From lock down to start-up: Innovation Hubs launch business program


From lock down to start-up: Innovation Hubs launch business program

Charles Sturt Innovation Hubs' Ready to Launch program to take regional start-up ideas from concept to fruition.

  • Charles Sturt Incubator Hubs’ Ready to Launch program to commence on Monday 8 March
  • Regional start-up founder and entrepreneurs will be able to develop their ideas during the 10-week program
  • This is the eighth time the University has run this program

Regional start-ups and entrepreneurs who developed business ideas during the COVID-19 lockdown will be able to see them come to fruition with the Charles Sturt University Innovation Hubs’ Ready to Launch program.

The Innovation Hubs is preparing for the delivery of its eighth ‘Ready to Launch program, which is designed to help regional innovators make their business ideas a reality.

The program will be led by Mr Stephen Rutter (pictured, inset) and commence on Monday 8 March.

The successful applicants will be joined by expert-in-residence entrepreneurs for the 10-week online course to learn how to apply start-up principles, develop connections to advance a business idea, test the market for an idea and create a business plan using a business model canvas.

Acting Manager of the Charles Sturt Innovation Hubs Ms Siobhain Howard said the University was excited to offer a program that supports regional start-ups.

“We’re so excited to be offering our eighth Ready to Launch Incubator program. This program is an immersive online experience open to anyone with a business idea in regional NSW,” she said.

“Participants will also be taught the skills and mindset required to enable them to progress on the entrepreneurial journey.”

Participants will be required to attend Zoom sessions every Monday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

They will then pitch their ideas to a live audience at the conclusion of the program.

Previous participant Mr Adam Drummond developed Lenser, a digital media platform offering news publishers access to real local, national and international news uploads via amateur and professional portals.

“Without the Charles Sturt University Ready to Launch program, I would not have been able to fast track my business idea so quickly,” he said.

“By having 10 weeks of solid focus on the foundations of my business, I have gained new contacts, new ideas on marketing and networking opportunities and learned how to articulate my pitch with a pitch deck and audience-based pitches.”

Complete the online form to apply to the program.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Siobhain Howard, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0429 217 026 or

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