The inaugural Destination Entrepreneur program began in June 2016 and concluded in May 2017 after a ten-part workshop series. 

During 10 2 hour workshops, participants heard inspiring keynotes, interviews and case-studies, engaged in creative and practical activities, and worked both collaboratively and independently to learn the most optimum ways in which to generate, develop and launch ideas. 

At the conclusion of the workshop program, participants were provided with mentoring by a specialist in their particular field of interest or need.  An invaluable opportunity for business people of all levels of experience!  

The 2016/17 program results are detailed below. The Destination Entrepreneur team are phenomenally proud of the hard work and achievements of the participants.


Topics covered in the program included:

  • What is Innovation and why your business needs it.

  • Trend analysis and forecasting.

  • Mega trends and spotting opportunities.

  • Design Thinking and customer-centric innovation: Understanding your customer better than they understand themselves

  • Integrating design into every business area

  • How to generate ideas that will deliver a profit

  • How to turn ideas into a reality: The innovation process.

  • Innovating on a budget. 

  • Low cost testing and prototyping.

  • Understanding the crowd: Funding, sourcing, IP, collaboration.

  • Open innovation and collaboration. 

  • How to present and pitch your ideas. 


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