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 The Refinery is a Creative Incubator that transforms ideas into sustainable businesses.

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

The Refinery is a creative incubator designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses.

A testing ground and training platform, The Refinery connects the dots between creativity and business, with access to mentors and a network of inspiring industry leaders sharing real time knowledge. 

Working both online and from select venues on the Sunshine Coast, including The Met Maroochydore, 15 participants come together once a week for 15 weeks, culminating in a public showcase event. 

The Refinery presents weekly programmed sessions covering business strategy, market analysis, economic models and connects collaborators and investors to bring ideas to market.

Participants will also get mentoring from leading industry professionals, provide support to each other via a digital platform and gain access to online learning modules which cover the fundamentals of turning an idea into impact.

 

Connect online  as we announce 4.0 Mentors and public events in 2022. 

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 fully subsidised and applications are open to residents across Australia. To participate in The Refinery applicants must attend a one day bootcamp to assess their proposed business idea and must be available to participate in the full program.

Applications for 2022 are open from December 17 until February 1. 

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Program
MARCH 1
WEEK 1
March 29
WEEK 2
April 5
WEEK 3
April 12
WEEK 4
April 19
WEEK 5
April 26 
WEEK 6
May 3
WEEK 7
May 10
WEEK 8
May 17
WEEK 9
May 24
WEEK 10
May 31
WEEK 11
June 7
WEEK 12
June 14
WEEK 13
June 21
WEEK 14
June 28
FRIDAY JULY 5
BOOTCAMP
Designed to evaluate potential applicants, by invitation, and assess their proposed business idea and readiness.
INCUBATOR
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Get to know each other, project partners, alumni + plan for success.
IMPACT + PURPOSE  

Setting a purposeful path; using your business as a force for good, tapping into ethics and impact.

CREATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

Understand your artistic identity, creative product and design, and define/refine your business model.

YOU + THE MARKET 

Who is your customer; identifying the opportunity; product validation, sales and future proofing.

BRAND, IMAGERY AND VISUAL COMMS 

Find your brand’s visual language and social media strategy.

STORYTELLING + PITCHING 

Share your story and purpose along with fundamentals of pitching your business

MAKE YOUR BUSINESS LEGIT 

An introduction to navigating legals, governance, contracts, agreements, IP and future proofing.

SELL IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT

Tap into the money stream, tracking, accounting and forecasting your finances plus copy writing, publicity and social media tips.

CROWDFUNDING + LAUNCH PATH

How might you fund your venture and what is needed to make it a success?

COLLABORATE AND LISTEN

Explore partnership potentials in your business with B2B, corporates and Government bodies.

PITCH PERFECT

Rehearse and refine your pitch with project partners and program alumni.

JUST FOR YOU

Custom content for 4.0 cohort, we’ll finalise this as we get to know you!

YOU GOT THIS

A week to focus on your own priorities + tap into one-on-one opportunities with Project Partners.

PITCH PREP & WHAT NEXT
Rehearsing and refining your presentation for pitch night, your market and potential collaborators.
SHOWCASE!
Take your idea to market and celebrate!
 
 
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Masterclasses

 

2022 Mentors + Facilitators

STAY CONNECTED AS WE ANNOUNCE MORE MENTORS 

Made for the coast

The Refinery is made for creatives on the Sunshine Coast and designed around how we work, practice and live within the region.

Curated by our region's industry leaders, we 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. ​

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Meet the Creatives

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Proud delivery partner

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Supported by

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The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Program development thanks to

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