We pride ourselves on our practical and grounded approach, based on an intimate understanding of small business and business development, the range of programs and strategies that can be used and how adaptation works in a range of different cultures and business environments. We are not just consultants but are practitioners, who develop and manage business incubators, accelerators and other business support services.
We work closely with Governments, local economic development bodies and international agencies to develop and implement economic development programs and also provide direct support to entrepreneurs. We specialize in business incubation and acceleration, entrepreneurship development, business development and business advisory services, improving the business environment, employment strategies and small business research. We provide support for entrepreneurs, capacity building, training (including the World Bank’s 12 module incubator manager training program and business counselling and business facilitation training), training of trainers for business incubator management, feasibility and business planning, monitoring and evaluation, commercialization assessments, ecosystem mapping, all the tools required to develop and manage business incubators, seed accelerators and business advisory services, angel investor and mentor development, organisational development and government policy development.
- Workshop for the Australian National executive of Small Business Agencies (NESBA) on government support programs and how to achieve better and more targeted outcomes with limited resources.
- Writing and publishing Incubation Works: Case Studies for Australian Small Business Incubators and their impact, for the Australia New Zealand Association of Business Incubators and AusIndustry
- Formation of Epicorp Ltd as a high technology venture capital linked ICT Incubation framework for the ACT. CREEDA led the consortium comprising the Australian National University, CSIRO and the University of Canberra that now owns EPIcorp Ltd. CREEDA’s feasibility study and business plan for this incubator and subsequent bid led to Epicorp receiving $8million form the Commonwealth’s Building IT Strengths (BITS) Program for the establishment of the incubator.
- Development of a bio – science technology incubator in Palmerston North City Council and Massey University.
- A toolkit for employment and enterprise development for use by practitioners involved in local economic development.
- Development of employment strategies and business plans for ACCs Regional Development Bodies in Australian the Northern Territory, South Australia, the ACT and Queensland.
- A national project for the Australian Government to trial Support models to Assist New Apprenticeships Completions.
- Pioneering studies for the Australian Government looking into the potential for what are being called “incubators without walls” – extending the quality and level of support to businesses which are not located in the same building. As a part of this we have investigated how electronic communication technology can be used to link people in remote areas and enhance the provision of business support services.
- A personal and business- self assessment and information kit, Good Business of Just a Good Idea, Business Self Assessment and Information Kit, has been developed for indigenous people on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and is now used throughout Australia. This has been used with all indigenous business aspirants for the past 5 years.
- Research into home based businesses. CREEDA Projects has undertaken pioneering research and data analysis into this sector with the largest survey to date of home based businesses and the publication of the report From Backyarders to Front Runners for the Australian Government (Department of Employment Workplace Relations and Small Business)
- Development and delivery of the Springboard Small Business Growth Program, based on adult learning principles and involving facilitated peer – to – peer processes. This has been delivered throughout Australia.
- Small Town renewal pilot project for the IMB Community Foundation in Narooma, NSW in 2003. The pilot drew together a small town renewal workshop, the Springboard Small Business Growth Program and the Positive Choices Leadership Program and was astoundingly successful. The IMB Community Foundation has requested a second project in SE NSW this year.
- Capacity building for Qatar Science and Technology Park, with BDO Qatar (2015). Capacity building for the QSTP accelerator and incubator.
- Finnish Innovation Partnership Program (Vietnam) (2015), evaluation of business incubation and related ecosystem proposals for NIRAS Finland.
- Youth Employment Strategy Issues Paper for UAE (2015), for Ministry of Youth and Culture UAE, involving literature review and consultations throughout the UAE.
- Development and management of Saudi Arabia’s first business incubator, BADIR-ICT, (2007 – 2010), for King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), which was then transitioned to local management. This led to a long term contract with KACST, to support the BADIR Program, www.badir.com.sa, its work leading development of business incubators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and technology entrepreneurship more generally and CREEDA Projects resident consultant continues to live in Riyadh full time, supported by a team of visiting experts. CREEDA Projects developed the Kingdom’s incubation policy also.
- Development of a National Technology Business Incubation Policy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2008 to 2009
- Development of a national Technology Incubation Policy, incorporating certification and monitoring and evaluation for King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
- Consulting support to BADIR Program, 2010 to present
- Supporting the BADIR Program in Saudi Arabia, including National KACST Technology Business Incubators (ICT, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Nanotechnology), Capacity building for technology incubators in Saudi Arabia and policy development.
