Accelerator Programs

We have a saying at Smart Precinct NQ that if you want to go fast go alone but if you want to go far go together.  

About

Smart Precinct NQ provides several programs for inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and grow their business.

  • We help all types of organisations with all different types of ideas.
  • Researchers – to refine business model, commercialise research connect into industry.
  • Product Inventors who have an idea or prototype that could revolutionise their industry (such as Trades, Mining, Manufacturing, agriculture.
  • Inventors and Entrepreneurs with high growth critical technologies, software and hardware solutions.
  • Service Industry – start and grow a competitive practice or shop.

Ivan Brewer is the Founder of Peiso, the world’s first hospitality profitability software. He shares his experience in the Startup Onramp Founders Course:

peiso.com.au

Talking to professionals and guest speakers about their journeys and experiences was incredibly valuable.

Aaron Rieniets

Founder , Tan Lines

“Dare to Think Big” Pre-Accelerator ©  

The “Dare to Think Big” Pre-Accelerator program is a short intensive program to create and refine a concept or idea.  

It is suitable for anyone that has a concept or idea for a new business that they would like to test, validate and explore with experienced entrepreneurs and business mentors. 

    Dare to think big pre-accelerator

     

    Duration1 day
    Topics
    • Ideas Funnel
    • Vision Canvas and Conceptualisation
    • Business Model Masterclass
    • Peer to Peer Mastermind Workshop
    Investment$250 inc GST (Subsidised by Advance Queensland and Townsville City Council)
    Next Dates28 September 2022 – Register here
    Other Inclusions
    • Mentoring Session
    • Insights and Resources
    • Invitation to meetups and ecosystem events
    • A digital badge and micro-credential for your LinkedIn and CV.

    Smart Business Accelerator © 

    The Smart Business Accelerator is suitable for founders with early-stage business ideas in professional services, trades, retail, hospitality and social enterprise.

    Owning and running a small business is hard but rewarding.

    Did you know that Small Businesses account for 98% of the businesses in Australia, are the nation’s largest employer and contributes 34% to the country’s GDP? Yet 50% of Small Businesses fail in the first 5 years. When a small business fails it has compounding impacts to the founder’s family, finances, and mental health. In this accelerator program you will learn skills and strategies to give your new business idea to survive.

      smart business accelerator
      Duration

      6 weeks – 2-hour workshops (face to face or zoom)

      Businesses can expect to spend 1 hour between sessions on pre reading and implementing activities in the business and will attend 3 one on one mentoring sessions.

        Topics
        Business Essentials 
        • Setting up for success:
        • Director and Owner Obligations
        • Balancing Personal , work and cultural needs
        • Insurance and Recordkeeping
        • Protecting your IP
        Cash is King
        • Uncovering the real numbers behind your business model
        • Understanding Financials for Decision Makers
        • Financing and Cashflow options
        Messaging Magic
        • Personal and Business Brand
        • Marketing and Media Fundamentals
        • Websites and Social Media
        Systems for Success
        • Policies and Procedures
        • Digital Action Plan
        • Fundamental systems
        • Cyber Security
        Support Systems
        • Peer to Peer Mastermind Workshop
        • Where to Next
          Investment$550 inc GST Generously subsidised by Advance Queensland and Townsville City Council.
          Next Dates

          3rd October 20226th March 20233rd July 2023

          EOI open – contact us at info@spnq.org

          Other Inclusions
          • Pre reading
          • Pre – Post and Six-Month Check in Mentoring Session
          • Invitation to Meetups and ecosystem events
          • Insights and publications
          • Invitation to join an SME Advisory Board
          • A digital badge and micro-credential for your LinkedIn and CV.
          Pre-requisitesIt is recommended that you consider completing the Smart Precinct NQ Pre-Accelerator Program before undertaking this program but if you are unsure, please contact us and we can put you in touch with a mentor to discuss.

          Shape the Future Accelerator © 

          Do you have a business idea that could change the world?

          The Shape the Future Accelerator is suitable for entrepreneurs, innovators, creators and product designers with global, national, and regional ambitions and opportunities for high growth acceleration.

          You’ll learn the fundamentals of launching a start-up, including how to set up a business, source initial funding, refine your lean canvas, define your customer, and develop a go-to-market strategy.

            Shape the future accelerator
            Duration

            10 weeks – 1.5-hour workshops (face to face or zoom)

            Followed by 2 weeks of post workshop activity completion in own time with mentoring.

            Participants can expect to spend at least 1 hour for pre reading each week and more for activities and to prepare for the award ceremony.

              Topics

              This program is run by Smart Precinct NQ’s business and investment lead Dr Lydia Canovas and supported by amazing guest speakers.

              • Start – Up Essentials
              • Being comfortable with discomfort – Success, failure, Mindset and Motivation
              • Lean Canvases (Business Model, Vision, Context and User Journey)
              • Goals and KPI’s
              • Validating your idea
              • Building and launching
              • Naming and branding
              • Sales and marketing
              • Legal basics
              • Financing and Investment Options
              Cohorts

              There are several focus areas for cohorts to this accelerator. This is so that in addition to the topics and inclusions it presents an opportunity for collaboration, connection in a non-competitive way to help drive your business forward.

              Developing Northern Australia
              Open for expressions of interest from entrepreneurs, researchers and product developers that provide solutions that will support the development of Northern Australia. Includes solutions including supply chain security, sovereign capability, agriculture, mining, health, energy, defence industry, applied technologies, and transportation to name a few.

              Cohorts – Commencing On
              1st March 2023. (Register Interest – Enquiry Form)

              General
              Open for expressions of interest from entrepreneurs, researchers and product developers regardless of industry, focus or solution

              Cohorts – Commencing On
              1st June 2023 (Register Interest – Enquiry Form)

              Business for Good
              Open for expressions of interest from entrepreneurs, researchers and product developers that provide solutions that have a social, environmental, community for impact for good.

              Cohorts – Commencing On
              1st September 2023. (Register Interest – Enquiry Form)

              Investment$550 inc GST Generously subsidised by Townsville City Council valued at 3,500.00
              Next DatesRegister your interest
              Other Inclusions
              • Pre – Post and Six-Month Check in Mentoring Session
              • Invitation to Meetups and ecosystem events
              • Insights and publications
              • Invitation to join an SME Advisory Board
              •  A digital badge and micro-credential for your LinkedIn and CV.
              Pre-requisitesIt is recommended that you consider completing the Smart Precinct NQ Pre-Accelerator Program before undertaking this program but if you are unsure, please contact us and we can put you in touch with a mentor to discuss.