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WiRE Hubs Autumn Program

HUB DATES:  4 february 2019 - 29 April 2019




The WiRE Program will be conducting its fourth Hub Program starting in February 2019. The Hub Program is a 12 week entrepreneurial sprint that supports you to achieve ONE 'Big Rock/Goal' in your venture/business. 

Last date to apply is 7 January 2019, unless places are filled prior to this date. 

Places are limited!

This Hub Program will consist of two main facilitated Hubs Streams consisting of 20 women each. One Hub Stream is funded by The Advanced Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), to assist women in Ipswich and West Moreton (inclusive of Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley) to overcome entrepreneurial barriers and start or grow their ventures. The other Hub Stream is supported by the Queensland Government’s Advancing Women in Business Initiative to support women in rural, regional and remote enterprises across Queensland in developing their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from women in rural, regional and remote enterprises across rural, regional and remote Queensland, but especially encourage women in Ipswich and West Moreton (inclusive of Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley) to apply since one of the Hub Streams is supported by The Advanced Regional Innovation Program (ARIP). However places are limited, so get your application in ASAP!

Why join the WiRE Hub Program?

We believe women ANYWHERE are capable of achieving ANYTHING.

Following the success of the first three Hub Programs, the WiRE Program is inviting Rural,Regional and Remote women to apply to join the WiRE Hubs Autumn Program 2019.

Participation in a WiRE Hub is what YOU need to accomplish your #1 entrepreneurial goal in 12 weeks!

We’ve all tried holding ourselves accountable and failed. Why? We’re human and we somehow find excuses for why we don’t achieve our entrepreneurial goals.  Together with others in our Hub holding us accountable and a WiRE goal setting path, we can produce awesome results in a short time.

The WiRE Hub process you will participate in, is designed to provide you with the direction and accountability to accomplish a business or professional goal that has been elusive for far too long.  If you can commit to the WiRE Hub process, it will deliver an accomplished outcome for you.

With a clear goal, regular accountability, access to experts and advisers and the support of like-minded peers, previous WiRE Hub participants found they accomplished significant results in 12 weeks of the Program.  

The program is free, however what you will have to invest is your passion, time, determination and willingness to progress your own entrepreneurial goal and support other like-minded women.  

What is a WiRE Hub?

A WiRE Hub is a highly interactive, participatory pathway for entrepreneurial women to progress their entrepreneurial journeys. The objectives are twofold: Firstly, for participants to set an entrepreneurial intention or outcome and work actively toward this over a 12 week period whilst supported by a group of like-minded peers, mentors and coaches.  Second, to build, share and express knowledge though a process of open dialogue and deep reflection around issues or problems with a focus on goal achievement and accountability

WiRE Hubs take advantage of interactive online and social networking tools to achieve participants' entrepreneurial goals and learning in a collaborative context over distances following a specific timeline from the open to close of the Hub. The achievements of Hub participants are celebrated and showcased (with prior approval from Hub participants) at the formal conclusion of the Hub, although informal continuation of the Hub is encouraged.

During the WiRE Hub program, you will attend facilitated virtual interactive Hub sessions each week for 90 minutes at a specific time (same time every week) to work on your idea individually, with support from your peers, mentor and facilitator. With the valuable support from peers in your Hub and guidance/assistance from the Hub facilitator (and experts and mentors), you will achieve your entrepreneurial idea over a 12 week period.  Each Hub session is designed to help progress your idea/goal/project to a stage that meets your overall objective for the 12 weeks.

What is a BIG Rock/Goal

This is the big goal that you will achieve. You will need to ensure it is a worthy challenge, that will have impact and be specific, so you clearly know whether you have met your intention.

Some examples are:

  • Develop your business model and plan

  • Developing a minimum viable product (prototype)

  • Market an idea/project

  • Build a website or e-commerce platform

  • Develop and launch an e-course

  • Launch a Podcast series

  • Create and implement a digital strategy including systems and automation.

We are extremely excited to see what ideas/goals you would like to work on and develop over the 12 week period!

What's in it for Hub members? 

  • The opportunity to link, share, learn and be supported by like-minded entrepreneurial women that you won't otherwise have access to.

  • The opportunity to be supported by entrepreneurial mentors, coaches and experts.

  • The opportunity to be part of a unique entrepreneurial community where you can learn from each other's mistakes, exchange tips of the trade, pass on knowledge, build connections, learn new business skills and be held accountable for your entrepreneurial progress.

  • Achieving your set big entrepreneurial goal in twelve weeks!

