Got a creative idea? Make your passion a reality in Canberra

Posted 24 Feb 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Have you always dreamed of pursuing your passion, but didn’t have the funds or know how to get started?

Canberra is the place where you can make your dreams a reality.

There is wide-spread support for creative entrepreneurs in Canberra with grants available as well as training and mentoring from some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The Canberra Innovation Network is at the forefront on the entrepreneur community in Canberra. It is a hub for start ups and has several programs that can help you turn your creative idea into a commercially successful venture.

One of the grant programs that is currently calling for ideas is Stir. The Stir program is for creative entrepreneurs who are beginning their start up journey. It provides you with the education and experience to develop your creative passion into a project proposal and the chance to receive a crowd-voted grant.

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Stir is part of a major cultural shift in Canberra to include people from creative backgrounds to participate in entrepreneurship activities.

Camilo Potocnjak Oxman is a part of the Stir Crew.

“It is important as the Canberra innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem grows, to maintain the connection between creators and entrepreneurship. When that happens, you start to get really amazing projects that recognise what people need in the future, and to respond to people’s deep-seated passions and beliefs which can sometimes disturb entire industries,” he says.

Originally from South America, Camilo couldn’t be happier to have re-located to Canberra. He said the city is so rich in talent and the degrees of separation are minimal, giving Stir and other businesses great prospects of success.

“Canberra is on the cusp of greatness,” he said.

“We’re becoming a hub for entrepreneurship activity for the Asia Pacific region that is different to Sydney and Melbourne, our city has the connectedness which other cities don’t have,” he said.

“Because of Canberra’s size and the kinds of people that flow in there’s a lot of knowledge from different cultural and industry contexts. In the space of meeting three people here you have met a lot of the key players in order to make a project happen, which is something that would be difficult to achieve elsewhere,” he said.


Camilo encourages others to get involved in Canberra’s innovation network.

The city has the ability to support all kinds of businesses, giving people the opportunity to be influential and impact the lives of many.

“Canberra is open to your skills; if you are passionate about what you do, you will be recognised,” he said.

Find out more about the Canberra Innovation Network and the programs that can help you kick start your dream project in Canberra. Programs include:

Griffin Accelerator – a three month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected startups to create successful businesses.

KILN Incubator – an 18 Month Structured Business Growth Program including education, coaching, mentoring, business advisory services and space to shorten your time-to-success (or time-to-pivot).

Lean Start-Up Workshops – a series of monthly workshops in start up methodologies and best practices.

And many more…

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