South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES)

An entrepreneur scheme for South Australians under 35 years.

The SAYES program can help turn your start-up business concept into a reality.

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Emilia Pirone, Goodies + Grains — 2022 South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme — or SAYES for short — is a SA State Government-subsidised program conducted by the South Australian Business Chamber for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35. 

The scheme is designed to assist young entrepreneurs to turn their business concept into a reality or help create a sustainable business model for a newly established business.

    By participating in mentoring sessions and workshops, SAYES participants gain an understanding of business fundamentals. At the completion of the program, participants will leave armed with a comprehensive, fully-formed business plan, ready to successfully launch or establish their business.

    The key to the success of this program is the ongoing support from experienced mentors and industry leaders who present comprehensive workshops, providing participants with all the essentials to launch and run a successful business.

    The course includes a graduation ceremony upon completion and opportunities to attend networking events throughout the year.

    If you’d like more information, please submit an enquiry form and a member of our staff will get back in touch with you.

    Workshop topics

    The program runs for nine months and there are 12 individual, monthly workshops of 2.5 hours each. These are held at the South Australian Business Chamber’s premises at Level 1, 136 Greenhill Road, Unley.

    The workshops are as follows:

    • Business Modelling
    • Business Plan – Getting Started
    • Law for Start-ups
    • Sales and Customer Service
    • Marketing and Brand
    • Digital Marketing, Media and PR
    • Finance – How to make sense of your Financials
    • Human Resources for SME’s
    • Digital Strategy – Digital Engagement
    • Business Plan Group Workshop
    • Leadership and Entrepreneurial Thinking

      Dedicated mentor

      In addition to workshops, participants are allocated their own dedicated mentor who will nurture and guide participants throughout the program with monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions.

      Eligibility criteria

      To be eligible for the SAYES program, you must be:

      • A resident of South Australia;
      • Aged 18 to 35 years at the time of application; and
      • Ready to kick start your business or business idea 

      Please note that we also have the Encore entrepreneur program for applicants over the age of 35.

      There is a cost for the program of $1,850 including GST per person. Payment options are available. 

      Participants will be required to complete an online application and attend an interview. Expressions of interest for our next course intake are now open.

      If you would like to speak to somebody about the program, please complete an online enquiry form and one of our staff will get back in touch with you.

      Emilia Pirone, Goodies & Grains, and South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022

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      Our entrepreneur programs

      Business Fundamentals Program

      South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES)

      Encore Program

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      The South Australian Business Chamber

      Enquire about the SAYES entrepreneur scheme

      Submit the enquiry form and one of our staff will get in touch with you.

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