Turn your passion into a business!

Get the knowledge, guidance, and support that you need to launch your own digital business. Enter your details below to find out more. Open to young people based in Victoria aged 18-25

No cost to participate – valued at $5000+

Ongoing support and mentorship

Supported by the Victorian Government

Is this for me? 

Are you aged 18-25 and want to start a side hustle or go all in on a digital business? We've created Digital Boss to help you learn how to develop a business model, create an MVP (minimum viable product), find your first customers, and bring your digital product or service to life.

So, what kind of digital skills are we talking about? It could be anything from photography, graphic design, content creation, videography (including TikTok), social media management, web development, drone pilots, or something else entirely. As long as your idea will use technology in some way then you can apply. 

In the program, you'll join an exclusive cohort of up to 40 aspiring entrepreneurs and be guided by our team of experienced facilitators and mentors. Plus, you can take part in the in-person deep dives, fortnightly virtual workshops, and access e-learning resources to support you during the 10-month program (valued at $5k per person).

Digital Boss is for individuals and teams, so if that sounds like you make sure to submit an application by Monday 31 October to take part!

 

Check out some of the modules we'll go through during the program:

1

Establish Your Business

Intro to entrepreneurship

Market research

Customer personas

Business modelling

Pricing & branding

2

Create an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

Creating your website

Finding your first customer

Creating sales proposals

Project management

Social media strategy

3

Launch

Financial management

Developing case studies

PR & Media

Marketing campaigns

Implementation

4

Mature & Grow

Presenting to the client

Investment strategies

Revisiting the business model

Positioning the business

Team dynamics & performance

 

How much time should I Invest?

To make the most of this opportunity we recommend you allow around 4 hours a fortnight to complete the learning modules and join the virtual sessions. We'll also be kicking off the program with a 2-day sprint workshop in Melbourne to help you get the best start with your ideas and meet your cohort and facilitators in person. You'll also join our Slack community so you can connect with the cohort and your facilitators over the 10-months.

If you're not sure about applying or have any questions please get in touch with our team if you have any questions here: hello@youngchangeagents.com.


But, wait, I'm actually located in a regional or remote area?

Don't worry, we've got you covered, and want to make it as easy as possible for those who may need to travel far and wide to attend the in-person parts of the program (only 4 days in total). To help with this we're offering travel scholarships to help you cover travel and accommodation costs to make it there without a worry. Get in touch with us to learn more by emailing hello@youngchangeagents.com.

Digital Boss is supported by the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

"My first introduction to the process of design thinking was with Young Change Agents as I learnt how to start my own business, this has given me a completely new perspective of what I can achieve in my career and life more broadly."

Nikki Moore
Co-Founder of Best Bark

Best Bark is an app that provides dog sitting and walking services to increase people's sense of companionship and wellbeing.

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Program Structure

Online modules + face-to-face workshops + fortnightly virtual meetings

The program will begin with a 2-day sprint workshop (in-person) where you'll get to meet your facilitators and the rest of the cohort. Then, we'll operate on a fortnightly rhythm with discussions and activities around the focus topic from the online modules for that fortnight. These online sessions are an opportunity to deepen your understanding and get feedback and guidance on your business and then start implementing them.

  • 2 Day Sprint Workshop (in-person) | 19th - 20th November (Melbourne)
     
  • Fortnightly Virtual Workshops (2 hours per fortnight) with a break over Christmas and New Year
     
  • 1:1 mentoring and drop in office hours with your facilitators and mentors
     
  • Slack community to connect with the cohort, facilitators and mentors
     
  • 2 Day Sprint & Showcase (in-person) | 1st - 2nd April 2023

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should apply?
  • You should be 18-25 years old at the start of the program, and must be based in Victoria.
  • You might be interested in starting your own business or side hustle.
  • You might want to learn more about business, technology, and entrepreneurship.
  • You can apply as an individual or team.
  • Young people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
What is the time commitment and where will it take place?

You should allow around 4 hours per fortnight to complete the online modules and participate in the virtual meetings. You'll also join 4 days of face-to-face workshops. To make the most of this opportunity you should allow more time each week to work on your business if needed.

Key dates:

  • 2 Day face-to-face workshop 1: 19-20 November 2022.
  • 2 Day face-to-face workshop 2: 1-2 April 2023.
  • Approx. 30 hours of virtual workshops (delivered as fortnightly 2-hour workshops).
  • 1:1 mentoring and optional drop-in support sessions.
How much does it cost to participate?

There is no cost to be involved in the program however we'll be accepting only the top 40 applications, so make sure to apply asap. The program is valued at $5000+ per participant, and is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and Young Change Agents. We also have funding available if you need support to travel to the in-person workshops if you live in a regional/rural area of Victoria you can apply for this funding to cover your accommodation and transport costs.

What are the key dates for the program?
  • Program Starts: 19 November 2022.
  • Fortnightly online sessions on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Program Finishes: 6 September 2023.
What are the selection criteria?

The application form provides clear guidance on what we are looking for in response to each question. Each application will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Passion.
  • Digital interest or curiosity.
  • Perseverance.
  • Growth mindset.

Digital Boss is designed to support young people aged 18-25 in Victoria to establish their own digital service.

Delivered through a blend of face-to-face and online workshops, the program will enable 40 participants from diverse backgrounds to develop the skills and networks they need to create their own pathways to economic inclusion and independence.

Open to young people aged 18-25

Based in Victoria and supported by the Victorian Government

No cost to participate - valued at $5000+

Ongoing support and mentorship over 12 months

Apply now!

Got questions?

Send our team an email at hello@youngchangeagents.com and we'll get back to your questions as soon as we can!