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.
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.
Designed to evaluate potential applicants and assess their proposed business project.
Induction; Setting the space and culture, personal development, goals; abundance mindset and one-on-one mentor rotations.
CREATIVE BUSINESS MODEL
Your artistic identity, creative product and business mod
CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT
Who is your customer; identifying your opportunity; product, sales and future proofing.
IMPACT AND PURPOSE
Setting a purposeful path; using your business as a force for good.
BRAND, STORY AND MARKETING
Sharing your brand story and crafting your purpose.
SHOWCASE & FUTURE
Rehearsing and refining your presentation to market.
Navigating legals, finance and future proofing
Reflection and mentoring
The Mentor Pool
Kate BerryLunch Lady Magazine
Frankie RatfordThe Design Kids
Peta EllisRiver City Labs
Brendan BealePeople Make Places
Kay LangfordStartup Creative
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.
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