• Business of Entrepreneurship Program

Business of Entrepreneurship Program

Startups and scaleups in Queensland have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Some have been hit hard, others have seen business boom. BDO has partnered with Advance Queensland and the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to deliver virtual financial education programs to three different categories of startups, Increasers, Runway Extenders and Rebooters. For more information, contact Marc Orchard.


Start to Scale Program

This two-day virtual workshop is open to regional and metro-based startups in Queensland who have increased momentum through COVID 19. If you have seen a significant increase in growth and want to make the most of this opportunity to scale rapidly, enrol now.

Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 25



Runway Extenders Program

This two-day virtual workshop is open to startups in Queensland who have kept trading through COVID 19 but need a better understanding of their runway. If you are unsure of your cash position, how much runway you have left or how you can pivot to emerge a stronger, leaner and better business, enrol today.

Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 40


“Being an entrepreneur means starting and building a successful business from scratch, which can also lead to creative, innovative approaches, and risk which others might avoid. Queensland based startups now have the opportunity to enhance their business knowledge in “The Business of Entrepreneurship”. There has never been a greater need for financial acumen as there is now during COVID, and I am pleased that BDO is offering financial education in this way.” 

Leanne Kemp
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

“Advance Queensland is a passionate supporter of Queensland startups and in assisting them to develop the skills they need to successfully run and grow their businesses.  Through this partnership with BDO, I look forward to helping our talented entrepreneurs and founders with the support they need to help them survive and thrive, and to continue to create jobs now and for the future.”

Dr Sarah Pearson
Deputy Director-General, Innovation, Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation

Meet your Program Facilitators

BDO’s Financial Educators are committed to helping early-stage, high growth companies become scalable, investable and saleable. Tanya and Marc have over 20 years of experience working with startup and scaleup founders from across the globe.

Tanya Titman, Head of Strategic Innovation

National Lead, Financial Education


Tanya has a unique skill set being a startup founder, startup investor, accountant, mentor, and financial educator. With this combination, she has a great depth of knowledge in relation to startups and excels at explaining complex financial concepts in language you understand.

As the founder of BDO’s Financial education programs, her purpose is to improve the financial literacy of early-stage, high growth startups, globally, so they can achieve their dreams. Tanya is widely recognised for her innovation initiatives and heads up BDO’s Strategic Innovation program.

Tanya has been delivering financial education programs to startup and scaleup businesses for over five years. She is excited about bringing this education program to regional Queensland thanks to support from Advance Queensland.

Director of Startups


Marc is the Director of Startups at BDO and the founder of the BDO for Startups program. Prior to this, he was the Brisbane City Manager of Fishburners, an award-winning co-working space for early-stage tech startups.

Marc has also previously started, scaled and sold his own financial planning firm, which he grew from $0 to $30 million of funds under management in less than three years.

Marc has extensive experience in early stage, high growth company advisory, capital raising and board management and is well connected in the Australian startup ecosystem.

His goal is to help passionate founders grow world-class companies, and to empower Queensland’s startup ecosystem to become a mecca for the world's best scaling companies.

Options for founders considering their next steps

If you’re a founder or an early stage, high growth company looking to looking to pivot, pause or plan an exit in the next 6 to 12 months, then we’ve created a masterclass to arm you with the skills and knowledge to achieve the best outcome for you.

Reboot Your Business Masterclass

This masterclass is for startups who want to keep their option open and explore staying in business, pausing their business or potentially exiting their business. If you’re looking to pivot, pause or potentially exit your company in the next 6 to 12 months, this masterclass is for you.

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