Given ClubsNSW’s deep connection to community matters and projects, there is opportunity for scaleups, not-for-profits, social and community projects to apply for the ClubsTHRIVE program. If your project aligns to one of the program themes and there is a potential commercial fit, then you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the program curriculum and activities. 


ClubsTHRIVE is open to not-for-profits and social enterprises at startup level. The ClubsTHRIVE Accelerator fast-tracks your business development to get you ready for ClubsNSW opportunities in 12 weeks.

Eligible Not-for-Profits

Clubs NSW has partnered with Slingshot to deliver a 12-week program designed to produce the business model, traction and investment you need to succeed. If you’re selected into the program, in just 12 weeks ClubsNSW and Slingshot will help you to validate your business model, confirm you are developing a product or service customers want, build or develop your minimum viable product (MVP) and demonstrate progress to advisors.

Being a ClubsTHRIVE participant provides the potential opportunity to work with a large, engaged customer with over 1200 registered clubs visited more than 100 million times a year.

What do you get?

  • 12-week structured education program, led by industry experts, designed to get you ready for engagement with ClubsNSW or its member clubs.
  • An additional 12-week incubation program for selected teams focused on driving results
  • Access to ClubsTHRIVE and Slingshot teams, as well as select ClubsNSW executives to secure a potential deal
  • Mentoring from industry experts, matched to you and your needs
  • Influential partner and champion backing
  • Invitations to community events
  • Branding and marketing support
  • Legal and financial advice from Slingshot
  • Inclusion in ClubsTHRIVE and Slingshot media and events.


ClubsTHRIVE is open to scaleups aged at least 3 years. The ClubsTHRIVE Accelerator fast-tracks your business development to get you ready for ClubsNSW opportunities in 12 weeks.

Are you an Eligible Scaleup?

Your scaleup business already has a product with market fit, customers, recurring revenue and early investment but wants to collaborate with a large corporate to help you scale quickly.

The ClubsTHRIVE Scaleup program matches you with key decision makers to expedite your path to a commercial agreement with ClubsNSW or member club(s).

Your eligibility will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Your business aligns to one of the ClubsTHRIVE themes
  • You are late seed and Series A+
  • You have an exceptional, committed and experienced team
  • You have a differentiated product in market, existing customer base with recurring revenue
  • You are seeking a national partnership to scale
  • You are capable of delivering a solution to ClubsNSW or its member clubs within 3 months of commencing the program
  • You have demonstrable traction (ARR of >$500K, growing 100%+ YoY).

How do we evaluate a Scaleup application?

  • Alignment to ClubsTHRIVE theme(s)
  • Annual run-rate – year on year growth
  • Traction to date including customer base and recurring revenue
  • Talent, commitment and experience of your team
  • Product differentiation
  • Ability to scale quickly and nationally