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    SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab COVID recovery workshops by Greg Twemlow

    9am Friday Oct 30th to 12pm on Saturday October 31st.…we are here to help thanks to Northern Beaches Council and their Community Grants program.

    COVID Recovery Framework

    Best suited for existing small business owners or entrepreneurs who are…

    • Losing business and customers due to COVID-19
    • Considering how to move forward
    • Feeling isolated and seeking support
    • Looking for more than immediate assistance
    • Serious about doing what it takes to re-design their business

    Fees: the fee for the entire program is $50. Register and pay here.


    Format: attendance to each workshop in person is restricted to no more than 20 people due to COVID protocols. The workshops will be recorded and will be available on the SEVENmile Youtube channel one week after being recorded. Attendees can choose to attend any one or all 5 workshops.


    Dates: the 5 workshops will run consecutively from 9am Friday Oct 30th to 12pm on Saturday October 31st.


    Venue: SEVENmile Venture Lab at Seaforth Village Community Centre - 550 Sydney Rd Seaforth (enter on south side next to Grassroots Canteen entry)


    Note: dates are subject to change given the unpredictable COVID situation.


    Program Goals - register here


    1. Adapt in a changing environment
    2. Challenge core assumptions
    3. Creatively problem-solve
    4. Find short-term financial stability and take immediate action

    5. Identify long term funding for sustainability
    6. Tap into a virtual cohort of peers during this time of isolation

    7. Connect with guest speakers, mentors & advisors




    Built on the highly successful SEVENmile Venture Lab model, this program will help you refocus your business, stabilize it, and build toward long-term recovery.


    COVID Recovery Framework workshops will be run as 5 workshops with ongoing support. Register here.

    1. Stabilize - limit negative impacts
    We firmly believe we are strongest together. When problems are complex and the context is changing, no one person has the answers. We gain perspective by sharing our challenges and hearing from our community.
    2. Support - simplify access to support
    Business owners need a range of support mechanisms to help with the full extent of the challenges including emotional support. The SEVENmile community has developed since Nov 2018 around the idea of a thriving business community and helping each other succeed.
    3. Innovating - designing how to adapt
    Assistance through workshops and coaching to make smart adaptations to business models based on changing markets and customer needs.
    4. Implement - rebuilding to develop resilience
    Move forward with actionable next steps, identify creative solutions, find both short-term and medium-term revenue growth.
    5. Re-skill - learn new skills to prosper
    Providing new skills and sustainable tools and services that truly help small businesses both during this crisis and after.


    startup weekend by SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab

    Startup Weekend

    Startup Weekends are designed for a specific demographic and/or a specific topic. Examples are young adults or a topic such as innovation in tourism.


    The format is Friday evening until Sunday night.


    Fees: $99 per person




    6:30 pm Registration

    7:00 pm Dinner & Networking Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

    7:20 pm Welcome & Speakers Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

    7:30 pm Pitches Start Optionally line up to give your pitch

    9:00 pm Voting Attendees vote for the top pitches

    9:15 pm Form Teams Teams start forming and discussing ideas

    10:00 pm Begin Work Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills.




    9:00 am Breakfast Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

    11:00 am Coach Meetings Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

    1:00 pm Check-In After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

    7:30 pm Check-In After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

    10:00 pm Wrap-Up Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow




    9:00 am Breakfast Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

    10:00 am Check-In Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

    12:30 pm Coach Meetings Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

    3:00 pm Presentation Prep & Tech Check

    4:00 pm Final Presentations

    6:30 pm Judging & Awards

    Inspire Innovation workshop by SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab

    Inspire Innovation workshop





    The INSPIRE INNOVATION CANVAS (IIC) and 1 day workshop have been developed for companies wishing to surface the innovative capacity of their staff. The IIC is designed to be easy to understand and is minimal by design, focusing on the most critical elements of idea and market validation. The workshop is perfect for teams that need to quickly understand how they can ideate, validate, devise and sell their concepts.



    Fees: $3,000 per day for up to 15 people. $4,000 per day for 16-30 people.


    ~~take 30% off for Dec 2019 and Jan 2020 dates~~




    • typically delivered in a single day, the workshop can also be delivered over 2 x half days,
    • ideal for groups as small as 5 people and up to 30 people,
    • some pre-work is required, watching a video and focusing on the best 3 ideas,
    • attendees develop their own INSPIRE INNOVATION CANVAS feeling energized and focused on their innovation pathway,


    startup weekend by SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab

    12 Week Accelerator

    The 12 week accelerator is based on the Techstars proven programme that's used by accelerators all over the world.


    Fees: $2,500 per person


    Month 1: Mentors, business model validation and customer development

    In the first month of the programme, teams learn how to work in the MIH environment and are immersed in mentorship. Through extensive mentor sessions, teams validate their business model and pivot if needed. Teams also identify their customer and create a minimum viable product (MVP).
    Speaker and workshop topics in the first month include:
    team building/working protocols
    lean start-up
    customer engagement
    product strategy, design and development
    growth hacking
    pitching/communications techniques


    Month 2: Product build, traction, and revenue

    In the second month of the programme, teams spend most of their time validating MVP prototypes in the market. Teams also begin to build their story and proof points for the investor presentation at Demo Day.
    Speaker and workshop topics in the second month include:
    product development
    IP protection
    revenue/financial modeling


    Month 3: Pitch, investment readiness, Demo Day

    Teams prepare for Demo Day while squeezing out as much traction/revenue in the market as possible. Teams will structure and practice their pitch daily while receiving feedback from mentors, alumni and specialists. Speaker and workshop topics in the third month include:
    ~ growth hacking
    ~ pitching/communications techniques
    ~ investor relations
    ~ valuations
    ~ Demo Day

    Demo Day is the culmination of the most active phase of the programme and the showcase for the teams to the stakeholders, investors, sponsors and community at large. Each team gets 10 minutes to pitch their company in front of an auditorium of key people. The pitches are followed by a social gathering with Angel investors in which teams get to provide more detail.

    Diversity and Inclusion by SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab

    6 Day Intensive Accelerator

    The Diversity & Inclusion program is designed for people who have recently migrated to the northern beaches and for who English is a second language. We’re searching for the most ambitious, game-changing enterprises led by migrants and refugees in the northern beaches.


    Note: this program is only available when the entire program is sponsored by government or private sponsor.


    The D&I program operates over 12 months in three stages:

    The startups we select go through a 6 day accelerator where their business models are validated and they are equipped with the tools they need to turn their startups into viable ventures.


    The format is face-to-face workshops in our Seaforth Community Centre location followed by access to up to 12 months of support.


    Fees: the goal is to have the program sponsored so no fees are charged.


    Accelerator workshop agenda:


    Day 1 - validate problem

    Day 2 - validate customer persona

    Day 3 - solution design - first pitch

    Day 4 - develop business model hyphotheses

    Day 5 - identify and talk to early adopters - second pitch

    Day 6 - demo day - present the final pitch deck to a panel of judges




    Monthly half-day workshops and optional telephone/email support over the 12 months following the Accelerator.




    Use our SEVENmile mentors and community to support ongoing growth.

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