"The more your network includes people from different cultural backgrounds, the more you will be creatively stimulated 

by different ideas and perspectives."

Roy Y. J. Chua


1. Attend a free Cultov8 business start        up weekend

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 



DANDENONG             3 - 4 March 2018


BROADMEADOWS    17-18 February 2018

SUNSHINE                24-25 February 2018

1. Join the free Cultov8 pre-accelerator 

2. Work on and test your startup

3. Access free coaches and mentors 

4. Pitch your idea

5. Start your business!

BALLARAT                  7 - 8  July 2018


SHEPPARTON           14-15  July 2018


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. The first pre-accelerator program starts on 10 March in Melbourne CBD. 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.

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 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

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

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

What people are saying

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

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: Sam Haouchar

Project Manager: Lynda Ford

Our Team

Cel's background is in business development,  operations management, tech and entrepreneurship in Ghana and Malaysia. He has a Bachelor of Science (Biochem), MBA and is finishing his Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne.

Entrepreneur Support: Bradley Foote

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.

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. 

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.

 Enterprise Facilitator:  Celestine Amoako-Boateng

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.

Game developer: Bronson Walker

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.

Multimedia and social media: 

Zoe Hollingsworth

Our Support Crew

App development: Prenny Abraham

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.

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.

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. 

Web developer: Abhiram Wuntukul

StartUp Entrepreneurship: Asha Reech


BALLARAT                  7 - 8  July 2018

DANDENONG             3 - 4 March 2018

SUNSHINE                24-25 February 2018

BROADMEADOWS    17-18 February 2018

SHEPPARTON           14-15  July 2018

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.

What we do

Why we do it

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.

How it works

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.

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.  

Frequently asked questions:

What happens at a business start up weekend?

A business start up weekend is a once-off event which is run from Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Business start up weekends are where people with an idea for a business or who already have a business, spend time working on the building the business. The idea or business could be in any industry – fashion, technology, hospitality, agricultural, medical, education. Our focus is helping you to gain skills in technology to assist your business to come to life. The type of business is up to you.

From Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon, you will meet other people,  have support from professional business coaches (we call them Enterprise Facilitators) our experienced technology Support Crew, eat good food, have fun and pitch sessions where you tell other people about your idea. 

The format for the business start up weekend will take you through every step of the process to come up with an idea and get it ready to become a business.


What happens next?

Ideas and teams that come out of the business start up weekend can, if you want to, go into a twelve week accelerator program. 

Teams or individuals involved in the Cultov8 accelerator will have free coaching by experienced entrepreneurs, free mentoring by experienced people involved in marketing, financial management, technology, branding and other services to help your business start up.

If you couldn't attend a business start up weekend, were born overseas and you already have a business but want some help with it, you are welcome to attend the Cultov8 accelerator.

What is an accelerator program? How long will it run for? 

An accelerator program helps new businesses to get prepared for success. 

Over 12 weeks our Cultov8 accelerator will work with teams from Cultov8 business start up weekend to consolidate and progress your idea, product or service to become attractive to further formal incubation, acceleration or investment. 

The Cultov8 accelerator will provide Enterprise Facilitators, mentors, access to business networks, resources, knowledge and tools – all for free! 

What commitment is required? 

Business start up weekend 

Each Cultov8 business start up weekend will be held from Saturday 9.00 to 5.00 and Sunday 9.00 to 5.00. 

You are able to come along by yourself or with a team (each person needs to register separately) or to form a team with others. 

They’re fun and really interesting to be involved with as you’ll learn how to come up with ideas, how to make sure your idea will have customers and how you can create a business from your idea. If you have a business already, you will have the time to look deeply into your business to You will also learn skills such as how to develop a website or app. 

 If you want to turn your idea into a business or focus more deeply on your existing business,  you can join the Cultov8 accelerator. 


The Cultov8 accelerator will need you to commit to:

- 3 x 1 day sessions held on Saturdays. The one day sessions are held in the first week, 6th week and 12th week of the program.

- weekly skype meetings for 1 hour with the Enterprise Facilitator and other teams to work through an online video series called, "How to build a start up."

- every second month, a 1.5 hour business coaching session with your Enterprise Facilitator to work on the progress of your business.

- depending on what you need, you will be matched with a mentor who has business experience. You may only meet with them once or you may meet with them weekly - it will depend on your businesses' needs and the time that you and your mentor have available.

If I complete Cultov8 where will it lead? 

The business start up weekends are a weekend for coming up with ideas or working on your business. If you decided you don’t want to continue on to turn your idea into a business, then no further involvement is needed by you. 

You will have had a great weekend, been well fed, met interesting people and learned a range of new skills and ideas. 

We want every team from the Cultov8 accelerator to be successful so that's why we've developed the accelerator program.

We will use our networks to help you, by the end of the 12 weeks, access longer term business incubator or accelerator programs. 

If your idea or business is ready for investment, we will introduce you to investors. 

Is there a financial commitment I need to make? 

No. Thanks to funding by LaunchVic and Enterprising Partnerships, all business start up weekends and accelerator programs are free. 

Can I catch public transport? 

We always use venues that are accessible by public transport.  Once you have registered, will let you know the location. 

The venue will also be accessible to people who are in wheelchairs or have walking frames. 

What about food or places to worship? 

All food will be halal and a range of dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free will be taken into account when we arrange catering. 

We will have a prayer room available. 

Is there adult supervision?

Yes there is adult supervision. There will be at least 4 Cultov8 team members in the room at any time supervising participants. 

As a parent or guardian, you are also welcome to attend at any time. 

Parents are always welcome to ring us on 0423 496 667 (Celestine) or 0414 440 483 (Lynda). 

What if I can’t attend a weekend? 

You need to be able to attend the whole business start up weekend from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. 

However, if you already have a business and you were born overseas, you are welcome to join the Cultov8 accelerator program from the first week of the program.

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BALLARAT                  7 - 8  July 2018

DANDENONG             3 - 4 March 2018

SUNSHINE                24-25 February 2018

BROADMEADOWS    17-18 February 2018

SHEPPARTON           14-15  July 2018

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

Why is intercultural innovation important?

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.


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18-30 year old first generation Australians (born overseas)

We are delighted to announce that LaunchVic has funded Cultov8 for the next two years to:

4 x 12 week 



across Victoria,


hold 10 weekend business start up weekends

over 2 years

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