Sunshine Cycles

For electric-bike startup company Sunshine Cycles, support from Jobs for NSW Local Innovation Network member Sourdough Business Pathways at Byron Bay has helped accelerate its business journey and put it on the road to success.
Sunshine Cycles founder Luke Young was mentored by Sourdough when he first set off on his startup venture, and has since gone from strength to strength with his plans to develop a solar powered electric bike company.

“When I first started out I had my idea but really didn’t have any understanding or background on what was involved in developing my startup,” Mr Young said.
“Sourdough really helped me develop my ideas based on what might work and what wouldn’t. I also got into the EnergyLab accelerator program which helped me to apply research and development to redesign my work.”

Mr Young, who previously worked as an industrial abseiler in the oil and gas industry, said he developed his startup in the hope of providing a more sustainable future.
He has now secured $300,000 funding from Origin Energy towards his plans to develop 10 solar powered ‘sun-pods’ that will each be used to house and recharge electric bikes.

“The sun- pods will provide a solar powered fully automated bike rental system,” Mr Young said.
“People who register by downloading our app will be able to access the sun-pods and hire our electric bikes and then bring them back for charging through an automated docking system.
“These sun-pods will be placed in tourist areas from the Tweed down to Ballina. Electric bikes are a great way for tourists to get around and our bikes have the added advantage of being recharged by solar energy which is attractive from an environmental perspective.

Northern Rivers Screenworks

For electric-bike startup company Sunshine Cycles, support from Jobs for NSW Local Innovation Network member Sourdough Business Pathways at Byron Bay has helped accelerate its business journey and put it on the road to success.
Sunshine Cycles founder Luke Young was mentored by Sourdough when he first set off on his startup venture, and has since gone from strength to strength with his plans to develop a solar powered electric bike company.

Screenworks approached Sourdough Business Pathways for support when most of their Federal Government funding was removed and they were faced with the need to become more self-sustainable.

This represented major change for their organisation and Ken Crouch wisely recognised the need for professional guidance.

We appointed a ‘master’ mentor who worked with the Screenworks team to refocus their business and develop a way forward strategy.
We put their team through a series of accelerator sessions to help embed the new culture and operations and prepare for growth.

Screenworks are now on a sustainable path and experiencing significant growth. Their master mentor, Peter Bowen, has now joined their board and works within the organisation to support and guide their growth. Sourdough Business Pathways is proud to have provided such professional support to ensure their growth and success.

Enova Energy

Enova Energy is a new electricity retailer providing the opportunity for participation in building Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailing and installation business. Enova Energy is being formed as a social enterprise by local residents of the Northern Rivers region to deliver environmental and community benefits as well as making returns to community investors.

Enova Energy is committed to ensuring it is majority-owned by the community (as shareholders). Enova Energy will provide community benefits through direct employment and flow on jobs in many areas of the community.

Sourdough Business Pathways has assisted Enova by facilitating an accelerator session with their board and senior management. This session was attended by six senior members of our asset group and focused on the promotion and marketing of the Enova offering. We subsequently organised information sessions with high net worth individuals who were interested in the venture. In addition we arranged some media coverage and provided video presentations by key Sourdough members for promotion on their website. Enova have established their funding targets and will be commencing operations in line with expectations in 2016.
Enova Energy Founders, Alison Crook , Steve Harris, Melissa Mac Court, Patrick Halliday are to be congratulated for this visionary project. Sourdough Business Pathways is proud to have been involved by providing our encouragement and support.

Screenworks approached Sourdough Business Pathways for support when most of their Federal Government funding was removed and they were faced with the need to become more self-sustainable.

This represented major change for their organisation and Ken Crouch wisely recognised the need for professional guidance.

We appointed a ‘master’ mentor who worked with the Screenworks team to refocus their business and develop a way forward strategy.
We put their team through a series of accelerator sessions to help embed the new culture and operations and prepare for growth.

Screenworks are now on a sustainable path and experiencing significant growth. Their master mentor, Peter Bowen, has now joined their board and works within the organisation to support and guide their growth. Sourdough Business Pathways is proud to have provided such professional support to ensure their growth and success.