The Clever Startup Workshops

Be Your Own Boss in 6 Months without Quitting your Day-Job

Starting up is hard, right? So few hours, and SO few resources.
You could do with a boost. From your peers and from the experts who’ve done it all before.
This workshop event could change everything ….

6 – 8 PM – WEDNESDAY NOV 1
Level 3 50 York St, Sydney

            Seats are limited – booking required.

The Clever Startup Workshops

Be Your Own Boss in 6 Months without Quitting your Day-Job

Starting up is hard, right? So few hours, and SO few resources.
You could do with a boost. From your peers and from the experts who’ve
done it all before. This workshop event could change everything ….

6 – 8 PM – WEDNESDAY NOV 1
Level 3 50 York St, Sydney

        Seats are limited – booking required.

Find Out More

The Clever Startup Workshops

Be Your Own Boss in 6 Months without Quitting your Day-Job

Starting up is hard, right? So few hours, and SO few resources.You could do with a boost. From your peers and from the experts who’ve done it all before. This workshop event could change everything ….

6 – 8 PM – WEDNESDAY NOV 1
Level 3 50 York St, Sydney

Seats are limited – booking required.

Find out more!

With

Rick Chisholm

Entrepreneur and founder of over 30 successful startups

Networking Event

2 Expert Workshops

And

Declan Burton-Clark

Creative Financing Strategy Expert

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

A room full of like-minded start-ups and entrepreneurs with a passion for learning and growth!

  • Share your journey with this amazing group of individuals and feel empowered to succeed!
  • Claim the spotlight and present your business to a group of friendly and supportive fellow start-ups as well as highly experienced entrepreneurs
  • Validate your idea if you are still developing your business
  • Learn the ins and outs, tricks and hacks of business from experts
  • Find your new partner or intern
  • Pitch your startup and find investors or partners

The first half hour is networking then our guest presenters will start.

Session 1 is with Rick Chisholm on Find the Time to get your Startup off the ground

How do you find the time to get your new venture started? You can’t quit your job or you’ll run out of dough.. And you can’t really grow your new business if you’re still working your day-job. So, what to do?

Hear Rick’s experience in how he managed to launch several new startups over the years, initially whilst still employed and later while having other businesses running.

If you thought you only had 24 hours in a day, think again!

AND

Session 2 is with Declan Burton-ClarkHow to find Creative Funding Options for your Startups

Different Types of Finance and Do some Explanations on How to Get “Ready” for them as an Early Stage or Growing SME (Small to Medium Enterprise), including:

  • Cash Flow Solutions (Line of Credit & Overdraft Facilities, Working Capital & Debtor Finance)
  • Short-Term Unsecured Finance
  • Start Ups & New ABN’s
  • Franchise Purchases & Business Acquisitions
  • Equipment Finance
  • Commercial Property Purchases
  • Development Finance (Subdivision, Unit/Townhouse Developments)

Declan will also show you a number of tools to assist SME owners getting ready for finance and setting up plans for future finance needs.

Then we’ll hear from a number of Startups refining their pitches, seeking exposure, feedback and even funding with Q and A finishing with voting and prizes and a recap. (For those that who wanna kick on after 8 pm… it’s off to the pub or hang around!

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Who is this event for?

  • Business owners, startups, and professionals like yourself
  • Experts across a range of fields and industries looking to expand their networks
  • Entrepreneurs looking to gain feedback and support from their peers
A few Startups are given the opportunity to present their business to the group. Those Startups are given specific and constructive feedback by our panel of experienced entrepreneurs as well as the audience on the following:

  • Their business idea and its marketability and sustainability
  • The strengths and weaknesses observed in their pitch
  • How investible their business model is
  • Their presentation of the business
  • Feedback on how all of the above can be improved
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WHAT YOU GET

  • 2 presentations with actionable insights you can start implementing straight away
  • A network of like-minded peers
  • Prizes for the best business pitches
  • Free copy of the 172 page book, ‘Business Success for Life’

Who will you meet?

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Here are some examples of professionals and potential partners you might be meeting on the day that attended our last event.

  • Audio Visual Experts
  • Asset and Property Protection Expert
  • Accountants
  • Angel Inventors
  • Architect
  • Book-keeper
  • Business Advisor
  • Commercial Lawyer
  • Branding and Trademark Lawyer
  • Business Continuity Expert
  • Business Coaches
  • Business Consultants
  • Business Lending Specialists
  • Buyers Agents
  • Conveyancing
  • CRM Expert
  • Customs / Freight Forwarding
  • Custom Software Solutions programmers
  • Outsourcing Specialist
  • Project Engineer
  • Photographer
  • PR & Media Consultant
  • Professional Business Trainers
  • Property Advisor
  • Public Speakers
  • Referral Marketing Expert
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Trainers
  • SEO and SEM Consultant
  • Security Expert
  • Life Insurance Advisor
  • Social Media Marketing consultants,
  • Digital Marketing
  • Event Manager
  • Facebook Expert
  • Family Lawyer
  • Financial Planner
  • Government Grants Expert
  • Graphic Artist
  • Home and Business Automation Solutions Expert
  • Insurance Broker
  • Importing Compliance Expert
  • IT Expert
  • Lending Broker
  • AI Consultant
  • Logistics & 3PL
  • Martial Arts Instructors
  • Online Course Developer
  • SME Public Relations and Content Marketing
  • Small Business Specialist
  • Travel Agent
  • Website & App Developers
  • Videographer
  • 6 Sigma/QA expert
  • LinkedIn Lead Generation
  • And Many Many More

