The Ideas Place: for business ideas

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Calling all bright sparks and ideas people, this is for YOU.
The Ideas Place is here to help you go from being someone with a good idea to being the founder of your very own start-up business. The 2019 has come to a close, and what an amazing year it's been! It was months of masterclasses and events, planning and honing ideas...and a fair amount of socialising and supportive vibes too. Then 14 local businesses took their dreams to a Bootcamp, which were then reduced down to 6 businesses who pitched for $20,000 in funding towards their business ideas. 
  • The WINNER of the grand prize of $10,000 was Jarrod Pickford, audio producer travel writer, podcast expert and creator of Storytowns. Storytowns is a podcast app that localises podcasts. The podcasts capture local characters and stories around regional Australia and are designed to entertain and uncover the local hidden 'hot spots’ that travelling tourists would never have known about. Congratulations, Jarrod!

The finalists who recieved $2,000 each were:

  • Aaron Shields and Nick Lane, from small are a builder/architect team with a big vision for small houses. From their factory in Illowa (between Koroit and Warrnambool), they want to create beautiful, affordable homes in their factory then transport them to the desired location... building better, not bigger.

  • Jaimee Millar is a fashion designer and avid recycler. She's spent a decade studying and working in the fashion industry globally, from designing luxury fashion for New York Fashion Week, to sorting through garbage bags of discarded clothing waste in Warrnambool. Her idea is to create a fashion business that includes a clothing label, recycled textile production and a retail outlet to divert clothing and textile waste from landfill and re-purpose it as a circular resource.
  • Jo Keane is a nurse educator and the brains behind a new training app for healthcare workers. With new developments in health being rolled out to healthcare providers all the time, it can be a challenge to stay up to date with the latest best practice methods. Jo’s app is designed to give participants flexibility to complete training activities that they actually might enjoy in as little as five minutes.

  • Sam Tuck was born and raised in Warrnambool. He's a radiographer and certified sustainability assessor and his start-up is Bright Buildings. Bright Buildings conducts comprehensive assessments to identify and solve components of buildings that waste energy. In South West Victoria, Bright Buildings has the potential to reduce emissions by 100 million tonnes.

  • Grady Sheppard has been surfing for his whole life and is also a lover of travel, working and exploring abroad. His start-up is Boarded, a company providing a hard case luggage solution for surfboards for air and road travel. It can fit 3 surfboards and provides unrivaled protection against nasty baggage handlers. 

 Pop over to to stay updated on the 2020. It will be back! And if you've got an ideas brewing, you won't want to miss it.


Back, left to right: Nick Lane (small), Grady Sheppard (Boarded), Jo Keane (nursing app), Nick Stanley (Runway), Sam Tuck (Bright Buildings), Jarrod Pickford (Storytowns), Peter Dostis (Runway), Cr Tony Herbert (Mayor Warrnambool City Council), Linda Wong (Runway), Aaron Shields (small), Jaimee Millar (fashion recycling start-up) and Kate Cornick (CEO LaunchVic).

The Ideas Place is a partnership of local groups keen to understand the Great South Coast start up ecosystem. We want to find the innovators and doers and hear about the ideas brewing in our region, so we can help bring them to life. Inspired by big seas, crisp air and open space, we help locals bring their fresh ideas to life. Serious business skills for seriously good businesses. From our cool communities, to the world.

 The Ideas Place is funded by LaunchVic. It's a partnership of local Councils, Deakin University, SWTAFE and the Great South Coast Food and Fibre CouncilRunway is a Geelong-based star up incubator who delivered course content. 

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