Encore Program

Change your career, change your life with Encore 

A program to help budding entrepreneurs aged 35 years and over.

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Encore Program - Apply Now

Enquiries now open for our June 2023 intake.


The Encore Program is a workshop and mentoring program for South Australians aged 35 or above, looking to either establish a new business or grow an existing one. 

By attending monthly content-specific workshops delivered by industry experts, participants will learn how to develop a comprehensive business plan and a sustainable business model. 

Workshop topics

Participants will attend the following workshops:

    • Business Modelling
    • Business Plan – Getting Started
    • Law for Start-ups
    • Sales & Customer Service – Group workshop
    • Marketing and Brand
    • Digital Marketing, Media & PR
    • Finance – How to make sense of your Financials
    • Human Resources for SMEs
    • Digital Strategy – Digital Engagement
    • Leadership and Entrepreneurial Thinking
    • Business plan feedback night

    At the completion of the program, participants will have developed a business model, strategy and plan for their business.

    Dedicated mentor

    In addition to workshops, participants are allocated their own dedicated mentor who will nurture and guide participants throughout the program with a monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions.

    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible for the Encore Program, you must be:

    • Demonstrate an intention to either establish a new business or grow an existing one
    • Be aged 35 or above
    • Reside in South Australia

    Please note that we also have the SAYES entrepreneur program for applicants under the age of 35.

    There is a cost for the program of $1,600 including GST per person. Payment options are available.

    Participants will be required to complete an online application and attend an interview. To apply, click on the Apply Now button below. Information for our next intake will be available shortly.

    If you’d like to speak to somebody about the program, please complete an online enquiry form and one of our staff will get back in touch with you.

    Encore Program - Apply Now

    Enquiries now open for our June 2023 intake.

    Kate campbell playpouch encore2019
    Business SA

    The Encore Program enabled me to revisit and streamline our businesses processes and set new business goals to ensure sustainability and future growth. It was great to be forced to take time to focus 'on' the business, rather than just working 'in' the business.

    Kate Campbell , Play Pouch

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