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Find out more with our Lighthouse Infographic - 'Celebrating 7 Years of Business Support and Innovation in Canberra'

 

yogie awards 2016 teen start upThe Yogie Awards recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. The Yogie Awards are an initiative of the Youth Coalition of the ACT and supported by the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government .

Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse) received a Certificate of Commendation for the Teen Start-Up program in the Innovation in Service Delivery Category.

teams workingA good school education matters, but is it enough?

Schools can only cover so many things in the curriculum, but research shows that many of the secrets for living and working successfully in the 21st Century are qualities rather than skills – persistence when things get tough; the confidence to put forward ideas and try new things; the willingness to put aside preconceived ideas and think outside the box; resilience to try again when you fail; and the tolerance to look at things from different perspectives before deciding which option to follow.

The Teen Accelerator is an initiative of Anna Pino and Candice Edye from Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre. They have combined their psychology backgrounds with their passion and experience supporting Canberra’s entrepreneurs to develop a 6-week after school program open to teens from Year 6 to 12.

Box smlAs the year starts to ramp up, we thought it was time to take a breather and share some of our experiences from 2015 - experiences that most start up and early stage growth companies can or will relate to.

Last year we did two pretty challenging things – we negotiated a deal with an investor and we pitched for an innovation grant. Something we advise and mentor on every day, but when the shoe was on our collective foot – it was a whole new experience.

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1For entrepreneurs a good idea can be everything! Even though the chance of success is minimal, these ideas give them something to aspire to (not to mention, some of these ideas make people obscenely rich!) If you're waiting for the ingenious idea to inspire you, some good advice is to dumb it down!

This month we thought we would welcome the festive seasons with a few laughs – here are a few (what seem like) ridiculous ideas that came with even more ridiculous success! Maybe you'll be inspired?

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1Whether your content is being consumed via social channels or on a website, visual content remains a powerful tool in marketing – but only if done and used correctly.

November's challenges look closely at developing content for marketing, particularly how visual content can enhance your message.

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1Developing new products or modifying existing products so they appear new is important to keep up with changing customer needs.

There is nothing simple about the process – it requires keen attention to competitors, knowledge of changing customer needs now and in the future, the ability to finance prototypes and manufacturing processes, as well as a creative marketing plan!

October's challenges look at the process of product development.

 

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to work on your business (not just in it), check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about your business.

September's focus is on the not-for-profit sector

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to develop your business, check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about business.

August's focus is on retail. Whether your store is bricks or clicks, established or a retail newbie; this month's challenges will get you working on your business and not just in it.

 

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to work on your business not just in it, check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about business.

July's focus will be on Globalisation; particularly its impact on small business and start-ups and what to consider before going global!

 

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to work on your business not just in it, check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about an aspect of your business.

June's daily challenges will be focus on the Future of Work.

 

 

Lighthouse Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to work on your business not just in it, check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about an aspect of your business.

May's daily challenges will be focus on getting to know your customer.

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If your New Year's resolution for 2015 is to work on your business (not just in it), look out for our daily online posts that get you thinking differently about an aspect of your business.

If you knew how to become highly recommended, how fast could you grow your business?

Our March challenge is about harnessing the Power of Word-of-Mouth in your business.

Lighthouse-Logo FBChallenges1If in 2015, you are looking to work on your business not just in it, check out our weekday posts that get you thinking differently about an aspect of your business.

April's focus will be on Service Marketing.

 

 

 

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If your New Year's resolution for 2015 is to work on your business (not just in it), look out for our daily online posts that get you thinking differently about an aspect of your business.

For the month of February, our daily challenges will be all about 'Funding Your Idea'!