- Mentoring and supporting the development of Al-Jubail Mixed Use Incubator (2009-2010)
- Supporting, coaching and mentoring the development of the Al-Jubail business incubator for the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Business planning for Qatar Business Incubator (2013-14), the largest mixed sue incubator in the Middle East, for Qatar Development Bank and Qatar Social Development Centre
- Development of business incubation in Oman (2011 to 2013) – consortium member with UKBI and Coventry University
- Development of Technology Incubation in Oman, including establishment of an ICT incubator, a policy framework and training.
- Business incubation Framework, St Lucia (2010)
- Development of a business incubation framework for St Lucia including a feasibility study and associated policy development.
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Chilean Business incubators, 2009, 2010
- Developing, piloting and implementing a monitoring and evaluation framework for Chile’s 29 business incubators to drive continuous improvement.
- Feasibility study for a Women’s Business Incubator in Vanuatu, 2009
- Feasibility study for a women’s business incubator in Vanuatu, for AusAid, which concluded a women’s business support service is more appropriate
- Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation System for Mexican Business Incubators, 2008 to 2009
- Development of a monitoring and evaluation methodology for the Mexican Government to drive better practices and improvement in Mexico’s business incubators
- Fran Bailey the previous minister for Small Business announced Round 3 of the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business (BESB) for training and mentoring projects which we were successful in obtaining to run our ‘Springboard to Small Business Success’ project and this will take place early next year 2008. To see if the Springboard Business Development Program is running in your area click on the link below www.springboardbusiness.com.au or contact us for more information.
- CREEDA Projects is in the 2nd year of a 3 year longitudinal research project for WorkCover NSW. The study looks at the awareness levels and behaviors of small businesses (less than 20 employees) regarding workplace OH+S. The results will inform WorkCover NSW of the efficacy of its small business interventions and improve its engagement with small business at varying stages in their lifecycles, with the overall aim of promoting a higher level of understanding of issues and compliance with OH+S legislation among small businesses.
- CREEDA Projects was contacted by Peter Farr Consultants to help in a feasibility study for the City of Wanneroo. Stage one included the development of a strategy for the provision of business incubation services within the city of Waneroo which has recently been completed. Stage 1 involved consultation with stakeholders and key informants, along with a survey of small / micro business in the City of Wanneroo region to test the level of demand for such a service. Stage 2 looked in more detail at the Governance Model, the Service Delivery Model, the Financial Projections, and the Plan for Implementation.
- Strategic, Policy and Operational Support to the BADIR Program for Technology Incubation. Saudi Arabia, 2010 to 2015
- CREEDA Projects is providing consultancy services to support the development and management of Saudi Arabia’s technology business incubation industry for King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). A project designed to provide a range of strategic, policy and management support services to BADIR which is KACST’s national technology incubation support organization. The BADIR program currently has two operational national incubators (ICT and Bio-technology) with three other national incubators in various stages of development (Advanced Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Energy). The intention of KACST is, through BADIR, to support the establishment of at least 10 regional university technology incubators as well as other incubators through BADIR’s role in initiating and facilitating the Saudi Business Incubator Network (SBIN).This is a 5 year project.
- Development and management of BADIR-ICT and Bio Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2008 to 2010
- CREEDA Projects is undertaking in the development and management of Saudi Arabia’s first technology business incubators (ICT and Biotechnology) for King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). A project designed to provide effective management for all functions of an ICT Incubator (BADIR). These include coordination of shared services and use of facilities, provision of business advice and assistance to member companies, recruitment and facilitation of the involvement of business mentors, client selection and graduation process, monitoring and evaluation of incubators and member companies’ performance and reporting on program operations and activities.This is a 2 year project.
- Work with the World Banks Incubator Initiative (infoDev)
- World Bank’s infoDev Program – currently Incubator Initiative Asia Regional Facilitator
- A number of short term contracts to support the infoDev (Information for Development Program) incubator initiative, including: mid term review, Monitoring Evaluation and Impact Assessment (MEIA), development of Toolkit for Incubation on Small Island States (SIDS), resource person and technical advisor. Currently engaged as a consultant to the infoDev Incubator Initiative as the Asia Regional Facilitator.
