Career

Launch Your Dream Sunshine Coast Business With Help From Some Of Australia’s Top Creatives

By Chevaune Hindley
25th Feb 2020

The Refinery Sunshine Coast

We’re going to cut to the chase here because a) We can’t wait to share this with you all and b) You have less than two weeks to apply for this FREE Sunshine Coast mentoring program that will literally change your life.

If you’ve been playing with the perfect creative business idea but haven’t quite got your butt into gear, then this one’s for you. Because the awesome crew at The Refinery have opened applications to their 2020 Creative Incubator Program, accessible to anyone looking to launch a business in the art, style, design, music, entertainment, social enterprise or cultural arena, on the Sunshine Coast.

The Refinery is the region's first creative incubator, designed to support independent artists, early-stage entrepreneurs or anyone already in the creative industry. And to give you an idea of how very cool this program is, we’re going to go straight into name dropping some of the creatives who’ll be mentoring successful applicants through this year’s eight-week training platform. Because let’s face it, it’s not just what you know, but who you know.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with the likes of Frankie Ratford from The Design Kids; Kate Berry, founder of OK Motels and Lunch Lady magazine; Megan Parker, Artistic Director at MONA DarkLabs; Lila Theodoros from Paradiso Magazine; and Fiona Kilackey, small biz columnist at The Design Files. Just to name a few.

Apart from being mentored by some of the smartest creative minds in Australia, you’ll gain the business skills, tools and connections to turn your ideas into reality. Basically everything you need to launch your dream business and never work the boring nine to five again. And did we mention it’s all free? 

So what does it entail exactly? Well, you’ll need to apply online by 5 March, simply by answering a few easy questions. Applicants will then be invited to a bootcamp, where your ideas will be tested and you’ll meet some of the mentors. Then, 15 successful applicants will then be selected for the free eight-week incubator program, including keynote speakers and workshops led by industry experts. You’ll cover everything from branding, marketing, legal info, finance, investment and social impact. And you’ll even be given the chance to participate in a public showcase event to launch your business at the end.

This is such a cool and crazy opportunity to turn your ideas into a sustainable business, whether you’re a creative looking to learn about business, or a business person looking to launch a creative side hustle. This program really is for everyone.

But there’s no time to waste. So head to The Refinery to apply or for more info. And go kick some serious career goals.

The Details

What: The Refinery is a free eight-week incubator program for creatives on the Sunshine Coast.
When: Applications close Thursday 5 March 2020
Where: Sunshine Coast
Cost: Totally free
For more information, click here

Image credit: The Refinery

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