Intercultural Innovation = Impact


"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

We harness Australia's cultural, language and faith diversity to power the creation of innovative solutions to important social issues. We do this by incubating solutions which are created at social impact hackathons such as 

the Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon.

We do this at no charge because we want to support new ways of working to solve social issues.

What we do

Why we do it

Cultov8 is a hybrid of online and face to face enterprise development.

We use weekly online discussion webinars, match mentors and hold full day sessions including pitching for teams to come together to focus on working on their start up.

How it works

  Hackathons are awesome! People form teams, come up with great ideas in 48 hours and work them into solutions. The problem is though that there's often no after-hackathon support so ideas fall over. That's where we come in. 

We nurture ideas for 10 weeks and then help teams to find ongoing support such as formalised incubators, accelerators or even venture capital if the team and idea are ready to commercialise.

The name Cultovate is an abbreviation of two words: intercultural innovation. The term represents the fostering of growth that occurs in new businesses and the innovation that comes from diverse thinking and decision making.  

Cultov8 is an incubation process created as a landing place for solutions to social issues which are in the very early stages of ideation. 

Most incubators/accelerators/vc’s require a basic level of maturation before an idea can be pitched, yet many hackathons result in ideas only - they’re not ready for pitching and not ready for formal, structured pathways to incubation.

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.

What does 

intercultural mean?

What's a hackathon?

What's an incubator?

There are hundreds of studies and thousands of 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.

It's where people with technology backgrounds work in a room together to design solutions (hacks) for a certain issue. In the case of Cultov8's incubation process this time, the issue is how technology may facilitate smoother settlement for people arriving in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers.

The most important element of any social issues hackathon is that people with lived experience of the issue CO-DESIGN solutions to the problems they have experienced.

"Interculturalism is about explicitly recognising the value of diversity while doing everything possible to increase interaction, mixing and hybridisation between cultural communities."

Why is intercultural innovation important?

An incubator helps a new enterprise to progress its idea/product or service to become a fully fledged business.

It achieves the goal of creating viable businesses by providing mentors, access to business networks, resources, knowledge and tools.

This is Me

How do we help refugees to own their own data?


Facilitating social networks to reduce social isolation.


A one-stop information hub to assist refugees to access services regardless of their language.

Interpreter Central

A marketplace for interpreters, translators, refugees and booking organisations.

Our Melbourne Techfugees hackathon 2016 incubatees:

Tell Me Now

An app-based picture dictionary enabling refugees to communicate regardless of their literacy level or language.

2016 Techfugees Cultov8 incubatees with Philip Dalidakis (second row, left), Victorian Government Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.

If you're holding a social issues hackathon and think your teams may need a little more support before they look for formal incubation, acceleration or investment, give us a call!

Get in touch - Lynda Ford 61 414 440 483 or

Our logo creates a sense of something that is at its early formative stages, still being moulded and shaped into what it could be.

It's playful and explorative, conveys permission to experiment and promotes the value of diversity in culture, language, faith, age, discipline, experience and gender.