Venture Southland offers support, advice and assistance for businesses who are looking to take their operation to the next level.

Whether you are looking to increase your knowledge, improve business processes, or create a new product or service, there are a range of free services offered by Venture Southland that can help.

Training Vouchers

To assist you in growing your business, Venture Southland is able to offer vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme.  The vouchers can be used for a wide range of training courses and workshops that build management capabilities and drive success in business planning, sustainability, exporting, finance, governance and much more.

For more information, including eligibility criteria

Go to Funding Information

Business Mentor Programme

A business mentor can be invaluable support for business owners at any stage of their business journey, whether they are working through a particular challenge or looking to take their business to the next level.

Mentors involved in the Southland programme are all experienced volunteers who can share their knowledge, offer guidance and help businesses to succeed.

There is a one-off registration cost of $225. To find out more about Business MentorsGo to Business Mentors

For those who are interested in being matched with a rural business mentor, there is the rural business network to consider. For more information
Go to Rural Business Network

Support accessing research and development funding

If you have a business idea for a research and development project, Venture Southland can support you in accessing funding to make the idea a reality.

Funding is available from Callaghan Innovation to cover up to 30%-50% of the costs for projects that have technical stretch, return on investment, the capacity to deliver and a clear market pathway.

It’s important to note that R&D funding is not available retrospectively so if you have an idea to grow your business make sure you get in touch with one of our business coordinators first who can help you understand the application process.

More information on the funding available can be found here
Callaghan Innovation

Venture Southland can help you to understand the application process and put together your proposal for funding. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact 

For further information contact
Adina McDowell - Venture Southland

Adina McDowell

Business Growth Advisor
Kelly Watt - Venture Southland

Kelly Watt

Business Growth Advisor