The Mill House Ventures is committed to the growth and impact of social enterprises in the Canberra region. We offer programs that support the emergence and growth of social ventures, provide access to professional services, and act as a thriving hub for changemakers to connect and grow their innovations.
The Mill House programs offer support and guidance through all stages of starting a social enterprise. From 2 hour introductory programs to our 4 month social enterprise accelerator, our programs are designed to guide emerging and existing ventures through the landscape of social enterprise.
The Mill House Ventures Clinic assists Social Ventures by pairing enterprises with students at the University of Canberra to assist in identifying and addressing problems faced by the social enterprises in the areas of marketing, digital health and more.
We ‘work out’ new and aspiring social entrepreneurs by inviting them to pitch their very early stage business and impact narrative to a panel of experienced industry professionals mentors. This session helps the entreprenuer decide ‘what’s next’ at a time when it may be unclear.
Our flagship accelerator program is based power by Social Trader. It consists of four months of intensive social enterprise business development and market validation led by experienced facilitators and mentors.
The REFINE Incubator is for established social ventures who engage Mill House for tailored business consultancy for a 3-6-month period.
Provides ‘just in time’ pro bono business advisory support to address specific enterprise challenges to sustainable enterprise growth.
The Mill House Ventures is an integral part of the wider Canberra Innovation Ecosystem. Our focus lies in fostering economic development while generating tangible and traceable public benefits. The enterprises that engage with Mill House are social enterprises, a form of hybrid between for profit and for purpose organisations – they function both as charitable endeavors and businesses operating within competitive trading markets. We use many of the tools of the lean start-up business model as we believe that these tools are useful to focus an innovator on early engagement and validation of their idea with their target market, developing minimum viable products and building knowledge and skills required to scale. We work with enterprises at any stage from idea to established and have programs tailored for anyone at any stage of their journey.
The Mill House Ventures exists to support the development and growth of a thriving social innovation ecosystem in Canberra and the region. We believe that such an ecosystem benefits when individuals are experimenting with an innovative business model called social enterprise. Social enterprises are hybrid organisations that seek to reduce their reliance on income from grants and philanthropy through the pursuit of commercial business models. Individuals that are passionate about solving problems in the community using hybrid models often face barriers to business education and investment. The Mill House Ventures programs are designed to address this market gap in business advisory services in the ACT and region. Offering a place for new ventures to thrive, Mill House clients can choose to work collaboratively through skills development initiatives in the Social Enterprise Accelerator as well as access professional services through our REFINE program and the student-led Clinic.