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTERS:

Rick Chisholm: Host and Presenter

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Rick Chisholm As the founder of InnovestSME, Lightsounds, LSW, Light Emotion and Author of Business Success for Life, Rick helps owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) achieve and exceed their business goals. And unlike other business coaches, he actually walks the talk – He has started and grown over 30+ SMEs in a variety of industries and turned over in excess of $300 million. He has experienced great success, but he has also failed. He’s been near broke more than once. He’s been sued. In 1990, thanks to the recession ‘we had to have’, his first million-dollar-business took a big hit and revenue more than halved.

The lesson is that for any SME, struggle precedes success. Rick has faced and overcome the exact same business challenges you are facing right now and can help you do the same.

Declan Burton-Clark: Guest Presenter

Rick Linkedin Profile

Declan Burton-ClarkDeclan is the Head of Sales at Valiant, and he is a passionate SME advocate. One of the main reasons businesses go under is due to poor cash flow management and getting locked in to the wrong finance facility, not necessarily because they are not profitable. Declan’s mission is to ensure the SME owners of Australia are aware of alternate sources of funding so they can make informed decisions around business financing

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTERS:

Rick Chisholm: Host and Presenter

Rick Linkedin Profile

Rick Chisholm As the founder of InnovestSME, Lightsounds, LSW, Light Emotion and Author of Business Success for Life, Rick helps owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) achieve and exceed their business goals. And unlike other business coaches, he actually walks the talk – He has started and grown over 30+ SMEs in a variety of industries and turned over in excess of $300 million. He has experienced great success, but he has also failed. He’s been near broke more than once. He’s been sued. In 1990, thanks to the recession ‘we had to have’, his first million-dollar-business took a big hit and revenue more than halved.

The lesson is that for any SME, struggle precedes success. Rick has faced and overcome the exact same business challenges you are facing right now and can help you do the same.

Declan Burton-Clark: Guest Presenter

Rick Linkedin Profile

Declan Burton-ClarkDeclan is the Head of Sales at Valiant, and he is a passionate SME advocate. One of the main reasons businesses go under is due to poor cash flow management and getting locked in to the wrong finance facility, not necessarily because they are not profitable. Declan’s mission is to ensure the SME owners of Australia are aware of alternate sources of funding so they can make informed decisions around business financing

Five Star Testimony

Shortly after transitioning my part-time business to a full-time venture, I found myself needing to secure more regular, on-going business opportunities. I have worked with Rick and Tala for some time and found that their no-fuss approach to business resonated with me. They have helped me clarify my thoughts and begin to structure some robust business processes, delivering immediate results.

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Michel Nicholson
Automation Squared

Five Star Testimony

Rick has certainly taught me the importance of KPI’s…apart from other aspects. It will change the way business will be conducted. Rick has got what it takes in taking a group of average people to the best of their ability.

Jeff Testa
Jeff Testa
former Franchisee

Five Star Testimony

When you first start working with Rick, you’ll immediately feel his contagious energy. His guidance has been critical to the growth of my firm.”

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Hayder Shkara
Founder of Neat Law

Five Star Testimony

Rick has been my coach and mentor ever since I met him a few years ago. He has helped me with my business and personal development and I will owe him for a long time to come!

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Raghid Alchikh
Law Advisor

Five Star Testimony

Rick helps us focus on what we’re good at, stay on course and implement new strategies, cut costs, and not make the same mistakes him himself made in his many businesses over the last thirty years”

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Veronica Avila
Co-owner, The Latin Store

Five Star Testimony

Rick has been my coach and mentor ever since I met him a few years ago. He has helped me with my business and personal development and I will owe him for a long time to come!

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Raghid Alchikh
Law Advisor

Five Star Testimony

I have worked with Rick and Tala for some time and found that their no-fuss approach to business resonated with me. I decided to join their coaching group to gain access to structured business advice that has helped improve the way I go about my business.”

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Michel Nicholson
Automation Squared

Five Star Testimony

Amazing, agile and versatile! Rick is a very insightful man, the kind you want standing beside you in any situation! He is a fantastic speaker and one of the best MC’s around.”

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Michael Courtenay
B2B Expo Sydney 2017 Organiser

Five Star Testimony

Alex is a professional estate planning lawyer with an eye for detail & the deep knowledge required for this highly technical area. He’s presonable, timely & good value and I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

James Waggett
James Waggett
Wealth Manager & Stock Broker

Five Star Testimony

Alex is an expert lawyer in estate planning and I have used his expertise to assist clients and protect their assets.”

