald – Director Operations, Aspen Medical
- Professor David Forbes PhD – Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- Stephen Koss – Partner, Advisory, EY
- Sean Farrell - CEO, Australian Defence Alliance (Victoria)
- Gary Hogan AM, CSC – Program Manager, APR.Intern
- Robert Joske OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Joske Management
- Stuart Richardson - Founder, Venture Capital