The Hot House Project


Do you have a “hot” idea for a new business?  The hot house project provides a program to support new business development and innovations.

You may have identified a gap in the market, have an idea that could improve an existing service or product, or you may have had a stroke of brilliance that you think could be commercialised.

No matter how out there your idea may be, if any of this sounds like you, the Hot House Project is your opportunity to receive training, mentoring and inspiration that will help you transform your idea into a new business startup.

The Hot House Project will provide the following opportunities:

  • a series of 9 x Startup Master Classes
  • mentoring
  • networking
  • special events

The Hot House Project: Season 2
 - Registrations are now closed


Expression of interest for the Hot House Project - Season 3 program now open


How will the program run?

In Season 2 of the Hot House we will be running  2 streams: The Start Club and the Grow Club.

The Start Club will focus on finding the ‘connection’ between your great business idea and your customer needs.

In the Grow Club your business idea is established. Now it’s time to work on developing a robust business model to secure ongoing success.

Where you best fit in the development stage of your business idea will be determined by the mentors after the soft pitch session.

The Master classes will cover the following essential elements of your new start up style of planning and thinking:

  • Setting the Scene
  • Purpose of your idea & Seeking Proof
  • Customer journey/experience & pricing strategy/financial best practice
  • Branding & Marketing
  • The art of driving Sales $$
  • One on one mentor review
  • Pitch Night / Graduation


Stay connected with the Facebook group for more updates and announcements. The project is being delivered by Melton City Council.

If you feel your situation might not be suited to the Hot House Project, our Economic Development & Tourism team provides a broad range of business support services to suit every need.


See a short video on the Hot House Project.

Transcript: Hot House Project - Melton City Council video

The Hot House Project: Season 1 was completed in June 2019. The project helped support 44 participants through a range of training programs and events and feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.


Contact us

For questions or queries, contact us on 9747 7157 or