The highly anticipated Startup Moreton Bay Region program kicked off on the weekend of the 6th and 7th February, 2016 at Yuraba at Eatons Hill funded by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay and the Queensland Government.
Under the guidance of Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship, fourteen participants (13 businesses) worked a very intensive (and intense) weekend of activities called ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’.
Over the weekend they met and bonded through Edgeware’s unique approach to team building, which involved three teams collaboratively cooking a ‘tag team dinner’ (starting just with a fridge full of cooking ingredients, each group had 25 minutes and no possibility of communication with other groups). And then, like so much more of the weekend, sharing the superb meal that somehow emerged from the chaos.
We also shared stories of triumph and disaster, to understand the importance of risk and resilience in business building. We were introduced to Edgeware’s cutting-edge business building tools, and the way they combine to form a One Page Business Plan. We were given permission to be playful and think sideways about things. ‘Where,’ repeats the entrepreneur, again and again, ‘are the opportunities here?’
The startup businesses engaged in the program are diverse and exciting, including several in the field of food and beverage production, processing and value-adding, as well as fisheries diversification and marketing, IT design, graphic design, financial services, NGO services, publishing and heavy machinery recycling. Oh, and Kurdish pistachio coffee that has aphrodisiac qualities!
We emerged from the weekend exhausted, exhilirated and looking forward to the coming weeks. On May 28, when the RDA hosted a major Launch Event, the region had the opportunity to see and brave new swathe of innovative enteprises built from scratch and with their sights on the stars – and look for them also in the next wave of Moreton Region Innovation Awards!
About the Startup Moreton Bay Program
The Moreton Bay Region is now the third largest local government area in Australia based on population behind Brisbane City Council and Gold Coast City Council. By 2031, the region’s population is estimated to grow to over 585,000. The region’s population is currently greater than the Northern Territory and by 2031 will be larger than Tasmania!
This population growth is driving significant investment in infrastructure, including the $1.1bn Moreton Bay Rail Link, alongside unparrelled investment in new housing and community infrastructure, and is also attracting considerable new business investment, including by Costco and Ikea.
It is this significant growth in population, which is creating increasing demand for a wider range and diversity of employment choices. The opportunity for residents of the Moreton Bay Region to start their own businesses is compelling.
RDA Moreton Bay and the Queensland Government jointly funded the Start Up Moreton Bay Region program which ran from February to May 2016. The Start Up Program was delivered by Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship.
The program enabled residents of the Moreton Bay Region to start in business – the right way! And by doing so significantly assisted an aspiring entrepreneur to build their own future!
The program was delivered to entrepreneurs from the Moreton Bay Region, who were looking to start businesses with growth potential in the next 12 months. These businesses are in key business sectors related to the region’s economy, such as, IT, Health, Manufacturing, Sustainable Construction and other emerging sectors.
Representing workshop participants, supporters and funding providers, this booklet summarises the Build Your Business workshops held in the Moreton Bay Region in February-May 2016.
These workshops offer a fresh and inspiring approach to starting up, changing or growing a small business. Edgeware offers simple, flexible and effective planning tools in a supportive, positive and creative atmosphere. Because we see the value in each individual undertaking a unique pathway, training with us can make a real difference not only to what you know and what you do, but who you are!