our enterprise community

Our partners include ex-service organisations, government, corporations, and philanthropists
who believe and invest in our vision to inspire veteran community entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Our programME sponsors

                   The Prince's Trust Australia Enterprise Programme received grant funding from the Australian Government to support veteran owned businesses.
Our programME partners

Prince’s Trust Australia works closely with our alumni, the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to ensure our programmes meet the needs of Australia’s Defence community. This includes working with Defence Transition Coaches, trusted ex-service partners, and veteran community businesses.

In 2020, 39% of new connections between Prince’s Trust Australia and programme participants came from referrals through the Department of Defence, Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Defence Families Australia. We cannot do what we do without you.  

 How we help  

Our programme is designed to complement existing employment services for veterans and their families. We focus exclusively on supporting the veteran community into self-employment and building the enterprise skills they need to thrive in the future of work.  

Participants join our programmes to:  Explore self-employment, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and business Enhance the skills needed to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work Connect with likeminded vetrepreneurs and build new networks across Australia.

Is my client eligible?  

Our Enterprise programme is free for all transitioning defence members, veterans at any stage, and civilian partners of current or former serving members.  

Self-employment can be a great pathway for participants seeking flexible employment, including those with physical or psychological injuries.

Safeguarding

We respect our partners and their clients and are committed to the highest safeguarding standards.  Our programmes are trauma informed. All staff hold Working with Children Checks and police clearances.

How you can help  

Building a viable, sustainable business can take many months – even years. Although highly rewarding, small business is often challenging and can place significant financial and emotional stress on a family.  

Deciding not to start a business is equally important as starting a business. It is important that veterans and family members considering self-employment be supported to explore this pathway as safely and as early as possible.  

About our programme  

Our programme is designed to complement existing employment services for veterans and their families. We focus exclusively on supporting the veteran community into self-employment and building the enterprise skills they need to thrive in the future of work.  

We strongly encourage Commanding Officers to recommend members join the Enterprise programme before committing further resources towards a career in business. Most elements of the programme can be completed online. The programme is generally held during office hours.

Participants join our programmes to:  Explore self-employment and entrepreneurship; develop a business idea or launch a business; enhance the skills needed to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work; connect with likeminded vetrepreneurs; and build new networks across Australia  

Who is eligible?  

Our Enterprise programme is free for all transitioning Defence members, veterans at any stage, and civilian partners of current or former serving members.  We request that transitioning Defence members notify their Commanding Officer of their intent to transition before joining the Enterprise programme.   Members do not need a transition date to join a programme.

Self-employment can be a great pathway for participants seeking flexible employment, including those with physical or psychological injuries, or members that are transitioning to part-time employment with the active reserves.

Safeguarding

We respect our partners and their clients and are committed to the highest safeguarding standards.  Our programmes are trauma informed. All staff hold Working with Children Checks and police clearances.

How you can help  

Building a viable, sustainable business can take many months – even years. Although highly rewarding, small business is often challenging and can place significant financial and emotional stress on a family.  

Deciding not to start a business is equally important as starting a business. It is important that veterans and family members considering self-employment be supported to explore this pathway as safely and as early as possible.  

About our programme 

Our programme is designed to complement existing employment services for veterans and their families. We focus exclusively on supporting the veteran community into self-employment and building the enterprise skills they need to thrive in the future of work.  

We strongly encourage Commanding Officers to recommend members join the Enterprise programme before committing further resources towards a career in business.   Most elements of the programme can be completed online. The programme is generally held during office hours.

Participants join our programmes to:  Explore self-employment and entrepreneurship; develop a business idea or launch a business; enhance the skills needed to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work; connect with likeminded vetrepreneurs; and build new networks across Australia  

Who is eligible?  

Our Enterprise programme is free for all transitioning Defence members, veterans at any stage, and civilian partners of current or former serving members.  We request that transitioning Defence members notify their Commanding Officer of their intent to transition before joining the Enterprise programme.   Members do not need a transition date to join a programme.

Self-employment can be a great pathway for participants seeking flexible employment, including those with physical or psychological injuries, or members that are transitioning to part-time employment with the active reserves.

Safeguarding

We respect our partners and their clients and are committed to the highest safeguarding standards.  Our programmes are trauma informed. All staff hold Working with Children Checks and police clearances.

We're proud to collaborate with not-for-profits and ex-service organisations in Australia and across the globe.

Our friends help us inspire and support veterans and their families into self-employment, provide advice and expertise, and offer additional services in education and training, employment, advocacy and psycho-social wellbeing for veterans and their families.


Our Enterprise programme is guided by an Advisory Council, chaired by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd)

  • Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC – Head People Capability, Australian Defence Force
  • Air Commodore Robert Brown AM – Chairman, ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre
  • Sandi Laaksonen-Sherrin – National Convenor, Defence Families Australia
  • Gabby Costigan MBE – Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia
  • Professor David Forbes PhD – Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • Sean Farrell - Chief Executive, Australian Defence Alliance (Victoria)
  • Emily Frizell – Founder & Chief Executive, AeroPM
  • Robert Joske OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Joske Management
  • Stuart Richardson - Founder, Venture Capital

Through the delivery of holistic services, Soldier On enables veterans and their families to thrive. Soldier On's services aim to HELP individuals build resilience, and create and expand meaningful connections with family, community and employers through their health and wellbeing services, employment programmes, learning opportunities, and participation activities.

Defence Families Australia (DFA) advocates for the families of current serving defence members. DFA is the official ADF families advisory body to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force and provides national representation to a number of committees and councils.

Wandering Warriors support special forces veterans and their families with the education, employment, mentoring and respite they need to transition successfully.

Founded by two Prince's Trust Australia alumni in 2020, the Veteran Community Business Chamber supports veteran and veteran spouse-owned businesses with ongoing business education and networking, a free business registry, and digital transformation support. Established based on four key pillars of education, community, identification and digital transformation the VCBC aims to be the voice for Veteran Community-Owned Business. Have a business or are interested in starting, join today!

Founded by Prince's Trust Australia alumna Karyn Hinder, WA not-for-profit Working Spirit collaborates with public and private sector employers to support veterans and transitioning defence members into employment across Australia. Working Spirit also supports female veterans to thrive through the Women Veterans Employment Network (WOVEN).

The Australian Student Veteran Association (ASVA) promotes the academic success, empowerment, and professional development of student veterans at university through peer-to-peer mentoring, advocacy and resource support.

Operation Entrepreneur is a national, bilingual program helping Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families to successfully transition from service into self-employment through workshops, networking activities, and a national Buy Veteran campaign. An initiative of Prince's Trust Canada, the Enterprise Programme at Prince's Trust Australia was initially modelled on the great work of our sister charity in Canada

Founded by Ren Kapur MBE in 2012, X-Forces assists the British military community into self-employment through free training, startup funding and mentoring support. Prince's Trust Australia's Enterprise programme is influenced by the great work of our international friends at X-Forces.

As the leading veteran-community entrepreneurial network in the United States, Bunker Labs inspires, equips and connects veteran and family entrepreneurs to succeed in business. Prince's Trust Australia's Enterprise programme is influenced by the great work of our international friends at Bunker Labs.

Through the delivery of holistic services, Soldier On enables veterans and their families to thrive. Soldier On's services aim to HELP individuals build resilience, and create and expand meaningful connections with family, community and employers through their health and wellbeing services, employment programs, learning opportunities, and participation activities.

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