Innovation happens at all stages of the business lifecycle and is not just confined to high tech startups.

Many innovation programs focus solely on startups but that's only the beginning of the story, the growth stage is more challenging. High growth small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are a vital part of any economy. Scale-up programs can make a massive impact on business growth and job creation across all sectors of the economy, not just high tech firms.

A report by Deloitte - The Scale-up Challenge - highlights that higher rates of productivity in high growth firms are dependent on five factors, including improving skills levels, fostering innovation and encouraging investment to underpin growth.

Causeway Innovation has developed an Innovation Master Class program aimed at owner managers of growth oriented SMEs, this program builds a productive peer group and highlights opportunities to grow businesses through innovation.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Owner Manager capacity building and skills development

Growing businesses through multiple types of innovation

Building productive peer groups and networks

Long term strategic support to grow businesses, including accessing funding for growth


WHY WORK WITH US

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Experience

Real world experience from working with over 250 startups and SMEs and 50 of the world's leading companies.

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Understanding

We understand the needs of owner managers of SME - our courses include examples from innovative small businesses.

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Flexible delivery

Course formats minimise time away from work and provide practical tools to apply new ideas to the business.

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Inspiring

Inspiring participants to see more opportunities for their business and providing tools to turn dreams into reality.


Scaleups and SMEs services

 

INNOVATION MASTER CLASS

Format: 2 months, including 4 half day workshops and applied work

The Innovation Master Class is an applied business development program designed to meet the specific needs of owner managers of growth oriented SMEs – a key contributor to innovation, economic and jobs growth in regions.

The program runs over two months and includes four half-day workshops, practical assignments and a final session to present plans and progress to a small invited audience of business and community leaders.

The program takes participants through a step-by-step approach to understand innovation and provides practical tools to help participants apply key concepts to their businesses.

 

Key focus areas

Strategy: clarifying the objectives of the owner manager and business

Generating ideas: where new business ideas come from, digital disruption and opportunities

Evaluate and shortlist ideas – including attractiveness and market validation

Test or pilot: including Minimum Viable Product

Implementation: prioritising actions and making time


MENTORING TO BOOST GROWTH

Format: Bespoke

Colin Graham works closely with a limited number of directors of small to mid sized businesses to facilitate a business planning process to establish a clear business focus, direction and opportunities for innovation.

Initial planning sessions are followed up with mentoring meetings on a bimonthly or quarterly basis to review progress, discuss issues and the way forward.

We also assist these businesses to access grant and investor funding to support their strategic growth. Locally, Advance Queensland offers a suite of programs to support growing businesses, including Accelerate Small Business Grants Program and the Ignite Ideas Fund.

Key focus areas

Establishing clear business focus, direction and opportunities for innovation

Mentoring business strategy planning and progress review

Accessing grant and investor funding


What our clients say

Detailed, focused, a change agent and brilliant administrator. Colin Graham is definitely someone I’d recommend to any company wanting a refresh of strategy and direction.
— Chris Cameron, Director, Rockcote
Colin was instrumental in updating our business plan, boosting the communication of our core strategy. We now have a very persuasive document for potential investors and a direction to follow along our chosen path of global domination.
— Vaughn Henry, Cobra Chilli
Thank you for you time and all your advice once again last week. I really think your sessions are helping us achieve our goals and beyond.
— Norbert Petras, eRUN Coach