The Refinery Creative Incubator


Deadline:2nd March, 2020

Applications are now open for this free eight-week program that joins the dots between creativity and business and sees participants take part in an incubator program to refine, test and launch their creative ideas as a sustainable business.

Applications are welcome from individuals and groups from across the creative sector including visual art, screen, design, architecture, publishing, literature, advertising, media, podcasting, game development, fashion, performing arts, music, heritage and artisan craft.

Delivering access to mentors and a network of inspiring industry leaders, the program provides participants with the business skills, tools and connections to turn their idea into reality.

The inaugural program delivered beyond expectations and attracted big name mentors including Heidi Middleton.

Once again, The Refinery is set to feature a line-up of notable local and national creative leaders, with workshops, one-on-one mentoring and industry networking events.

The Refinery 2020 theme is Start something that matters and we’re inviting creatives to start something that matters to themselves, their place or the planet.

Applications are invited from Australian residents nationally, and shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a bootcamp on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, March 21 to assess their proposed business idea.

Almost 90 people applied to be part of The Refinery 2019, with 34 projects progressing to the one-day intensive bootcamp and 17 selected to participate in the incubator.

Key Dates

Applications Open       February 3, 2020

Applications Close      March 2, 2020

Bootcamp                   March 21, 2020

Incubator                     May 7 – July 2, 2020

The Refinery is an initiative of Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with SunCentral Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance. Proudly supported by Advance Queensland through the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program (SCRIPT), CQ University and Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

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