Friday 8 October 2010

Ideas2Market 2010/11 - Assisting entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business

Ideas2Market 2010/11 - Assisting entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business

Now in its fifth year, the Ideas2Market small business program has assisted more than 1,200 entrepreneurs to take their ideas to market and the 2010/11 program seeks to build on this success with a range of comprehensive and interactive workshops.

An initiative of the Queensland Government's Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, the Ideas2Market program is delivered by the AIC to provide innovators and small-to-medium-enterprises (SMEs) with information and skills to improve their competitive advantage.

This year's program, commencing in November, will be delivered across Queensland in a variety of locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Gympie, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville.
The Ideas2Market program consists of two distinct workshops, Introductory and Masterclass, to cater for those who are looking to start a business or progress an invention, as well as existing businesses that are looking to grow, improve and foster sustainability.

Shelston IP Patent Attorneys deliver the intellectual property module in both the Introductory and Masterclass workshops and will be supporting the program for the second consecutive year.

Genevieve Langbien, Education Manager at the AIC is keen to build on last year's success and assist even more entrepreneurs:

''We assisted 169 inventors, entrepreneurs and small business owners through the Ideas2Market program during 2009/10 and all attendees rated the workshops as excellent. For 97% of attendees, the workshops met or exceeded their expectations and past participants have described the workshops as 'comprehensive, approachable and positive' and 'a valuable source of information for anyone taking their first steps into commercialising an invention.' We are delighted with this feedback and are keen to deliver the program to even more entrepreneurs than last year to assist them in realising their ideas.''

The Ideas2Market workshops run from 8.30am - 5pm, and costs $110 per person (incl. GST) which covers catering on the day and all course materials, however seats are limited. For more information or to register please visit or call the AIC on (07) 3853 5292.


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