Ecommerce Catalyst Program
Ecommerce Catalyst Program

Ecommerce Catalyst Program

  • Free - IBA Funded Program
  • For First Nations Businesses Australia-Wide

Program Overview

Our Ecommerce Catalyst Program is a small group online program to empower Indigenous small business owners to build and manage their own Shopify ecommerce store through considered, hands-on training in a live group environment. This training is a blended experience where we work with participants to build their ecommerce store in real-time. Between each live session, participants will continue with scaffolded tasks to practise and cement learned skills, and engage in 1-1 mentoring with the trainers (Carmel and Adam). Each live session is recorded and made available for participants to re-watch at any time.

Program Inclusions

  • The support of 2 expert ecommerce trainers (Carmel and Adam)
  • Weekly 90-minute live group training session
  • Weekly 30-minute 1-1 online mentoring session for each business
  • Access to a private training group / resource repository for participants
  • Ongoing access to recorded training sessions
  • Customised handouts/documentation
  • 3 hours of 1-1 support for each business to be used at a time of their choosing in the 3 months following the launch of their online store
  • 12 months - Shopify basic plan subscription
  • 12 months - Canva professional plan subscription

Program Cost

This program is be 100% funded by Indigenous Business Australia so it comes at no cost to participants.

How to apply

As each cohort will be limited to 6 businesses, the application process is as follows:

  • February 17, 2023 – Applications for cohort 2 (via the Google form) close 
  • February 20, 2023 – All applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview
  • February 20 - 24 2023 – 1-1 Interviews to occur, places in the program to be offered
  • Week of March 6, 2023 – Cohort 3 commences

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Working with Empower Digital was seamless and efficient. Within just 2 sessions of about 4 hours Uprising received the training we needed to build our website. We are grateful to Adam at Empower Digital for empowering us to do it ourselves!! 

Milima May
Uprising of the People

Thank you so much Adam and Carmel for your expertise and professional manner in making our website a reality. You were always so patient and helpful- it was an absolute pleasure to work with you.

Sue Hynes
Hynes Newsagency Warwick

In every instance I felt respected and encouraged and every question I had was always addressed honestly and professionally, no detail was too small. Adam’s wealth of knowledge is to be admired and I highly recommend him and Carmel and the excellent Empower Digital.

Simone Thomson
Simone Thomson Art

Adam's tutelage gave me the necessary skills that I required to develop my online business: skills that included setting up a domain platform, a business email, establishing a Shopify account and the complete and total development of my website.

Lindsay Heit
Notable Change Numismatics

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