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StartUp Northern Rivers: A Sourdough Pre-Accelerator Program

By Sep 15,2020 August 25th, 2020 No Comments

15 September 2020…

Do you have an early stage idea or business that’s aiming to be a force for good in the world?  StartUp Northern Rivers, a Sourdough Pre-Accelerator program is designed to take emerging business ideas from conception (ideation) through to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).  You will learn the tools to develop your ideas to embed purpose, sustainability and circular economy principles in a supportive environment with like minded entrepreneurs and expert facilitators and mentors.

Applications for the September intake of the Sourdough Pre-Accelerator are now open. View the program sessions here.

The Sourdough Pre-Accelerator program is a Flinders University New Venture Institute Program based on Lean Startup methodologies. It focuses on providing participants with the tools to help them develop the elements of a Lean Business Model Canvas that’s been tailored to embed purpose, impact and circular economy principles.

What will you achieve? [Purpose of the program]
The program is designed to take startup and emerging business ideas from conception (ideation) through to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The program can also support those in the early stages of their business to learn tools to help them develop their MVP and emerging business further.

Who is it for?
Aspiring founders or existing founders with an early stage idea or business that’s aiming to be a force for good in the world. Whether you’re there already or want to learn how business can have a positive impact on our society and planet, this program can help you discover and embed purpose-driven,
impactful and circular economy principles in all that you do. You’ll learn the tools to develop your ideas in a supportive environment with other like-minded entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to learn from, help and inspire each other.

Program Facilitators and Mentors
The program will be facilitated by Sourdough’s Expert in Residence as well as expert guests. The facilitators will be there to guide, mentor and support you throughout the program. You will also have time throughout the program with a range of highly experienced industry and investor mentors who will share invaluable feedback to help you develop your idea or business further.

Time investment
It’s important to note that this is not a training program. It’s a hands-on, immersive boot camp, reliant on the founder doing the homework and taking the steps each week to develop their idea and build their
business alongside the sessions.

The program runs for 8 weeks from 15 September, with sessions on Tuesday evenings, 5:30 – 8:30pm, and culminates in the Demo Evening Pitch Showcase on Tuesday, 17 November 2020.

Demo Evening Pitch Showcase
The program culminates in our Demo Evening, where you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your MVP/business and pitch in front of friends, family, industry professionals and investors, and gain further
feedback and guidance from an expert panel. This event can help you to gain experience in pitching and sharing your idea and provides you with an opportunity to foster helpful connections.

Post-program support
When you complete the Pre-Accelerator, there are a number of pathways that Sourdough can help you connect with, as well as provide ongoing post-program mentoring support. Sourdough has established links with local co-working hubs, chambers, professional development resources, investment groups, and Accelerator and Incubator Programs focused on profit-for-purpose, impact, and the circular economy, including Australia’s first circular economy-focused Accelerator, Boomerang Labs. We will work with you post-program to help you connect with the resources to support your future growth pathway.

For the full program outline click here 

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