Business innovation program, The Rippler Effect, will be returning for a third round, launching in February.
The trailblazing five-month course comprises a series of workshops and special guest presentations, including high-profile entrepreneurs to teach participants how to implement innovation in business.
The Newcastle-born program offers participants a unique and inspiring opportunity to gain nationally accredited skill sets in Innovation Practice and Innovation Management. Practical processes and activities are taught, allowing participants to challenge their way of thinking and develop strategies for growth and sustainability in business.
The Business Centre General Manager, Narelle McClelland, said the program provides participants with specialist knowledge and the practical skills and know-how to develop an innovative culture.
“The Rippler Effect is highly engaging and teaches participants how to identify opportunity and generate ideas for implementation in their business or workplace,” Narelle said.
“We are very much aware of the importance of innovation and the significant benefits on offer to business and are extremely pleased with the Federal Government’s renewed focus on innovation through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.”
“The Rippler Effect has proven highly effective and attracted participants from a diverse range of industries and positions, including managers, business owners and entrepreneurs.”
Participants over the last two years have benefited from specialist workshops with entrepreneurs such as James O’Loghlin (ABC’s New Inventors), Lisa Messenger (Editor and Founder Renegade Collective), Roger Langsdon (Marketing Manager at Planet Innovation) and Jennifer Holland (Co-Founder Throatscope and Shark Tank entrepreneur).
Founder of Ideation at Work and program lead, Christina Gerakiteys, said the program pushes entrepreneurs to sustainably grow a business.
“There is so much diversity in the groups that have undertaken The Rippler Effect,” Christina said. “There are plenty of programs out there at the moment claiming their participants find overnight success through undertaking on-line programs. But we keep ideas flowing and the businesses building.”
Past participant, Warwick Gilbertson, a Partner with Turnbull Hill Lawyers said he expected a “how to” course with notes.
“After a short while I realised you can not by definition ‘innovate’ by learning. You need to discover what you can do by listening and seeing what others have done. It is not easy and it requires self-awareness and honest personal evaluation,” Warwick said.
“I believe business leaders need to take time out from doing and spend more time thinking ‚Äì The Rippler Effect gave me that opportunity.”
Registrations for The Rippler Effect are now open, you can sign up online.
The Rippler Effect is an initiative of The Business Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, supporting micro, small and medium business through business advisory services, mentoring programs, workshops, training and events.
Image | Past participants in The Rippler Effect program