• Business of Entrepreneurship Program

Business of Entrepreneurship Program

After an extremely positive response to the first round of programs, BDO is happy to announce the continuation of the Business of Entrepreneurship in conjunction with Advance Queensland and the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. This round of programs will be delivered virtually and face-to-face. We are focused on supporting regional startups and founders in diversity groups. To obtain more information or to discuss eligibility criteria contact our team.

 

Start to Scale Program (Virtual)

This two-day virtual workshop is open to regional and metro-based startups in Queensland who have increased momentum over the past 6-12 months. If you have seen a significant increase in growth and want to make the most of this opportunity to scale rapidly, apply today.

Date: Tuesday 16 February and Tuesday 23 February 2021
Price:
Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 25

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Runway Extender Program (Virtual)

This two-day virtual workshop is open to Queensland startups who 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, apply today.

Date: Tuesday 23 March and Tuesday 30 March 2021
Price:
Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 25

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Cairns Acceler8or Program (Face-to-face)

This face-to-face Accleler8or Program is for startups based in and around Cairns. Over two-days you will learn how to interpret your financial statements, build a comprehensive financial strategy and revenue model for your busines. You will also learn key cash flow concepts and create a weekly forecast.

Date: Tuesday 06 April and Wednesday 07 April 2021
Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 20

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Mackay Acceler8or Program (Face-to-face)

This face-to-face Accleler8or Program is for startups based in and around Mackay. Over two-days you will learn how to interpret your financial statements, build a comprehensive financial strategy and revenue model for your busines. You will also learn key cash flow concepts and create a weekly forecast.

Date: Tuesday 27 April and Wednesday 28 April 2021
Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 20

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Female-founder Acceler8or Program (Face-to-face)

This face-to-face Accleler8or Program is for female founders of startups or scaleups from throughout Queensland. Over two-days you will learn how to interpret your financial statements, build a comprehensive financial strategy and revenue model for your busines. You will also learn key cash flow concepts and create a weekly forecast. Our intention is to create a cohort of women who lift each other up and continue to support each other even after this program has finished.

Date: Tuesday 18 May and Tuesday 25 May 2021
Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 20

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Acceler8ing Inclusion Program (Face-to-face)

This face-to-face BDO Acceler8or program is designed with all Queensland founders in mind, to ensure that no one is left behind. We are committed to ensuring the workshop is as open as possible with the opportunity for equal access to our financial literacy programs.

Date: Tuesday 29 June and Wednesday 30 June 2021
Price: Free (usually $990)
Spaces: Limited to 20

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“Advance Queensland is pleased to continue this much needed financial education program in conjunction with BDO. More than 130 founders have now been through the program and we look forward to helping more talented entrepreneurs with the support they need to help them survive and thrive, and to continue to create jobs now and into the future. I’m also excited that the program has been extended to support female and Indigenous founders in an even more deliberate way.”

Sarah Pearson
Deputy Director-General, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

What other startups are saying about the programs

In 2020, through this partnership, BDO delivered online financial education programs to over 130 Queensland startups, helping to improve their business acumen, financial literacy, investability and growth plans. Here’s what  they are saying about their experience.

“I attended both the Start to Scale and the Runway Extender program with BDO for Startups. I believe hands down, it is the most beneficial program in the startup ecosystem in Queensland right now. It's helped turn us from a struggling startup to a profitable company. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is on their startup journey.”

JAKE BAIRD
CO-FOUNDER, ABODABLE

“I was fortunate to get a spot in the Business of Entrepreneurship program with Marc Orchard and the BDO team. Even with eight years working in and on startups, I got so much out of it. The sessions were not only comprehensive but incredibly practical so we all walked out of there with an action plan and some working elements already, plus someone to reach out to for help in future. I've now recommended this course to loads of other startups – this content is critical to their survival and growth.”

KATIE RICHARDS
CEO & FOUNDER, LAW ON EARTH

“If financial literacy is not your strong point, or business finance keeps you up at night, this program is for you! Having produced numerous financial forecasts in the past, none made more sense or were as simple to produce than the ones you will walk away with from this virtual workshop.”

DAN KERR
CEO, SERVICE.COM.AU

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

Leanne Kemp
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Oct 2019 - Dec 2020

Meet your Program Facilitators

BDO’s Financial Educators are committed to helping early-stage, high growth companies become scalable, investable and saleable. Marc has over 15 years experience working with startup and scaleup founders from across the globe.

MARC ORCHARD
Director of Startups

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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.

Rebecca White

REBECCA WHITE
Director of Financial Education

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Rebecca is a specialist in financial education, sales and marketing. She has delivered financial education to startups and SME’s for over six years.

As a previous business owner, Rebecca approaches training and financial education from the position of a business owner, she speaks in a language you understand. Her focus is to leave participants feeling more confident and empowered thanks to a greater understanding of their numbers.

Rebecca has a particular passion for supporting female led startups with an exclusive aim of helping women have more money, more time and less stress in their lives.

Her mission is to improve the financial literacy of business leaders, globally, so they can achieve their dreams.