Ideation Program

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Applications Closed

  • Applications due by April 20, 2018
  • Applications are now closed
  • Program duration is 6 weeks
  • April 28 until May 31 2018
  • SPARK Live Pitch


Explore the process of entrepreneurship and make a difference in the Northern Rivers

The Enterprise Lab is launching the Ideation Program – a six-week workshop series to develop solutions and entrepreneurial skillsets in the Northern Rivers region.

Working with local business and industry partners, passionate individuals will come together to work on generating positive solutions for challenges facing our region.

You don’t need to come with an idea, just a willingness to think outside-the-box and work in a collaborative team.

We’ll provide the creative tools, inspirational mentors and the space required for you to begin your entrepreneurial journey. In teams, solutions will be developed over a series of face-to-face workshops once a week.

At the end of the six weeks, in a live pitch session, teams will compete for seed funding of $2500 to help bring their ideas to life.

So what do you need to apply? We are looking for self-motivated individuals who want to acquire the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. We aim to pick a diverse and motivated group of people who will form long term connections with our entrepreneurial community.

This is a free program with only 25 places available.

Applications closed. Download the information package

Throughout our six-week Ideation Program, five startup teams have developed solutions and are ready to pitch their ideas for positive impact in the Northern Rivers region - all while competing for $2500 in seed funding.

Over 6 weeks, from April 28 until May 31 2018, you will need to commit to attending one workshop per week at the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab in Lismore. The Enterprise Lab is accessible and available to program participants during this period, offering co-working space, high-speed internet and expert support.

The Ideation Workshop culminates in an exciting event where teams pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and a selected panel of potential contributors who have been identified as key people who could help your project progress to the next level. Teams will be competing for seed funding of $2500 to support the building of their prototype.

In addition to this, teams will pitch to the audience for funding, networking, volunteering and partnership opportunities that could help bring their idea to life. This fun and inclusive format make it possible for everyone to give collaboratively and support entrepreneurial ideas of the future.

If you are inspired by the innovations on offer, you can give a little or give a lot - your contribution is up to you.

About SPARK Live Pitch

‘SPARK’ Live Pitch brings together business and industry, researchers, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, and media around our key impact areas to foster collaborations that will have a positive impact on the teams and on the Northern Rivers region.

The next ‘SPARK’ Live Pitch event will take place at the Enterprise Lab, A Block, Level 3 - Southern Cross University Lismore on Thursday May 31, 2018 – 4.45pm - 7.30pm.

Register via Eventbrite by Tuesday May 22 for your chance to be part of this exclusive event: spark.eventbrite.com.au

Key impact areas that may be addressed throughout the program are:

  • Indigenous Cultural Inclusion
  • Affordable Housing
  • Waste and Plastic Pollution
  • Youth Unemployment
  • Food Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy

Participants will be given examples of a range of challenges presented by local businesses, industry partners, and experts in the field. From there, participants will choose a select group of issues to work on in teams.

  • Workshops 1 and 2 - Saturday April 28 & Sunday April 29 (10.00am - 3.00pm)
  • Workshop 3 - Saturday May 5 (10.00am - 3.00pm)
  • Workshop 4 - Saturday May 12 (10.00am - 3.00pm)
  • Workshop 5 - Saturday May 19 (10.00am - 3.00pm)
  • Workshop 6 - Saturday May 26 (10.00am - 3.00pm)
  • Spark (Pitch) - Thursday May 31

If you are accepted to the program your team will receive the following support:

  • Access to co-working spaces at the Enterprise Lab
  • Mentoring from our network and experts
  • Retain the equity in the idea you are working on

Where is it?

The Southern Cross Enterprise Lab, Level 3, Block A Lismore campus

The Enterprise Lab is a central hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Northern Rivers. It’s a dynamic place where solution-driven entrepreneurs start, grow and scale with the Enterprise Lab providing access to space, knowledge, talent, and resources to turn ideas into action.

Did I get into the program?

Once you have submitted your application, our team will make an assessment and get back to you.

Cancellation Policy

This program is running with a small, select group of people. We handpick the speakers, we have designed a road map and we will be organizing the panel who can take your team to the next level. If you are accepted into the program, it means that someone else is not. Please consider any prior conflicting engagements before committing to this program.

If you have any questions, please submit your general enquiry via our Contact page.