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Start House Ideation Program Port Stephens

Start House Ideation Program Port Stephens

Start House Ideation Program Port Stephens

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The Start House Ideation Program for Port Stephens is a five-month program running from May to September 2020. The program will support the development of new ideas, for start up or scale up businesses, who serve the Visitor Economy in the Port Stephens region.

You only pay $99

Program value $4,000

This program is supported by Port Stephens Council

The Business Centre

Port Stephens NSW

How It Works

This program has been tailored to individuals and existing operators within the Port Stephens Visitor Economy who have a great idea. This can be an existing business where there is opportunity to scale up or a new business looking for help to start up. Participants will learn how to innovate and test the viability of the idea. The participants will be provided with several opportunities to connect to the growing ecosystem and industry experts. By the end of the program participants will feel increased confidence around the financial viability of their idea and have a clear view of what to do next. They'll have a good understanding about what support is required, from whom and how to ask for it. As part of the Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodology, participants will access the Ideation Toolbox - a range of business tools to use on the journey.

How It Works

  • 12th May 2020

    Ideation Bootcamp: Introduction to the tools and methodologies to help transform your idea to a viable business.

  • May to July 2020

    Mentoring: Six 90 minute tailored mentoring session. Each participant will have an experienced business advisor to help them along the ideation journey.

  • July to August 2020

    Three Pitch Practices: Become confident in your pitch! Our team will help you develop a pitch deck that will cut through to any investor. Learn from your seasoned mentors and the program's alumni for their dos and don'ts.

  • 1st September 2020

    Community Pitch Evening: The chance to pitch for what you need next to your community, connectors, investors and leading business minds.

  • Ideation Toolbox

    Each participant will receive a toolbox of business tools to help them along the ideation journey. 


Register to Discover more

Register to attend on of our Discovery Events by visiting our Events page! These free Discovery events are an opportunity to learn more about what the Start House program has to offer. It's also a chance to connect with a network of support to help you get that idea to the next stage. We also invite existing businesses and industry leaders to participate in this event to connect with and assist with getting these great ideas off the ground. Start House Discovery Event - Nelson Bay 10th March, 2020 5pm - 7.30pm Start House Discovery Event - Medowie 18th March, 2020 5pm - 7.30pm

Register to Discover more

This program is delivered by industry experts to help you apply your learning to your business. Our Mentors and Advisors are highly accomplished and experienced in operating a business.

Lena Vestad Hansen
Lena Vestad Hansen Business Advisor

Marketer with a global perspective

Gordon Whitehead
Gordon Whitehead Business Advisor

Tech head and tech mentor

Melissa Archer
Melissa Archer Business Advisory Manager

A brilliant mentor on your business journey

Brooke Philips
Brooke Philips Education Manager

CXO, passionate people person and leader

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