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 to watch a quick video about its benefits.

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We have designed this interactive course with TAFE* Queensland’s award-winning Small Business Solutions team. The 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.

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The course takes just 9-16 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 commencement dates in 2020

Greater Brisbane Area (live)

200 Mary Street
Brisbane CBD
Wednesday 26 February
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

South Bank TAFE
66 Earnest Street
Tuesday 17 March
5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Springfield TAFE
Education City Drive
Wednesday 20 May
9.30 am – 12.30 pm


Online (live)

For participants based outside
the Greater Brisbane Area
Monday 24 February
5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Thursday 19 March
5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Monday 11 May
5.30 pm – 8.30 pm


Please note:
The four group mentoring workshops are held fortnightly 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!

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

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

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

*TAFE Queensland RTO No.0275