Brisbane City Council - Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Application Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:15am to Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme provides business training and mentoring opportunities for Brisbane residents from multicultural backgrounds. It includes two separate programs.

The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program provides aspiring business owners with the knowledge and skills to establish or grow a business in its early stages. It includes training courses from Certificate IV through to post-graduate university courses.

The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Mentoring Scheme is a 12 month program with monthly workshops which assists existing business owners to grow their businesses. 

Since 2008, the programs have delivered almost 350 scholarship and mentoring placements. In 2018, 27 business scholarships and 14 mentoring scheme placements were awarded to residents of the Brisbane local government area.

Business mentoring scheme

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme is designed to provide budding entrepreneurs of established businesses with:

  • direct and formal contact with local, experienced and credible mentors
  • understanding of the local business culture, environment, business systems and services
  • networking opportunities with the Brisbane business community
  • a supportive learning environment with like-minded business people in similar situations.

This is a 12 month program where mentors work in pairs and deliver monthly workshops to small groups of mentees. Mentors are also available for email and phone enquiries from their mentees throughout the year. Successful applicants also receive a one-year membership to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

The scheme is administered by members of the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table. Read about the current mentors or find out more about the 2018-19 mentees.


Applications for the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme are now open. To register your interest for the 2019 program, complete and submit the application form here

Applications close on 12 April 2019.