Eligible* driver partners and delivery people in Australia and New Zealand who are active on one of Uber’s platforms can apply to be part of this amazing program to start or grow your other side hustle. Program starts February 2024.


*See FAQs below for eligibility criteria


  • 12 weeks of FREE training with business experts in either the Incubator or Accelerator stream
  • A cash grant of $2000 AUD to invest in your other business
  •  Plus, 10 finalists will pitch to a panel of business experts for the opportunity to win a share in $100,000 AUD grant funding.
  • 12 months of 1-on-1 support with a business mentor in a Rare Birds Mentoring Program
  • Terms and Conditions apply.




November 15 (10.30am AEDT) REGISTER and November 23 (11.30am AEDT) REGISTER: Rare Birds online information Q&A sessions about the Business Booster Program

December 5: Applications close at 11.59 pm AEDT

December 1 -  January 8 2024: Rare Birds will appoint an independent selection committee to review applications and select 100 participants to take part in the program*

January 15: Successful applicants notified

January 30: Program launch events

February 12: Weekly Incubator and Accelerator masterclasses

May 10: Pitch videos submitted for evaluation

June: Pitches judged and prizes awarded*

Dates may be subject to change. Participants will be notified.

*Participation and receipt of any funding under the program will be subject to additional terms and conditions as required by Rare Birds and Uber. Business Booster Terms and Conditions


How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
You will be eligible to apply for the Business Booster program if: 1) You have been an active driver partner on the Uber platform or delivery person on the Uber Eats platform, and have completed at least 20 trips and/or deliveries on the Uber Driver app on or after 1 July 2023; and 2) For the Incubator stream, you have a plan to launch another business in Australia OR for the Accelerator stream, you have already launched another business in Australia that is generating revenue, and you have a plan to grow or scale that business. Unfortunately, Business Booster 2023 participants are not eligible to apply for the Business Booster program for 2024
How much does the program cost?
The cost of the program (consisting of the online masterclasses, online one on one mentoring and any cash grants payable under the program) is 100% sponsored by Uber in partnership with Inspiring Rare Birds.
How far along does my other business need to be before I apply?
You don’t need to have launched another business to apply for the Incubator stream. For the Accelerator stream, you just need to have launched and be generating revenue.
Where will the program be held?
The program is 100% online, with the mentoring held over video calls. To fully participate in the program, you will need high speed internet as well as a computer or tablet
How many hours per week does participation in the program require?
The 10 masterclasses are 90 minutes per week and the mentoring is 2 hours per month for 12 months. How much time you spend implementing what you learn is up to you.
What do I get out of the program?
You will get the knowledge, training and connections to support you to launch or grow your other business. On successful completion of the program you will also be eligible to receive a $2000 grant to invest in your other business and access to 12 months of one on one mentoring.
Do I need to complete any tests or assessments?
No, there are no tests or assessments for the masterclasses. You will be required to complete a survey every 3 months during the mentoring program so that your Rare Birds Partnership Manager can track your progress and to help Rare Birds provide support but these are not judged and remain confidential.
Do I need to apply for the mentoring program?
No, all graduates who complete all ten masterclasses (by either attending live or viewing the video) will automatically receive entry into the mentoring program.
How is my Mentor selected?
As well as in-depth interviews, Rare Birds’ mentoring platform allows for Mentors and Mentees to be matched through a sophisticated algorithm assessment, including business challenges, skills, industry, personality, and management style and location.
I’ve never had a Mentor before. How will I know what to do?
You will be guided through the process by your Rare Birds partnership manager. They will be your dedicated point of contact and make regular check-in calls to provide support throughout the 12 months.
What are the benefits of mentoring?
There are so many! Your Mentor has already walked the path you are on so they are speaking from learned experience. Your Mentor is a chance to: have a sounding board external to your other business and the opportunity to share in another’s wisdom; be pushed to think critically, creatively and innovatively about business problems, goals and solutions; receive support, motivation and be held accountable to actions, progress and continual development; and open doors to new connections
I still have questions, who can I talk to?
Please email businessbooster@uber.com with any further questions about the program. Note: Uber cannot give feedback on your application.