Expressions of interest for SAYES are now open.  Successful participants will be notified of the next intake.


Do you have a great idea for a business? SAYES can help

The South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES), established in 1998, assists young South Australians aged between 18-35 years to develop a business idea or further enhance an already established business over the course of 12 months.  SAYES assists participants to develop the skills and confidence to develop and implement their business ideas.

The key to this program is the support of experienced mentors and industry leaders. The comprehensive workshops are hosted by leading experts in: strategic management, finance, marketing, taxation, law, employee relations, leadership and media.

Selection Criteria

  • Australian citizen and South Australian resident
  • Aged 18 to 35 years at the time of applications closing
  • Your business is operating and you are ready to take your business to the next level



  • Business Direction - Strategic Management
  • Powerful Business Models
  • Legal
  • Finances
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Digital Strategy & Communications
  • Media & PR
  • HR & Workforce Planning
  • Leadership & Innovation

Duration: 12 months – 1 x 2 hour training session and 1 x 1 hour mentoring session per month.
Includes graduation ceremony upon completion and opportunities to attend exclusive events throughout the year. 

Cost: $990 GST per person administration fee.

For more information email Scott Dutschke, SAYES Executive or call
(08) 8300 0000. 

Download the SAYES course guide here



Luke Patton, L&B Prestige Detailing
South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
L & B Prestige Detailing are Adelaide’s preeminent mobile luxury car detailing business. Born from a simple passion for keeping cars clean, L & B Prestige Detailing turned into an amazing business that has received world wide commendation. L & B Prestige Detailing are Australia’s only detailing business that manufacture and use their own luxury car care range.
"SAYES helped increase my business confidence and allowed me to position myself more professionally, in line with current best practices.’’



Kelly Magor, Forage & Feast 
South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

"Being involved in SAYES has been an invaluable experience that has helped me transform my business idea into a comprehensive plan, which I can now execute with confidence."



Kate Henning, Smiling Samoyed 
South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

"I had worked for other people up to the point that I embarked on the SAYES program. I was nervous about the legal, marketing, accounting and other regulatory aspects of running my own business. Suddenly I didn't have an all-knowing employer above me that I could ask or defer any difficult questions to. The SAYES program offered not only structured workshops on everything from HR to marketing but also offered a network of people who were at the same stage with their businesses and a mentor to focus specifically on my business.

I gained confidence from the program that we were implementing all of the structures that were necessary for our business and saw that other people in the group were grappling with the same issues that I was. The most important benefit of the program was being matched with my mentor who has been a sounding board and has pushed us to undertake the 'big picture' tasks that have shaped how our business runs every day."

Read other SAYES graduates testimonials.

Or do you have business skills and experience you would like to share with young Entrepreneurs?

Please register your interest in becoming a SAYES mentor below.


Program Partners






Adelaide Office

Level 1
136 Greenhill Road Unley
South Australia 5061

P 08 8300 0000
F 08 8300 0001



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