Business Accelerator Program

The Business Accelerator Program will give you the tools you need to develop your business focus and brand strategy, by connecting you to the heart of your product or service.

It will give you the confidence you need to make good decisions for your business – while connecting you to other owners who are share the same goals.

The Business Accelerator Program begins on the 14th of October and runs for 10 weeks. It includes formal learning, through a Charles Sturt University Microcredential (which can be stacked to a qualification) as well as Industry Spotlights from successful businesses in the region.

It also includes the final stage of the Business Accelerator Workshop.

Places in the Program are limited to 15, as this is funded under a Scholarship program - a partnership between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Charles Sturt University Innovation Hub.

Formal Study - Micro-credential

It’s never too late to upskill – or expand your mind.

Our short courses are designed to give you the knowledge to face tomorrow’s challenges. And, if you want to take your study further - you can build to a full qualification at your own pace.

As part of the Business Accelerator Program, you will choose one micro course (from the list below) to be completed over an 8 week period.

The study for this program begins on the 18th October, 2021 and includes the following courses:

  • Strategic Management.
  • Building Community Resilience.
  • External Communication Strategies.

Industry Spotlights

Participants in the program will be given exclusive access to Q&A’s with local success stories through the Industry Spotlights.

These businesses have seen incredible growth through the implementation of Design Thinking into their business strategy – and they will share exactly how they did it.

Program participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from their journey.

Participants in the program will be given exclusive access to Q&A’s with local success stories through the Industry Spotlights.

These businesses have seen incredible growth through the implementation of Design Thinking into their business strategy – and they will share exactly how they did it.

Program participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from their journey.

The Industry Spotlights will include:

  • The Other Chef, local manufacturing using principles of Design Thinking.
  • Chef2Farmer, have built two extremely successful local businesses with the power of brand story, using regenerative farming and highlighting farm to plate experience.
  • General Manager of Budgy Smuggler Brendan Hartmann – to discuss how a tiny pair of swimmers became a big deal.

These businesses will feature in a panel discussion event on 2 December at 6pm in the Innovation Hub.

Scholarship

The Business Accelerator is fully funded through a collaborative partnership between Charles Sturt University & Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Participants will receive a scholarship – which includes funding for the micro-credential enrolment, workshops and keynote speakers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a unique learning community with other business owners.

There are only 15 scholarship places. Email innovateportmacquarie@csu.edu.au for more information – or to secure your spot.