Peter Rusbourne
Peter Rusbourne
Business and Property Law
Accredited Specialist Lawyer

Five Star Testimony

When I think about the interactions I’ve had with Rick, whether that be more recently or from more than 25 years ago, I’d have to say that Rick is determined, enthusiastic, driven, polished, prepared, well-drilled, hard working and dogmatic.

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Mark McInnes
Keynote Speaker

Five Star Testimony

Rick’s guidance has been critical to the growth of my firm. I’ve had plenty of sports coaches, so working with a business coach made perfect sense to me”.

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Hayder Shkara
Neat Law Olympic Athlete 2013-2016

What Innovest SME is all about:

Profitability

Through

Co-Working Space

Sharing is smart when you use our no-frills professional shared office space. With us you don't have to pay unnecessary features like gyms,barista coffees and architectural masterpieces!

Reception, Meeting & Training Facilities

Leveraging our facilities is the best way to save on overheads! From phone answering to meeting rooms and training facilities all at very affordable rates. Only pay for what you need.

3PL & Warehousing

Need to stock and ship products? You can use our intelligent 3rd Party Logistics system. You only pay for the space you use not by the pallet and the goods you ship out Scalable and totally predictable!

Growth

Through

Network of Professional Service Providers

More than 40 SME Experts who have been tried and tested. We'll hook you up with our trusted partners so you can get the preferential rates services without the stress of shopping around.

Becoming More Investible

We help you become investor-ready fast via a bespoke hybrid approach! We'll connect you with investors, angels and financiers and skyrocket your business growth!

Startup Incubator

Apply to take advantage of our Startup incubator. Successful applicants enjoy business mentoring, co-working space as well as free subsidised access to various entrepreneurial training, coaching and consulting

Learning

Through

Entrepreneurial Training

Practical topics such as Sales Mastery,Business Cashflow & Financial intelligence, Staff Outsourcing Time.Productivity & Automation hacks & much more

Mentoring & Coaching

Harness the power and afford ability of group coaching.Net-work with like-minded business owners and accelerate your learning curve to new heights

Advising & Consulting

We don't just provide coaching and training. Advising is part of the mix as matter of course of the innovest Hybrid approach

Our Start up Meet ups will be a regular thing. Catch our training events on Event Page

Our bespoke training includes but is not limited (of course) to the following areas:

  • Hacks and automation tools: Get the most out of your time and scale faster
  • Disruption and Innovation: Discover what it takes to become the innovator in your industry, and it’s not just about technology.
  • Internet Marketing Hacks: Are you lost in marketing overwhelm? Focus and get ahead of your competition.
  • Business planning: Putting together business plans and effective goal setting
  • Business systems and processes: To scale your business, delegate work and free time
  • Time and productivity: Increase revenue and productivity and reduce the hours
  • Sales Mastery: Convert leads using persuasion, tonality, and mastering body language.
  • Financial intelligence: Budgeting, knowing your critical numbers
    • Cashflow and funding: Unlocking cashflow, raising finance and investor capital
    • Outsourcing essentials: When and how to outsource, pitfalls and hacks to save time and money
    • Attracting attention: Attract prospects, avoiding costly marketing mistakes & not following the herd
    • Delivering unforgettable customer experiences: Simple techniques to completely transform your customer experience deliverables
    • Refining your business model: Models and strategies of successful businesses to maximise profits
    • Recruitment: Find the right people to ensure you’re not putting square pegs into round holes
    • And much more…
Sponsored By
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Valiant

AT INNOVEST SME, WE

Create and support a community of startups, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals.

Empower members to collaborate, learn and share their knowledge to accelerate their growth and profitability.

If you want to improve your chances as an SME, small business or start-up
– AND WHO DOESN’T? – we’d love to see you at our next event.

THE Innovest Business Networking, Training and Pitch Event is the most accessible hybrid business lead generation network, pitching and small business learning acceleration monthly event available, period, starting now

Led by Rick Chisholm who is an investor and holder of a number of companies under management, principal mentor for all Business Success for Life Members (and the Innovest Accelerator) and an advisory board member of a number of leading start-ups.

We are experts based on our experience and as evidenced in our testimonials and we connect you with all the right people, partners so you can get on with building a great company and do what you do best.

This once a month program will help you and your business become investible and we don’t just mean from the point of view of raising cash. Will help you get connected with the best people in relation to due diligence, getting grants, research and development. We have the connections and the network throughout Australia and abroad and you will make the right connections which for the long term which will be highly valuable.

We look forward to seeing you at our business success for life meet up and be part of Sydney’s small business acceleration best kept secret community.

WHAT INNOVEST SME IS ABOUT:

InnovestSME is also a start-up incubator and ideas factory. We work on validating ideas and product-market fit and spin out successful products and businesses with capacity to fund or match entrepreneurs to JV and VC.

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The Clever Startup Workshops: Be Your Own Boss in 6 Months without Quitting your Day-Job

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Starting up is hard, right? so few hours, and SO few resources.
You could do with a boost. From your peers and from the experts who've done it all before.
This workshop event could change everything ...

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