- Technical Advisor to the World Bank’s infoDev Incubator Initiative, December 2004 to present
- Advisor and resource person to the infoDev Incubator Initiative administered by the World Bank. InfoDev seeks to learn lessons about innovation and entrepreneurship through support for 52 grantees in developing countries and by improving their performance. Of particular importance is learning lessons about how incubation and innovation and entrepreneurship support can be used to impact on poverty alleviation, the business environment and entrepreneurship.
- Monitoring and Evaluation Assessment of the World Bank’s infoDev Incubator Initiative.
- Monitoring Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the World Bank’s infoDev Incubator initiative (www.infoDev.org ) in consortia with the OTF Group (USA), Louise Walker Consulting (Canada), UK Business Incubation (2006). This involved site interviews with 51 organisation in 45 countries, development of 10 case studies, a monitoring and evaluation report and a final report. CREEDA projects was responsible for field work in Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe and Africa, the initial report and helping capture the lessons and impact and with the final report.
- Helping the New Zealand Government develop and implement its incubation strategy and program, including annual assessment of funding requests and interviews with applicants and capability building workshops and advice (NZ Department of Trade and Enterprise, www.nzte.govt.nz (2000 to present))
- Review of Jamaican Technology Innovation Centre (2006 and 2007)
- Training for development of business incubation in the Pacific for University of the South Pacific and Pacific Islands Secretariat (2006)
- Planning and development for the Persian Gulf Business Development Centre, Iran (2004 to 2007)
CREEDA Projects has developed products to help home based, micro and small business grow, to foster better team work (better productivity) and a leadership program. We have an innovative small town renewal program and materials to run your own business incubator. If you would like to use our products we ask that you simply acknowledge us.
- Small Town Renewal Project
- The Planets
- Positive Choices
- Springboard Business Development Program
- General Incubator Management Manual
Small Business Program
Are you growing your business? Springboard is a unique program for small business owners, designed and run by experts in business tactics. It is a group coaching program based on networking and practical problem solving – not ‘chalk and talk’ teaching or one off seminars. In 9 2-hour sessions Springboard gives you a practical foundation for growing your business in a way which is sustainable for both you and your accountant!
Consulting Clients have included: State and Local Governments, Universities, Councils, Regional Development Bodies, Area Consultative Committees (ACCs), Aid agencies, Business Enterprise Centres and National Research Institutions.
- Aborigial and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)
- Aboriginal Tourism Association (ATA)
- ACT Government
- All China Women’s Federation
- Albury Wodonga BEC
- Blacktown Regional Employment and Enterprise Development Taskforce
- Canberra Credit Union
- Capital Region Employment Council
- Centeral West NSW ACC
- Centeral Highlands Development Corporation, QLD
- Cessnock Council
- City of Onkaparinga
- China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE)
- Snowy Monaro BEC
- Dalby Wambo Enterprise Association
- Deeral Aboriginal Corporation Limited
- DEETYA Centeral, Area North Australia & Tasmanian Offices
- Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA)
- Department of Employment Workplace Relations and Small Business (DEWRSB)
- Queanbyean BEC
- East Arnhem Business Development Association
- Gippsland ACC
- GROW ACC (Sydney)
- Helvetas (Nepal)
- Hume Province Regional Development Organisation
- Isfahan University / Iranian Ministry of Science & Technology
- King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Liverpool City Coucil
- Macarthur BEC
- Manning Gloucester BEC
- Marion City Council, SA
- Maroochy Council QLD
- Massey University, New Zealand
- Merriman’s Aboriginal Corporation Limited
- Mundua Aboriginal Corporation Limited
- North Adelaide Development Board
- North West Sydeny Regional Development Organisation
- Northern Advisory Body (Perth)
- Merriman’s Aboriginal Corporation Ltd Port Adelaide BEC
- Riverland Development Corporation
- Shepparton Development Corporation
- Shoalhaven City Council
- South East Region Training & Enterprise Centre
- South Eastern Area Consultative Committee
- St George & Sutherland BEC
- Sunshine Coast ACC
- Tianjin Women’s Federation (China)
- Top End Business Development Centre Ltd
- The World Bank
- Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Council
- Torres Strait Regional Employment Committee
- Ulverstone BEC
- United Nations Development Project
- University of Canberra
- Western Port Area Consultative Committee
- Western Sydney ACC
- Western Sydney ITEC
- World Bank InfoDev Program
- Work Ventures Ltd
- Wynyard BEC