Innovate Moreton Bay Founders Month - April 2024

Innovate Moreton Bay Founders Month

Turn your bright idea into a thriving startup in just four sessions

Innovate Moreton Bay Founders Month is a series of four interactive workshops designed for founders and startup enthusiasts seeking to turn their bright ideas into reality.

Join our hands-on Innovate Moreton Bay Founders Month program to take your seedling startup idea and systematically transform it into a viable business opportunity. Over four interactive workshops, learn practical frameworks like lean canvas and value proposition canvas to evaluate, prototype, and pitch your innovative concept. Gain insights from startup experts to build your minimum viable product, learn how to attract customers and investors, and assemble a dream team.

Delivered by the team at Innovation Architects, your facilitators bring a wealth of experience across startups, corporate innovation, accelerator programs, venture capital and government. The workshop series will provide participants with valuable insights and practical tools, and most importantly in a hands-on manner.

You’ll walk away with a clear roadmap to launch your startup, whether you’re a beginner with an inspired concept or an experienced founder seeking to enhance and evaluate an early-stage idea. Our goal is to provide you with the feedback and direction needed to carry your passion from conception to reality.

We highly encourage participants to join all four sessions. However, sessions can also be joined independently.

What you need to know:



  • Session 1 (9 April)
  • Session 2 (16 April)
  • Session 3 (23 April)
  • Session 4 (30 April)

Location: Caboolture Hub

Time: 9.30 am and 2.30 pm

Drinks and food: Will be provided

Cost: The price point is $80 for the series of workshops or $30 individually

If you sign up for the series of workshops, you will also have a preference to pitch at the Innovate Moreton Bay Open Mic Pitch Nights, along with receiving an Innovate Moreton Bay Swag Bag!

You can only attend workshop four as part of the series tickets.

Innovation in Moreton Bay

Innovate Moreton Bay and City of Moreton Bay remain dedicated to fostering innovation in the region. Founders Month is just one example of their ongoing commitment to the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), which includes the objective of Moreton Bay becoming and maintaining its position as a top ten regional innovation hub.

For more information about Council’s innovation programs, visit:

Session 1 - Assessing Your Bright Idea: From Concept to Opportunity

Master techniques to systematically test assumptions, refine your hypothesis, and transform an inspired concept into a compelling value proposition. This session is specifically designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the practical frameworks and methodologies needed to evaluate, validate, and transform seedling startup ideas into viable business opportunities.

Key takeaways include:

Lean canvas methodology

Identifying target customers

Honing the value proposition

Session 2 - Bring Your Startup Idea to Life

Rapidly build, measure and learn using hands-on frameworks to iterate your MVP and explore product-market fit. Building on Session 1, this session will focus on designing, testing and launching your minimum viable product (MVP). In addition, you will learn about designing a business model using the Business Model Canvas (BMC). We’ll wrap up by workshopping your product roadmap and go-to-market strategy.

Key takeaways include:

Lean and agile philosophies

Prototyping techniques

Designing your business using BMC

Session 3 - Pitch Perfect: Securing Customers and Investors

Craft a compelling startup narrative and tailor your pitch to close deals, acquire customers, and boost funding through strategic storytelling. Through hands-on coaching and practice sessions, led by Jacqueline Nagle, you’ll learn to deliver bold pitches highlighting your startup’s vision, traction, and value. In addition, this session will focus on understanding pathways to growth and investment.

Key takeaways include:

Pitching techniques

Sales, marketing and customer growth

How to approach investors and funding strategies

Session 4 - Assembling a World-Class Startup Team

You have an innovative product and a vision – now you need the talent to match your ambition. This session will focus on understanding the chemistry behind high-performing early-stage teams. Through self-assessment of your personality, your work drivers and skills, the IA team will offer a strategic toolkit to serve as a foundation to your (future) hiring needs.

This is not the end, but just the beginning. This fourth session of IMB Founders Month will help you work through your most valuable next steps. How to build, grain traction and grow, surround yourself with exceptional people and attract partnerships and funding that matter.

Key takeaways include:

Ingredients of high-performing teams

Entrepreneur focus and productivity

Clarity on next steps

Delivery team:

  • Mark Gustowski, Managing Director, Innovation Architects
  • Philippe Ceulen, Director - Programs, Innovation Architects
  • Timothy Hui, Director - Ventures & Investment, Innovation Architects
  • Jacqueline Nagle, Founder, Any Given Tuesday

Mark Gustowski


C-suite executive experienced in building and supporting growth companies across Australia, the US, Asia, and Europe. Mark has designed, built, and managed accelerator, incubator, and investment programs - including pre-seed, seed, and syndicated Series-A funds - nationally and internationally. Mark is a partner at the early-stage venture capital firm, Mandalay Venture Partners.

Philippe Ceulen


Experienced founder and start-up community leader who works intimately with communities across Belgium, Southeast Asia, and Australia. He is passionate about building ecosystems and exploring emerging technologies with early-stage founders. Phil is a partner at the early-stage venture capital firm, Mandalay Venture Partners.

Timothy Hui


Venture capital investment specialist, including deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiation, portfolio management & valuations, board engagement, and positioning for exit liquidity. Tim is a partner at the early-stage venture capital firm, Mandalay Venture Partners.

Jacqueline Nagle


A Fifth Generation Entrepreneur with a fiercely strategic brain, Jacqueline Nagle’s diverse career criss-crosses professional services, mining services, civil construction, manufacturing, and industrial relations. With experience from the trenches of start-up to the C-Suite, Jacqueline works as Shadow CEO, Advisor and Educator to Founding Owners and their teams in the Start-Up, Innovation and Consulting Services Sectors who are in pursuit of next level growth – and achieves this through the implementation of proven speaking driven strategies.


About Innovation Architects:

Innovation Architects (IA) is a venture builder and advisory firm with deep expertise in the design, delivery and management of world-class innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. These include incubators, accelerators, hubs, coworking spaces, corporate, open innovation services and finally investment.

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Innovate Moreton Bay Founders Month is part of a suite of innovation programs being delivered via Innovate Moreton Bay as part of City of Moreton Bay's commitment to the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), which includes the objective of becoming a top ten regional innovation hub. This event, and others like it, would simply not be possible without Moreton Bay Regional Council.

For more information about Council’s innovation programs, see: