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

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarships Program and Mentoring Scheme provides business training and mentoring opportunities for Brisbane residents from multicultural backgrounds.

The program aims to grow recipients’ business and entrepreneurial skills and enable them to start or expand their business. Since 2008, the program has delivered almost 300 scholarship and mentoring placements.


Applications for this year's scholarship program and mentoring scheme are now closed. 

The following programs were offered:

  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management (BSB42515) with TAFE Queensland
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business (BSB42615) with TAFE Queensland
  • Certificate IV in Business with Site Institute
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management with Site Institute
  • Master in Information Technology or Master in Business Administration (Health Services Management) with Federation University Australia
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy with the Brisbane School of Hairdressing and Beauty
  • Non-certificate Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme

Find out more about what was offered within each of the above programs.

You can also find out more about the 2017-18 mentees.

Eligibility requirements 

To be considered for the award in any category, nominees must:

  1. be from a multicultural or culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia
  2. have Australian citizenship or hold permanent residency
  3. personally reside in the Brisbane City Council local government area.

To ensure that as many Brisbane residents benefit from these programs, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a scholarship program placement. However, if you have been able to grow your business as a result of undertaking a scholarship previously through Brisbane City Council, you are encouraged to apply for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table Mentoring Scheme.

Mentoring scheme testimonials

Jaroslav Kovar, founder and director of HSEQ Toolshop Pty Ltd

"The mentoring program offered by BCC/LMMRT is a unique offering that brings together a wide range of business ideas from a group of people with an equally wide multicultural background. While Mentees are new to the business, eager for advice and guidance, mentors have been successfully in the business for number of years and understand the specifics of the AU market.  For me, it was the Mentor's insight together with other mentees mental support and group camaraderie which came as the highlight. After the 2016-2017 program, we keep in touch and are already planning to catch up again prior to this Christmas.

Highly recommend to those lucky ones who can get through the selection process."

Dr Niels Kraaier, Dutchuncle. 

"In 2016, I wanted to focus on growing my communications consultancy. I had extensive international experience in the government sector but was not sure how to go about growing the business here in Australia. I undertook the Certificate IV New Small Business Course through TAFE Queensland. The course was held over approximately three months and I attended classes twice a week. This was the most valuable business training that I have ever received. Also being a part of the program, helped me to connect with other aspiring entrepreneurs and I have been able to forge an incredible support network."

Vian Lin, Editor-in-chief, Brisbane Elite, director of Harmonie International, Harmonie Music Centre

"It is grateful to be able to have this opportunity to access so many resources and receive professional advices from my mentors. They are willing to give, teach and share their knowledge, experiences and help me and the rest of my classmates. Meeting this group on a monthly basis feels like having a spa on the top of the mountain. I'm energised, refreshed and more passionate about my business! Thank you!"

Zhen Guan, Managing Director of Broadlingual

”As a recipient of both the business scholarship and mentoring program, I am greatly indebted to the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table for their vision. I would like to thank the Lord Mayor and his Multicultural Round Table for providing me with an opportunity to gain business techniques and insights. I deeply believe your investment in multicultural communities in this beautiful city will bring more benefits and prosperity to its residents.”

Meet the 2017-18 mentees

Ms Reena Augustine, Red Carpet Functions

Red Carpet Functions aims to eliminate barriers among diverse groups by organising and coordinating events for corporate events, Christmas parties, & other occasions which continuously celebrate cultural differences. Red Carpet Functions also focuses on inclusivity, believing that everyone deserves a chance to walk on a runway, regardless of physical or mental disabilities.

Ms Florence Ee, Mindful Doodles

Mindful Doodles offers one to one training and group workshops using doodling to develop resourcefulness, explore possibilities and improve well-being.

Ms Tatiana Gurry, TVG Professional Business and Training Services

TVG Professional Business and Training Services provide project support and corporate and vocational education training services. Tatiana’s motto is: engaging training and exceptional project support delivered with passion and enthusiasm in a rapidly changing world.

Ms Vian Lin, Harmonie Music Centre

Harmonie Music Centre provides world-class music tuition and is also a promoter of international music events.

Dr Niels Kraaier, Dutchuncle

Specialising in communication and organisational management, Dutchuncle provides professional development solutions to clients that wish to enhance cultural intelligence, improve collaboration and make the most of a diverse workforce.

Mr Tutai Marongere, Tutai.Name

An SEO, website & graphics service; Tutai.Name (Tutai dot Name) helps businesses connect with their potential advocates (i.e. the 20% bringing 80% of revenue) through visual messaging and digital marketing.

Ms Grace Samuel Oryem, Malaika Boutique

Grace’s boutique specialises in selling authentic African Fashion Apparel

Mrs Nogah Parsons, Open World Immigration Services

Nogah works to provide professional and friendly advice to individuals who want to work or live in Australia, and to businesses who wish to employ international workers.

Mr Ulendo Roode, Concateno Pty Ltd

Concateno, as the name in Latin suggests, provides the essential link between Board Vision and Management Execution.  The company offer business improvement and transformation services - specialising in high urgency interventions, typically associated with rapid growth or decline.

Dr Yee Suan, Icephile

Icephile serves creative desserts at markets, festivals and private functions. The signature dish is a crispy-every-bite, takoyaki-size, deep-fried ice cream.

Ms Monica Tovar, Monica Tovar

Monica designs resort wear pieces for women using handcraft, artisan work and storytelling to achieve a truly Australian made product.

Mr Vish Uttam, Xperience Realty

Vish specialises in selling and managing residential real estate in Brisbane with a twist!



10 August 2018