Get Involved

Are you passionate about social issues, refugee resettlement, supporting Indigenous Australians and people living with disability? If you have skills and knowledge in product development, marketing (including social media, sales, strategy, branding, graphic and web design), business planning, finance and accounting, or legal and compliance, we’d love to hear from you! See below for how to get involved.

Donate

Ignite helps budding entrepreneurs with start-up costs like business name registration, domain name, hosting, market stall, logo and website design, to name a few. Plus, for every dollar you donate and we spend on a client, you return $5.60 of social value on your investment*.

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$100 Impact

supports the client with professional logo design by a member of our resource team. For many entrepreneurs, having the logo often results in increased confidence as they start to feel their business dream becoming a reality.

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$250 Impact

supports the client with a professional logo design and business cards design and print. By having these marketing materials, the entrepreneur is enabled to network and spread the word about their new business.

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$500 Impact

supports the client with a business name registration, professional logo design, business card and flyer design and print. This enables the entrepreneur to reach a wider audience and increase their sales and income.

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$1000 Impact

supports the client with a business name, logo, business card and flyer design and print, hosting, domain name, simple website and social media; everything they need to operate and grow independently.

Donate now and make a difference

Volunteer

Volunteers at Ignite are referred to as Resource Team members. Our resource team consists of business volunteers, low-bono professionals, pro-bono industry mentors/experts, students and interns and on occasion corporate volunteers. Our resource team members are essential in our Entrepreneur’s business journey and form a part of their business eco-system of support. If you are passionate about giving back to the community, supporting recently arrived refugees, humanitarian entrants, asylum seekers, people living with disability and Indigenous Australians, and are looking for a flexible way to give back, please express your interest below. We’d love to hear from you.

Our volunteers are committed to SSI’s vision and mission to support newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper.

See below for more info, openings and how to join each category of our Resource Team.

We are always looking for volunteers with skills that can be applied in a business. Whether you’re still active, semi-retired or retired, there is a great chance we have an opportunity to fit your schedule and utilise your great skills to make a big difference in our entrepreneurs lives. See below for current volunteering opportunities:

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

Marketing Strategy Support

What you can expect to do

  • Work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to develop a viable and effective marketing strategy based on industry research and a tone that reflects their business
  • Give input and support entrepreneurs to develop business brand
  • If required, support Ignite entrepreneurs to develop and implement meaningful communication and marketing strategies, plans and campaigns

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here

Social Media Support

What you can expect to do

  • Work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to identify the best social media channels for their business and industry (eg: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Create social media account/s and setup profiles
    • Use correct logo size
    • Fill out all relevant profile fields with relevant information and photos
  • Support with social media strategy
    • Support with creating a simple strategy for each channel (the strategy should be based on marketing goals that align with business objective)
    • Support with identifying relevant keywords/hashtags to maximise engagement
    • Support with creating a feed theme that is aligned with brand visuals
  • Social media engagement support
    • Provide practical support to the entrepreneur by creating 2 weeks’ worth of content and assist the entrepreneur to engage their audience to drive leads and sales

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here

Content Writer

What you can expect to do

  • Content research and optimisation
  • Copy creation for client’s website pages, digital and printed marketing collaterals
  • Audience research, keyword research and analytics
  • Understanding the latest digital marketing trends, strategies and techniques

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here 

Digital Marketing Graphic Design Support

What you can expect to do

  • Work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to develop brand colour palette and logo concept
  • If needed, design marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, banners, menus, price lists, etc
  • Assist Ignite entrepreneurs with business email setup and email signature
  • If needed, design profile and cover photos for social media channels
  • Create and customise Invoice /Quote /Receipt templates (Word doc or other simple to use/edit software)
  • Website wireframe mock-up

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Accounting & Finance Support

What you can expect to do

  • Support Ignite entrepreneurs to determine the best costing and pricing for their product/service
  • Guide Ignite entrepreneurs on proper bookkeeping and accounting practices
  • Put together relevant financial data e.g., cash flow, profit and loss statements and balance sheets
  • If possible and required, work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to develop a simple, viable and effective business plan based on industry research

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

General Business Support

Business Support Volunteers provide holistic support to lgnite entrepreneurs.

What you can expect to do

  • Assistance in the development of the product or service
  • Assistance in the development of business plans
  • Provision of information on Australian business practices
  • Guidance on growing a small business in Australia
  • Provision of information and support in making business contacts and networks
  • Supporting entrepreneurs to identify and manage opportunities and risks in the Australian business environment
  • Providing up-to-date information on relevant licences and insurances, including associated costs, that the entrepreneur may need for their business
  • Providing regular feedback and updates on the entrepreneur’s progress to Ignite’s Facilitators

Time commitment

  • Flexible to meet your availability and the needs of entrepreneurs with a desirable minimum 6-month commitment due to the average length of a start-up journey

Contact us below for more info or apply directly here 

Please note all volunteer roles require a Working With Children Check and Police Background Check. Costs of these are covered by SSI.

Are you a recent Graphic or Web Design graduate looking to start building a professional portfolio? If you answered yes, then you must get in touch with us. 

We provide you with an opportunity to earn a small fee whilst practicing your skill and at the same time making a huge difference in our clients lives. From experience, Brand and Digital Identity are the most crucial milestones in our clients business journey, as they signify the beginning of their dream into reality.

If you like the sound of this opportunity and would like to find out more info, hit the button below to get in touch.

Industry Specialists are Ignite pro-bono resource team members with specialised skills and expertise that may not be as common, or required on a more frequent basis, like marketing and finance support.

As an Industry Specialist you can join the Ignite resource team directly without going through SSI formal volunteer program. You are however required to sign the Ignite Pro-bono Industry Specialist Deed which sets out the legal terms and conditions of the involvement in the program.

If you are interested in joining our resource team in this capacity, or need more information, please contact us via the button below.

Since the inception of Ignite, students have been part of the Ignite resource team and clients’ business eco-system of support.

Through SSI Student Program, Ignite has built partnerships with various universities. We offer marketing and accounting internships to eligible students. Interns participating in the program get to work with facilitators and clients on their actual business start-ups. 

If you are student passionate about supporting refugees and other newcomers, people living with disability and Indigenous and First Nation’s peoples, please contact our Student Program via student@ssi.org.au to express your interest and find out what’s involved.

If your business or organisation is looking for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities, there are many different ways to get involved with Ignite. Contact fundraising@ssi.org.au to get in touch and find out more.

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