A dynamic series of events, masterclasses and meet-ups to create a future for your ideas.

Events, workshops and masterclasses

You've heard from guest speakers, you've chatted with clever people like you, now it's time to take action to bring your idea to life.

It's best if you can attend all classes and workshops, as each will contain information relevant to any startup business, but you can also choose to attend the units most relevant to where you're at.


Hear from inspirational guest speakers who have turned their ideas into awesome businesses. Hear the steps they took to acheive success and learn how these can be applied to your business idea.


This is where the theory behind transforming your idea into a business is presented in a casual atmosphere. The masterclasses will get you thinking about new angles for your business and give a wholistic overview to getting it off the ground.


Enough listening, it’s time to start working on your business idea! The hands-on workshops are where all the theory learnt in the masterclasses is applied to your business model.


Meetups are all about being social, so come along and have a drink and some nibbles with like-minded people. They're a great chance to network and talk to your peers about your cool new idea.

Oh, and did we mention cash to help? Yep a cool $10,000 is on offer to one of our participants.

How do I get my hands on the cash?

We know, we get it, the cash would be very handy towards your great new business. To be eligible for the cash it is expected that you would have attended most of the Masterclasses and Workshops and have worked on your business model to get it to the point where you are ready to tell the world about it!

At the end of the program there will be a Bootcamp, this will be the next level in your business preparation. 

Once you are Bootcamp ready a Pitch Event will take place – think Shark Tank, (don’t worry, you will be ready!) where the winning pitch will win $10,000 to put towards their business.

Workshop 5 - Where Do I Want to Go, and How the Hell Do I Get There?

Thu 30 May 5:30 pm

Plan for the future and learn from the past
  • Develop aims and objectives
  • Set a strategy
  • Identify a plan 
The Party People

Fri 07 Jun 7:30 pm

Festivals and Music Event

The Ideas Place is for thinkers, doers and bright sparks across the southwest. For this special Winter Weekends event, it’s hosting an evening with speakers who are in the business of bringing people together.

Music Meetup

Fri 14 Jun 7:00 pm

Music Meetup

Featuring a guest performance by Joe Gardner on Alderwood Speakers with talks from Ali Kavanagh (Archie Roach), Sam Pyers (Goomfest) and Joe Gardner (Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival), this Ideas Place meetup is a Friday night event not to be missed!

Masterclass 4 - Financial Basics

Thu 20 Jun 5:30 pm

Getting you started by understanding the basics
  • What are financial statements and how are they used
  • What is a burn rate?
  • What does “runway” mean?
Workshop 6 - Show me the Money!

Thu 27 Jun 5:30 pm

The importance of building a model
  • Setting up a framework
  • What inputs to I need?
  • The key to assumptions
Masterclass 5 - Key Aspects of Pitching

Thu 04 Jul 5:30 pm

How to make your pitch perfect
  • Know your audience
  • It’s more than just a pitch deck
  • Practice makes perfect
Workshop 7 - Developing a Pitch Deck

Thu 18 Jul 5:30 pm

So... what's a pitch deck and why do I need one?
  • Create your awesome pitch deck
  • Work on your messaging
  • Test and revise 
Education Focused Event

Thu 25 Jul 5:00 pm

Education Focused

Rad Stickers  - Youth start-ups – up starts  - DETAILS TBC

What’s your bold business idea?

We know you’ve got one and we think it could be great.
The Ideas Place is all about exploring, fostering and developing business ideas just like yours.

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