Entrepreneurship Facilitators


Entrepreneurship Facilitators work in three areas with high youth unemployment and lower than average business activity. They provide practical assistance to support and encourage young people to start a business as a way to create their own job.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators promote entrepreneurship and self-employment among young people. They assist young entrepreneurs to access assistance to start their own business and connect them to existing programs, including the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

The Entrepreneurship Facilitators work in Cairns (Queensland), the Hunter including Newcastle (NSW), and Launceston and North-East Tasmania. 

What services do Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide?

The Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a range of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing information and tailored advice to clients about business start-up, including:
    • holding information sessions and networking events to provide information and advice  about starting and running a  business
    • providing ongoing mentoring assistance and advice, directly or through a mentor network, and
    • connecting clients to other services that help people start their own business.
  • Marketing and providing information and advice about entrepreneurship and starting a business in their region.

Who can access services?

While Entrepreneurship Facilitators target their services to young people aged 18-24, anyone wanting to start their own business can access their services.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator contact details

Information on each of the Facilitators and their contact details is provided below.

Cairns (QLD) Facilitator

Ms Tara Diversi

Ph: 0421 154 784

Email: tara@taradiversi.com

Tara won the Cairns Business Women's inaugural young businesswoman of the year in 2004, and believes that self-employment is one of the most rewarding things in life. Equipped with a MBA, two post graduate psychology degrees and numerous non-tertiary trainings to compliment her practical experience, Tara is excited to assist young people overcome the barriers to starting their dream business and incorporating best-practice to increase their chances of success.

Hunter, including Newcastle (NSW)  Facilitator

Ms Cheryl Royle

Ph: 0407 991 277

Email: cheryl@thefinerline.com.au

Website: www.hunterfuturepreneurs.com.au

Cheryl is a Hunter based small business coach and consultant, and co-founder of Lone Rangers Business Networks. She has owned four businesses over the past 25 years and has educated, supported and coached 1000’s of business owners, freelancers, consultants, artists and entrepreneurs across Australia. Cheryl is committed to helping the small business owners/entrepreneurs unlock their potential, thereby creating the business of their dreams.  

Launceston and North-East (TAS)  Facilitator 

Ms Talitha Devadass

Ph: 03 6349 1919

M: 0429 061 668 

Email: talitha@vandiemenproject.com.au

Website: www.vandiemenproject.com.au

Talitha "Taz" believes in community development through the sharing of ideas, transfer of knowledge and relationship-driven collaboration. Born in Launceston, she is an experienced facilitator with a passion for helping people achieve their best and has worked with nearly 5000 young Australians. Taz has a diverse background in multiple leadership roles with The Van Diemen Project, and has supported numerous exciting Tasmanian start-ups over the last year.

Other Assistance available

For people not in an Entrepreneurship Facilitator location there are a number of other services available, including: