The Darebin Enterprise Centre Ltd (DECL) was one of Victoria’s first business incubators, having opened its doors in 1997. A business incubator creates employment opportunities and wealth.
In 18 years, over 300 new business have graduated from the incubation program, with 86% still operating successfully three years after leaving. This proves that these graduate businesses have created over 800 new jobs, triggering economic growth and building wealth within the local community.
Today, DECL’s general business incubator is home to approximately 40 client businesses, ranging from horticulture, environmental technologies and costume design, to scultpure, mortgage broking, and micro-brewing. The Alphington site that was once a quarry now provides tenant businesses with open space for tree growing, firewood storage and chopping, as well as warehouse and office space.