"After thinking about it for years, 

I actually started my business in one weekend!"

Maria, Dandenong

Working hard in Werribee

Getting ready for pitches in Footscray

Our pitchers and team in West Heidelberg.


1. Attend a free Cultov8 business start        up weekend in either Geelong or            Mildura

2. Come by yourself or with your team

3. Work on an idea or your business

4. Learn skills to build your business

5. Pitch your idea or business

1. Join the free Cultov8 12 week pre-           accelerator which is a mix of face to         face and online training

2. Work on and test your business

3. Access free coaches and mentors 

4. Pitch your idea

5. Start or grow your business!

To participate, you need to be:

  • aged 18 years or over
  • living in Victoria

All Cultov8 programs are FREE thanks to LaunchVic funding.

Our Melbourne-based Business Startup Weekends have finished for 2019 but we will be holding Startup weekends in:

Mildura 12-13 October (Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-3.30pm) 

Geelong 12-13 October (from 9am - 5pm both days)

Yes that's right! For the first time ever, we will be having both events in different locations on the same weekend! We're excited!



Places are limited. Book your spot now.



Thank you and the Cultov8 team for delivering such an engaging program over the weekend. It has been an intense and thought provoking experience to say the least.  Amona, Broadmeadows

Thank you for this amazing weekend, it was stunning to have the opportunity to present my business to people from different backgrounds and have important feedback to improve my business. Daniel, Broadmeadows

What people said in 2018 and 2019

Thanks for the motivational Cultov8 workshop last weekend. Ibrahim, Broadmeadows

Thank you once again for organising such a useful and an insightful training for us. I really enjoyed learning many new things, and benefited from all your support team in the last two days workshop.  Deedar, Dandenong

Thanks for putting together and organizing the Business Startup Weekend. It was incredibly insightful. Kelvin, Dandenong

...It was an excellent way to understand my customer base and I found the business model really useful. It was also lovely to connect with such a diverse group of people, and hear their ideas. 

Alison, Shepparton

Thank you so much for organising and hosting the Business Start up Weekend. It was extremely insightful and I loved that the format was so focussed. 

Nicola, Werribee

Thank you very much for all the support from you and the team at Cultov8. It was very helpful to get a clear vision about the business. Deepthi, Werribee

Thanks a lot. It's been an engaging and impactful weekend.

Yunus, Werribee

I am so grateful to have been involved in the Cultov8 Program this weekend.

Anthea, West Heidelberg

Thanks for the opportunity you have made to reach other people with the same goal in life - to succeed! Joey, Braybrook

Thanking you and your team for a very informative and inspiring weekend. Yeeman, Braybrook

It was two days of fun at the Cultov8 in Braybook over the weekend.

John, Braybrook

I would like to express my gratitude again for this awesome mentoring program.

This is indeed a great great help for entrepreneurs like us who want to achieve something but confused about guidance and pathways. The help I have received is beyond my imagination. Keep it up and keep on brightening others' lives with your brilliant knowledge and guidance. Sadaf, Werribee

What's a business start up weekend?

It's where people who want to start a business - or people who already have one but want to expand it - can come along and spend from Saturday morning until Sunday lunch time working on it. On Sunday afternoon you'll have the opportunity to 'pitch' your idea or business to a panel of judges who will give you feedback.

Over the weekend you will have support from business coaches, web and app developers and people with game development, multimedia and social media skills. 

They will help you to develop or improve your skills so you can create or better manage your business.

What's a pre-accelerator program?

A pre-accelerator program helps people with new ideas or existing businesses to focus on developing their idea or understanding more about their existing business. 

The Cultov8 pre-accelerator is 12 weeks long. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

The Cultov8 pre-accelerator program will support you with mentors, business coaches, technology developers,  business networks, resources, knowledge and tools.

We want to help you create the business you've always dreamed about. 

Cultov8 is committed to encouraging more young women to become involved in technology.

Over the free and fun Business Startup Weekends, you will:

- come up with business ideas if you don't already have one

- design and develop a business idea if you have one

- look deeply into your existing business if you already have a business

- develop a free website

- 'pitch' your idea to a panel of judges

- have help from qualified and experienced business coaches and technology mentors

Our focus is for you to learn skills in:

- technology - web sites or app development 

- building a business

- entrepreneurship that you can use throughout your life.

Why you should come to a Cultov8  Startup Weekend

Dandenong Business Startup Weekend 2018

Broadmeadows Business Startup Weekend 2018

Sunshine Business Startup Weekend 2018

This is what we did in 2018!

This is what we've done so far in 2019!

Our Team

Enterprise Facilitator: Sam Haouchar

Cel's background is in business development, project and operations management, tech and entrepreneurship in Australia, Ghana, Singapore and Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochem), MBA (Marketing), Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Advanced), and CBAP.

Bradley is the CEO of C-Collective, a service which supports young people who have experienced childhood trauma. We have partnered with C-Collective to deliver Cultov8.

Lynda is an Intercultural Cities Expert with the Council of Europe. She has successfully managed a number of business start up weekends and youth entrepreneurship programs and is co-founder of a Melbourne-based start up. She has a Bachelor of Social Science and Masters degree in Criminology.

Sam has had a very diverse career in logistics, project management, business management and consulting. She has a BA (Psych), MBA and Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Entrepreneur Support: Bradley Foote

Project Manager: Lynda Ford

From Mexico, Carlos is a lawyer, teacher and startup founder. He has developed a number of solutions across diverse industries. He has a Bachelor of Law, MBA and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

Loreena is a retail marketing specialist who has more than 25 years experience across everything from start- ups, SME’s and one of Australia’s most loved brands, Snooze. Loreena has a Bachelor of Business from QUT.