This is what a few previous participants had to say about the impact of the Hub program on them:

  • “Participating in the WiRE program gave me the confidence I needed to turn my business idea into reality and start up my own business”  (Vicki Maine, Chinchilla)

  • “I achieved more growth in my business in such a short period of time. I would not have thought so much value and action (with support) was possible in such a short period of time”  (Brenda Foley, Cairns)

  • “I started during the WiRE program and I took that step because I knew that the WiRE program would give me a sounding board for my ideas, for learning what I did not know and to possibly help someone along in their entrepreneurial journey. It’s helping us to build the women up in Gladstone” (Richa Joshi, Gladstone)

  • “I feel that the WiRE program has given me the connections that would help to scale it up. I have however started another business for my husband. I have also improved aspects of my own business”  (Mehan Neilson, Toowoomba)

  • “My venture has come to life in the WiRE program, as that is what I was directly working on in the program. Personally, I have been able to find me. To get something of my very own out of my head and into real life.  I had not only a great facilitator, but the group dynamics was so supportive too. Its sounds cliché bit I have found me and have something great”  (Heather Jonsson, Charters Towers)

  • “Participating in the WiRE program reinforced the skill set I had. It gave me confidence to take action and ask for help when I needed it from women in my network. It has given me freedom to follow my dreams”  (Kym Breeze, Toowoomba)

  • “The WiRE program allowed me to unlock my potential and unleash it in my business. It has given me knowledge to empower other regional business people”  (Sheena Lindholm, Kingaroy)

  • “The WIRE program was a fantastic opportunity which I was fortunate to be able to access at a time of massive transition in my business where I was starting to work on it full time”  (Erica Hughes, Mount Molloy)

Selection Criteria for Becoming a WiRE Hub Member

You are:

  • A regional, remote or rural women who are in the process of starting up your venture or you have a venture and want to grow it.

  • Willing and able to commit for 12 weeks to the WiRE Hubs program and able to meet online with your Hub peers and facilitator for 90 minutes per week at a specific set time?

  • Willing to set clear business/venture and personal intentions and goals for the 12 week program and have the time and focus to work toward these outcomes?

  • Willing to view the recording of WiRE Workshop 1: Prepare To Be Successful On Purpose and complete the relevant tasks? (This workshop on dealing with goal-setting and accountability is a prerequisite to participation in a WiRE Hub) 

  • Open to an exchange of ideas and learning through participating in the WiRE Hubs and associated online forums and events?

  • Ready to embark on a life-changing relationships and join a vibrant peer-mentoring community?

  • Willing to participate in self and program evaluation elements to gauge your progress, experience, and overall evaluation of the program.

Are you interested in becoming a Hub Mentor/Leader? 

As part of the WiRE Hubs program we are seeking expressions of interest from potential members who are interested in becoming a Hub Mentor and who have previous mentoring, coaching or people-facilitation experience.


Why be a WiRE Mentor/Leader?

As a WiRE Hub Mentor, you will have the opportunity to complete a practical and applied process for upskilling mentoring and coaching skills. This is ideal for those women who intend to add a group or individual coaching product to their business or simply would like to upskill their mentoring and coaching skills.


Mentors/Leaders will be able to:

  • Enhance their personal life skills and self-awareness through training and discussion

  • Relate to other entrepreneurial women in a semi-structured environment

  • Develop a panel and network of peers throughout the regions

  • Be a part of an active, caring and supportive group that share common values and beliefs

  • Have access to your own mentor and coach for one-on-one sessions if required

  • Have the opportunity to connect to the Queensland Government’s Women in Business program as a panel mentor for growth.


The role of Hub Mentor/Leader is to:

  • Motivate, encourage and coordinate a cohesive approach in a Hub of 4 - 6 entrepreneurial women

  • Provide mentorship where required in the Hub

  • Facilitating the flow of Hub discussions

  • Act as connector between the Hub and the WiRE Hub coordinator regarding the needs and goals of Hub participants. This may include advocating the needs/issues important to Hub participants to the Hub Coordinator (and where relevant the WiRE Program Director)

  • Coordinate the documentation of the outcomes of your Hub participants. This may include coordinating progress tracking of Hub participants, data collection from Hub participants (where relevant), and contributing to articles and newsletters relevant to the WiRE Program

  • Encourage Hub participants to participate in Hub and WiRE Program activities

  • Promote the success of the Hub to the WiRE Program Team so they can promote the Hub more widely through the Program

  • Collaborate with the WiRE coordinator to assist the Hub and its members to progress their goals.

 

Below are two previous Hub Participants talking about their experiences in the Hub Program. Also have a look at the experiences of some determined entrepreneurial women who participated in the WiRE Hub Program. See the WiRE 2018 Showcase Series

 

Hub Program testimonial from Caroline

Hub Program testimonial from Lisa

Please read the information below to better understand the WiRE Hub Program process

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REGISTER BY FILLING OUT THE FORM BELOW.

If you have not received an acknowledgement email within 3 days after registration, please let us know at wiresupport@wireprogram.com

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Mentors can also be hub members working on their Gig Rock/Goal.

The WiRE Hub Program is supported by the Advanced Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), inclusive of Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley) and the Queensland Government’s Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

 

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