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Hatch continues to incubate startups

28 Mar 2018

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By Kathryn Lewis

At a networking event last month, business incubator Hatch Quarter continued to provide migrant and refugee entrepreneurs with the tools to create their own startups.

Following a grant of approximately $70,000 the company received from LaunchVic last year, this was the third event hosted by Hatch Quarter to teach new entrepreneurs about government support for startups.

Held at Library at the Dock on March 13, the event was aimed at first generation migrants and refugee entrepreneurs who are new to Victoria’s startup scene.

Hatch Quarter director Aiman Hamdouna said the event, attended by around 80 people, was “fantastic” and all attendees “engaged” with the panel discussion.

The event aims to give new entrepreneurs a helping hand to get startups off the ground.

“It is difficult and expensive to start your own business, especially in a new environment if you do not know what support is out there,” Mr Hamdouna said.

“Now, the attendees can take the next step on their journey.”

The discussion panel included business consultants and experts that would normally cost hundreds of dollars for each attendee to meet with, Mr Hamdouna said.

The panel included founder of Bulletpoint, Ben Cusack, director of Prime Accounting and Business Advisory, Andrew Miles, and assistant state manager from AusIndustry, Helen Agouridis.

“There was a lot of discussion and debate, that was the most important part,” he said.

The event has “opened up opportunities” for the attendees who have gained integral information and networking contacts.

Hatch Quarter runs several networking events and meet-ups for migrant and refugee entrepreneurs. More information can be found at hatchquarter.com.au.

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