For innovation practitioners by innovation practitioners

Ideas to Outcomes


The Ideas to Outcomes practical mentoring and skills development program guides high growth businesses through the de-risking process for taking new technologies and business ideas to market. Click the image below to watch a quick video about its benefits.

This interactive course is a blend of small-group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and online activities equips you to:

  • run an ideas-based business
  • create a user-friendly action plan
  • develop and validate your ideas as you learn
  • incorporate digital technologies
  • stay focused with practical tools and techniques

The workshops are where you’ll learn the steps (and pitfalls to avoid) for creating value from new ideas, including business modelling and IP pathways, managing risks, preparing and pitching for investment, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborating successfully.

Download the brochure and see below what our recent graduates say about their experience


The course can take just less than 12 weeks to complete, depending on when you submit the assessments.

Another time-saving benefit is that these assessments all relate to your business. It’s a way of addressing aspects of business growth you might otherwise neglect – that’s why the quizzes and spreadsheets include topics such as:

  • communicating value propositions
  • business modelling
  • entrepreneurial thinking and practices
  • commercialisation process
  • funding options
  • customers and competitors
  • revenue and cash flow projections
  • planning tools
  • branding and marketing
  • prioritising resource and effort allocation
  • time and stress management
  • compliance and regulatory matters

You get to focus on these aspects of your own business while you’re learning, while you’re working towards your qualification.


You may be eligible for the generous subsidies, especially if you operate a Queensland-based business with an ABN, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be able to claim this training as a self-education tax deduction.

Enrol or enquire today by calling 1300 40 60 80.

Course dates in 2020

Brisbane (live)*

South Bank TAFE
66 Earnest Street
Tuesdays 28 July –
25 September

5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

200 Mary Street
Brisbane CBD
Wednesdays 16 September –
6 November
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

* 4 x 3-hour workshops


Online (live)*

Mondays 27 July –
25 September

9.30 am – 11.30 am

Thursdays 17 September –
13 November

6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Tuesdays 6 October –
8 December

6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

* 6 x 2-hour workshops



Please note:
The group mentoring workshops are held weekly at the same time and place for each intake. 
The course can be offered at other Southeast Queensland locations – let us know where you want it!

Download the brochure

Here’s what some of our graduates have said about this course:

The Ideas to Outcomes program was excellent and just what I needed. It was tailored at the right level and the delivery was flexible which meant I was able to easily fit the tasks and workshops within my schedule. – Kylie Hewson, Director, Sativus

Fantastic course for big thinkers. This course highlights the importance of data and creative thinking when exploring new business ideas. The accelerated format keeps active minds engaged and gets to the point. – Justin Loccisano, Founder, Paragon Group

This program provides the tools and knowledge necessary to take your ideas and do what is necessary to asses them and turn them into something tangible. We all have ideas, but not necessarily the tools needed to get to the next level. It has better prepared me for things I need to do to give my ideas a go. It gives you the opportunity to ‘sanity-check’ some of the stuff that you want to do, putting a bit more structure and rigor around your ideas so you can view them through a more objective looking glass. – Chris Keegan, Entrepreneur

The Ideas to Outcomes program helped me focus on critical elements of my startup. It was good to get some of the gaps in my knowledge filled at the group workshops, and the action planning assessment meant that I got stuff done that I had been putting aside (for way too long)! Completing this program means gaining a nationally accredited business qualification and that’s really helpful to me for assuring investors and my target audiences that I am skilled, educated and capable of running and growing an innovative enterprise ready to scale across the world. If you’re thinking about enrolling in this course, I’d recommend checking it out and say “do it!”. – Anne-Marie Walton, CEO & Founder, KidswantU

The course helped me gain clarity and refine my business model to be able to bootstrap my company rather than seek investment. This has been a critical way forward, given the difficulties of procuring investment in the current climate. – Stephen Taylor, CEO, Pulsar Aerospace

It’s opened my eyes to what you have to think about and do if you want to turn an innovative concept into a viable venture. It’s challenged me to really look at who my customer is and how to reach them, especially when you’re offering something new to the market that no one else is doing. – Robyn Lawton, Founder, Artisan Escapes

Completing the Cert IV in Small Business Management through the Impact Innovation Group and TAFE Qld* gave me the knowledge and confidence that I required to move forward with my small business development. I found the face to face sessions really valuable and I acquired many skills to help in both the short term and long term. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to develop their skills in small business management. – Melissa Mitchell, Co-founder, Swap Kids Stuff

*TAFE Queensland RTO No.0275