 Enterprise Facilitator:  Celestine Amoako-Boateng

Our Support Crew

Our Support Crew are the ones with on-the-ground tech skills. All are under 30 and currently own their own businesses or work in the area of entrepreneurship.

Multimedia and social media: 

Zoe Hollingsworth

App development: Prenny Abraham

Prenny has been involved in numerous startups over the last few years - from coconut water to app/tech startups. He even has his own line of beard care products. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a masters in Design and an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit.

Web developer: Abhiram Wuntukul

Abhiram is a software professional with more than 12 years of IT experience in Web Development. He holds an International MBA in Leadership and Entrepreneurship and an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication. He has also been pat of a Healthcare startup.

Hi I'm Bronson. I'm a game developer philosopher and historian. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Games and Interactivity, and a minor in Computer Science at Swinburne University. 

I try to take an open minded balanced approach to life. I love critical thought culture and art.

Game developer: Bronson Walker

Zoe is the owner of Zebrafish Digital Media, a full service video marketing production company based in Geelong producing high quality original video content. Zoe has Advanced Diplomas in Screen,  Media and Business.

Asha runs Startup school and hackathons at VU Hanger. She is also a program manager at Western BACE. She participated in the European Innovation Academy tech accelerator. Asha holds a degree in Business Management and Innovation and Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

StartUp Entrepreneurship: Asha Reech

Nadine is a hackathon mastermind, having attended, organised and facilitated hackathons in Australia and internationally. She's now launching her startup GiftSkout, which tells you what to buy when you're stumped for thoughtful gift ideas.

Software Programmer: Nadine Saadi

Anthony is the founder of AttentionMedia, a regionally based digital marketing agency, helping regional businesses and entrepreneurs turn their business into an iconic brand! He is passionate about  business and entrepreneurship. 

StartUp Entrepreneurship: Anthony Murphy

Web developer: Mehak Sheikh

Mehak is a Psychology Honours student-researcher graduate, with an interest in the role of education in acculturation and the director of U-Learn, an intercultural, emerging facilitators network and bureau. She is a specialist in Wix web development.


DANDENONG             3 - 4 March 2018

BROADMEADOWS    17-18 February 2018

SUNSHINE                24-25 February 2018

BALLARAT                  7 - 8  July 2018

SHEPPARTON           14-15  July 2018

In 2018 we held Startup Weekends in:

MELBOURNE            March-May 2018

BENDIGO                August - November 2018

In 2018 we held Pre-accelerator progams in:

Shepparton Business Startup Weekend, July 2018

FOOTSCRAY    2-3 March 2018

In 2019 we held Startup Weekends in:

WEST HEIDELBERG    8-9 March 2018

WERRIBEE  16-17 March 2018

Our Melbourne 12 week pre-accelerator program started 23 March and finished 1 June.

We will be holding a 12 week pre-accelerator program in September in Geelong and Mildura for people who have attended a Cultov8 business startup weekend in those two locations.

Our next weekends are in Geelong and Mildura on 12-13 October. Please register here.

What we do

Why we do it

How it works

We work with people from diverse cultural, language and faith backgrounds to assist them to develop their own businesses in Australia. 

We do this by offering a range of business support weekend workshops, skills, networks and accelerator programs that intend to create or develop viable businesses.

We assist people to know what the next stepa are with their idea or business; how to 'pitch' their business; and introduce them to investors who may want to provide them with start up capital if they are ready for investment.

For many years, we have worked with people who were born overseas and many more years in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation.

We want to assist people to create the business they have always dreamed about so they can start a new life in Australia.

By bringing together our skills in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and business-building, we are passionate and committed to assisting people to achieve their dreams for a prosperous, happy and successful life in Australia.

Cultov8 is a blend of business start up weekends which are followed by a 12 week business accelerator program for people who want to continue to develop their business. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (below) for more information.

Over the weekend we assist people to create their business idea or to better understand the business they have. We look at getting customers, business revenue and costs, getting a product to market, partnerships that might strengthen your business and the value of your business to others.

The name Cultov8 is an abbreviation of two words: intercultural innovation. The term represents the creation of relationships between people from different cultural, language and faith backgrounds; the fostering of growth that occurs in new businesses; and the innovation that comes from diverse thinking and decision making.  

When people know others outside their own cultural, faith or language backgrounds, create innovative solutions to solve problems together and understand each other better, we believe Australia will be stronger as a society. That's why we work interculturally.  

What does intercultural actually


There are many studies and reports which demonstrate that bringing cultural diversity to the table is critical to creating innovative solutions to problems. 

We actively support the formation of teams with members from different language, cultural and faith backgrounds to see a problem from multiple perspectives - the more diverse the team, the more perspectives there are to contribute to a better solution.

There are a number of definitions for the term interculturalism but the one we use is by Lynda Ford:

At every opportunity, the intentional bringing together of people from diverse cultural, language and faith backgrounds which result in meaningful interactions which help people to:

- reduce fear

- increase understanding

- engage in conversations

- share experiences

- create new ideas and businesses

For more info about interculturalism and how important it is for our future, see the awesome work the Council of Europe is doing via its Intercultural Cities Programme.

Why is intercultural innovation important?


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hold 10 weekend business start up weekends

4 x 12 week 



for 300 

18-30 year olds 

across Victoria,


over 2 years

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