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

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. We provide the skills and confidence to assist people in developing and implementing their business ideas. The key to this program is being assigned an experienced business mentor and the comprehensive workshops that are hosted by leading experts in: strategic management, finance, marketing, taxation, law, employee relations, leadership and media.


Burger Theory

Burger TheoryRob and I enrolled in the SAYES program at a critical juncture in our business's life: Burger Theory was beginning to receive an unexpectedly large amount of press, but behind the scenes, our lives were fairly chaotic, to say the least. This was plain on our faces at most of the SAYES events, as we usually arrived covered in grease, smelling of burgers and often a few minutes late. But through the empathetic guidance of the speakers and with the support of Dan Smith and our mentor Andrew Leunig in particular, we were imparted with the confidence (and a plan) to work on our business, instead of simply in it. And that normally cliche phrase actually meant something with the seasoned knowledge these individuals possessed.

To this day, we continue to be in touch with Dan, Andrew and several of the speakers (one of whom is now our accountant). Additionally, our fellow SAYES graduates have been supportive as well and it is a pleasure to run into them or arrange a catch up to discuss our business and theirs. It has been a great experience to be a part of the SAYES community and we look forward to the growth of these networks as our business continues to grow.

Rob Dean and Dan Mendelson

Read our SAYES graduates testimonials.

Watch the 7:30 report for a video on our SAYES program.

How much does it cost?

$880 inc GST per person administration fee.

Selection Criteria
  • Australian citizen and South Australian resident
  • Aged 18 to 35 years at the time of applications closing
  • Be ready to get your business off the ground
  • Completed SAYES Boot Camp or have been operating your business for a minimum of 12 months.     

To find out more contact our Customer Service team on 08 8300 0000 or email

Premium Partners    
Program Partners    
Andrew Leunig Pitstop RDA
Scarpantoni AIM The Advertiser


Adelaide Office

Level 1
136 Greenhill Road Unley
South Australia 5061

P 08 8300 0000
F 08 8300 0001


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