Designed to build the capacity of early stage social ventures through the development of robust and tested business plans, professional mentoring and small grant funding, Kickstarter awards 6 x $10,000 grants annually (across two rounds) to eligible social enterprises as part of a two-stage process:
· An initial application and 3–5 minute pitch in person to a judging panel; and
· A 12-week business plan development phase involving mentor support by a small team of Macquarie directors.
In 2017, Kick Starter will include two rounds (Round 1: February – July and Round 2: June – December). Each round will consist of 12 finalists who will be mentored through the production and submission of their business plan, each round awarding only 3 x$10,000 grants.