Pictured: Jazida – Decadance Debauchery Fabulous Fan Dancers

The Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) is excited to welcome all the social entrepreneurs taking part in the GRIST 2020 cohort. These 10 new ventures will hit the ground running through the Mill House Accelerator program, supported by SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank and CBRIN.

This will be the first virtual cohort of ambitious social entrepreneurs accelerating their Social Enterprise Business Model iteration adventure.

The Mill House Ventures was established in 2016 on the back of a demand that saw businesses and entrepreneurs identifying a social cause as their core mission and wanting to create a meaningful and sustainable impact, using trade for social innovation.

A big warm welcome to:

Ambition Co Pty Ltd

Racial minorities and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse background continue to experience significant barriers to career progression in some Australian workplaces. One factor is a lack of opportunity to develop the skills critical to networking: including developing and maintaining relationships with mentors.


Cafe Stepping Stone

Café Stepping Stone is a new vegetarian café concept that will occupy the Strathnairn Art Gallery in North Belconnen managed by Arts ACT.  The founders are serial social entrepreneurs who ran a social enterprise café in Colombia to provide work experience, training, and social inclusion opportunities for Indigenous and Afro-Columbian youth.


Initiatives for Women in Need (iWIN) & Her Kitchen Table

iWin is a community organisation that has been awarded a grant by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services to pilot Her Kitchen Table (HKT).  HKT has recruited meal artisans from vulnerable CALD migrant and communities in Canberra.  The women will be supported to gain essential training and experience in commercial food handling and preparation and then launch a cultural meal subscription service supported by an ‘uber’ style online platform.


Jazida Productions

Jazida is an established production company focusses on creating cultural performances that celebrate body diversity, LGBTQIA+.    Working with artists of all backgrounds, Jazida also provides professional development and networking opportunities for other female dancers in ‘subculture’ performance genres such as burlesque, drag, comedy, pole dancing, circus, and belly dance.


The Leadership Classroom (TLC)

TLC will provide business to business management training and consultancy using the prism of leadership.  Many organisational challenges, failures in communication and conflict can be directly linked to leadership deficits.  Leadership is not positional and can be exercised by an individual any rank or position in an organisation.  De-coupling leadership and position can result in significant organisational transformation.


Mongarlowe Gourmet

Mongarlowe Gourmet is a purveyor of sustainably grown fine foods based on locally grown truffle, vanilla bean orchids, wasabi and garlic. Mongarlowe reinvests in the Wagging Tails Community, which is a group that supports socially isolated men.


Magnolia Learning

Magnolia Learning provides creative adult learning solutions delivered in partnership with a local network of socially-minded and engaged female artists. They are keen to use this consultancy work to extend their artistic practices (mixed media, writing, music) and diversify their income.



The mission of Psychmatch is to improve mental health outcomes by improving how therapists and individuals are matched. Using the concept of the therapeutic alliance, Psychmatch predicts compatibility and allows an individual and a prospective therapist to learn more about each other before that first appointment.


Six8 Coffee Roasters

Six8 is an established and much-loved social enterprise café that operates from Trader and Co, a co-working collective of socially-minded businesses. At the heart of Six8 is a desire to link an everyday purchase to awareness of the ways unchecked capitalism leads to the exploitation of people (especially women and girls) living in poverty.


Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation/Good Pathways Enterprises

Yeddung Mura is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides wrap-around social service support to Indigenous ex-detainees as well as their families.


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