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The Refinery is a Creative Incubator 

designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses. 

 

The Refinery is

 designed to refine, test and launch ideas into impactful businesses.

The Refinery is a testing ground and training platform that joins the dots between creativity and business, with access to mentors and a network of inspiring industry leaders providing participants with the business skills, tools and connections to turn their idea into a sustainable business. 

The Refinery presents programmed sessions including keynote speakers and workshops lead by industry experts as well as an 8 week incubator, where participants immerse themselves in the space for 2 days a week over  8  weeks, culminating in a public showcase event to launch your business.

The 2020 Refinery Incubator has wrapped. Stay tuned for 2021 announcements and a line-up of events and workshops launching soon. 

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Who is The Refinery for?

 

Made for Creative People

The Refinery is the region's first creative incubator, focused on education, experimentation and creative development, designed to support independent artists, early stage entrepreneurs and creative industry practitioners with an idea ready to go and a drive to use business as a force for good. 

 

Applications are invited from individuals and groups from across the creative sector including visual art, screen, design, architecture, publishing, literature, advertising, media, podcasting, game development, fashion, performing arts, music, heritage and artisan craft. 

The program is free and applications are open to residents across Australia. To participate in The Refinery applicants will be invited to attend a one day bootcamp to assess their proposed business idea.

 
Program
BOOTCAMP
Designed to evaluate potential applicants and assess their proposed business project.
INCUBATOR
WEEK 1
GOALS
Induction; Setting the space and culture, personal development, goals; abundance mindset and one-on-one mentor rotations. 
WEEK 2
CREATIVE BUSINESS MODEL 

Your artistic identity, creative product and business mod

WEEK 3
CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT
Who is your customer; identifying your opportunity; product, sales and future proofing.
WEEK 4
IMPACT AND PURPOSE
Setting a purposeful path; using your business as a force for good.
WEEK 5
BRAND, STORY AND MARKETING
Sharing your brand story and crafting your purpose.
 
SHOWCASE & FUTURE
Rehearsing and refining your presentation to market. 
WEEK 6
WEEK 7
WEEK 8
 

Masterclasses

 
SOUND BUSINESS
Navigating legals, finance and future proofing
PAUSE
Reflection and mentoring

The Mentor Pool

Lunch Lady Magazine
The Design Kids
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ARTCLUB
Josephmark
Hatched
River City Labs
People Make Places
Startup Creative
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Made for the coast

Reimagined for 2020

The Refinery is produced and delivered on the Sunshine Coast and designed around how creatives practice and live within the region.

We will set out to explore future trends, potential disruptions, global challenges and most importantly, deliver an incubator with our unique lifestyle in mind. That means surf breaks, beach walks and iced coffees on us. We will do this in collaboration with an ever-growing network of local, national and international specialists, designers and other forward-thinking partners. 

The program pivots online in 2020 with a testing ground and virtual catalyst space where participants can connect with world-class mentors and collaborate with industry peers.

PRESENTED BY

 
 

Meet the Creatives

   An initiative of

   Industry Partners

 
 

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We would like to acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional owners, the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi)  people, whose country we create on and we would like to extend our respect to their elders, both past, present and emerging.