Free COVID-19 recovery advice and mentoring available


// WA startups and SMEs are eligible for FREE business advice and mentoring support, thanks to five new government-backed programs…

$490K has been allocated through the state government’s X-TEND WA program to provide support for the WA innovation sector impacted by COVID-19.

Five providers have been selected to provide business support with each having a track record in delivering business education and mentoring programs in WA.

The money has come from the New Industries Fund (which is also a sponsor of Startup News).

The five providers are all taken from the existing X-TEND WA program providers:

  • Vasse-based AgriStart, through its Regional Reboot program in seven towns throughout WA from Albany to Kununurra;
  • Atomic Sky, through its Fast Forward WA program;
  • Triangle Equity Partners, through its Triangulate Program;
  • Perth Angels, through webinars, one-on-one mentoring and links to professional services; and
  • Telethon Kids Institute, through its Digital Health-focused programs

The providers will use the funding to support innovative companies in both metropolitan and regional areas, and target all industry sectors.

Many in the local startup community will know Tash Ayers from Agristart, Peter Rossdeutscher from Atomic Sky, Greg Riebe from Triangulate Partners, and of course the Perth Angels.

Perth Angel’s Oliver Bazzani will be leading their program.

“Building community amongst WA businesses is critical in supporting founders and enterprise leaders during this extraordinary period,” Oliver said. 

“We are committed to WA’s innovation ecosystem, as they will lead the way in driving growth and economic vibrancy in our State”. 

Oliver Bazzani

More information is on the Perth Angels website.

Triangle Equity Partners (TEP) will also be providing free access to 1-on-1 mentoring from experienced industry practitioners as part of its Triangulate Program running late August through to February 2021.

The Triangulate Program has been specifically developed to help a broad range of SMEs to reposition and targeting women in business, indigenous businesses and regional businesses.

“We really want to encourage companies of all sizes, backgrounds and offerings in all areas to apply and gain access to these sessions, workshops and critical insights to help them stabilise and act,” said Principal Partner Kent Matla.

Kent Matla

TEP can provide insights in areas such as Product Growth, Export & Trade, Corporate Advisory, Intellectual Property, Legal, Business Strategy, R&D Tax Incentives. More information about the Triangulate program is on their website.

The Fast Forward program is tailored more towards the B2B industrial sector such as small manufacturing companies, providers of services or products to the mining, oil & gas, agriculture or technology sectors. They are running open online workshops on various topics (starting today), with extended mentoring. More information is on their website.

Agristart’s Regional Reboot program takes workshops around the state, in all major regional centres. More information is on their website. You can also view the Telethon Kid’s Institute digital health programs on their website.


Main Image: The Triangulate partners, left to right: Kent Matla, Dr Andrew Whitehead and Greg Riebe (all seated).