September 27, 2019 Creative

Video direction and production.

Guest post from Business Foundations about PAVLOVA, a great new business launched with help from NEIS; and recent finalist in the 2019 NEIS Awards for Best New Business.

A passion for art and autonomy led business owner Matt Sav to start his own production company, PAVLOVA.

After hearing about the NEIS program through a friend, Matt applied and was accepted into pre-NEIS training. He successfully graduated from the NEIS program at Business Foundations in 2017, with his business idea ready for launch.

PAVLOVA, co-founded by Matt Sav and Rachael Karotkin (below) in 2018, is a film production business providing production, direction and delivery of videos.

What motivated you to enrol in the NEIS program?
A friend had completed it and shared with me that it was a great way to get some help both financially and in the business training side of things. I wanted to understand how to make my business idea viable, and NEIS seemed like a good place to start.

Explain your journey through the NEIS program?
At first, I was skeptical. I wondered if the course would be very good, but I quickly started getting a lot out of going over the business plans and how to create one. It was a lot of fun actually! I really enjoyed the classes, especially seeing and hearing my peer’s business ideas and being surrounded by that infectious hopeful energy for the duration of the course.

What did you gain by enrolling in the NEIS program?

I gained vital knowledge in the setting up of a business, the different modes and structures it could take on, looking at marketing and competition, and delving into the financials which I initially dreaded. I gained a confidence to pursue my business. It made me feel far more prepared than I would have been otherwise.

NEIS was an amazing program to be a part of and gave me the support I needed to successfully start my own business.


Pavlova produced one of the Top 5 Triple JJJ music videos of 2018; and Matt and his collaborators recently visited Darwin and the Tiwi Islands to make this evocative video for NORTH, a social enterprise which celebrates and broadens the exposure of textile design by remote Indigenous artists.

You can find PAVLOVA through their Website and Instagram. We wish Matt all the best for his new business!

Do you have a great new business idea? NEIS is an Australian Government sponsored new business training program, to assist with self-employment. Use the postcode finder for your local provider and contact them for a chat.

This story was provided by Business Foundations, the most passionate people about your business – other than you. Business Foundations deliver the NEIS program all around Western Australia.

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