Ignite your entrepreneurial fire and create your own success

IClogo1CMYKEveryone has a fire burning inside them, a passion or dream they want to achieve, so for those whose passions are entrepreneurial, the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast has created the perfect one-day intensive program from which they can launch their business.

Presented by some of the region’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs, Start It Up! on Friday 5 June, will give budding entrepreneurs all the information they need to take that next big step and start transforming their ideas into reality.

Innovation Centre entrepreneur-in-residence Nigel Hall said there were a lot of pitfalls when starting a business, most of which were avoidable if people had access to advice and support from people with experience.

The Start It Up! program will begin with a session with Innovation Centre CEO Colin Graham to help participants clarify their personal and career goals, passions, skills, experience, knowledge and core competencies.

Mr Hall said often in start-up businesses one or two people did everything, even in areas where they had no experience or specialised skills.

“Entrepreneurs generally have extensive experience in their field but this doesn’t often include business planning expertise, and accessing this advice is critical for young innovative companies,” he said.

The Innovation Centre, a University of the Sunshine Coast company, is dedicated to the economic development of the Sunshine Coast region and specialises in assisting businesses in the information communication technology (ICT), clean technologies and creative industry sectors.

“With the economic crisis now predicted to continue beyond 2009, and job security becoming a real issue for people, many are considering putting their business ideas into action so our Start It Up! program would be perfect for them,” Mr Hall said.

The one-day program will also include presentations by Sixty Second Parent CEO and founder of the internationally successful automated software development company Typefi Systems, Steve Huff, Innovation Centre Entrepreneur-in-residence Nigel Hall and founder and author of the ENACT suite of business programs, Trevor Holmes.  There will also be an Open Forum with Steve Huff, Trevor Holmes and pioneer of the start-up Proscribe Medical Communications Dr Karen Woolley.

The intensive and practical one-day Start It Up! Program, on Friday 5 June, will cost $295+GST per participant.  In addition to the one-day program, the cost includes a complimentary 1-hour Start It Up! Consultation with Innovation Centre entrepreneur-in-residence Nigel Hall (valued at $250), a complimentary initial consultation with either Hemming + Hart or Redchip Lawyers to assist you in setting up your business legals (valued at $200) and a 20-page Start It Up! Booklet – 10 Action Steps to Realising Your Entrepreneurial Ambitions (Valued at $49.00).

Numbers are limited so to book or for more information call 07 5450 2600 or visit www.innovation-centre.com.au.

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