Launched this week, the City of Melbourne Accelerator Program (CoM X) is a 12-month pilot program designed for retail and hospitality startups.
The CoM X program is set to provide five Melbournian entrepreneurs with support as they work to increase their businesses presence in the market, expand their networks, and achieve early-stage traction.
Supported through RMIT Activator, an entrepreneurship initiative launched by RMIT University, each founder will gain access to world-class self-guided learning. They are able to make the most of everything from enrolment in professional courses to workshops and masterclasses, as well as personal sessions with a specialised startup coach.
“As Australia’s fastest growing city, Melbourne offers unlimited opportunities for startups to generate and develop new ideas.”Councillor Philip Le Liu, Deputy Chair of the Knowledge City portfolio, City of Melbourne
Each of the successful candidates also receives access to a year in Hub Collins Street, joining the community of inspiring members already using the space to grow their ideas and businesses.
Located on Collins Street, this membership also locates them in one of the most aspirational areas of the city, surrounded by global brands and successful local businesses alike.
Meet our first CoM X participants:
A Good Man offers personalised shopping and styling services for men.
Established in 2009, the business aims to makeover men’s wardrobes by making fashion more accessible for all through shining a spotlight on, and supporting, the many quality independent retailers located in the City of Melbourne.
Hospo Hire has created an online pre-screening assessment tool to streamline recruitment in the hospitality industry by ensuring venues make an informed choice on hiring.
Hospitality venues in Melbourne are set to benefit from increased retention, highly-skilled talent and a faster and smoother recruitment process.
Committed to empowering Australians to cook healthy meals with a range of all-natural seasonings, Mingle offer a range of spices and seasonings.
The business has a vision to create a unique and customer-centric retail experience and reframe the way Melbournians view cooking.
Supply Hub has created Australia’s first free, fully vertical cloud-based hospitality purchasing platform. It works to integrate three core components;
- a “one order for all suppliers” ordering portal
- a marketplace of the industry’s best suppliers
- and a contract management portal.
The platform aims to simplify processes for businesses and drive cost competitiveness for hospitality businesses in the City of Melbourne.