METS Innovation Regional Accelerator – Darling Downs

METS Innovation Regional Accelerator – Darling Downs

MIRA Darling Downs is a pre-accelerator intended to help SMEs Scaleups and Startups improve and accelerate their commercial outcomes including their ability to compete, gain traction in the market with their solutions and establish robust and sustainable businesses.

We are seeking regional innovators, at either SMEs, Scaleup or Startup stage to take part in a six week program. MIRA Darling Downs will focus on the key elements of identifying and addressing business capability gaps, as well as less formal coaching and mentoring from qualified and experienced partners from industry.

Program Schedule

The program will run for 1 day per week, for 6 weeks and include time for participant coaching/mentoring on the same day as the session.

Accelerator: Group Workshops

  • Occuring on Tuesdays weekly
  • Commencing 19 March 2019 for 6 weeks – in person at Canvas Coworking,

9am-12pm: Group ‘workshop’ session

12pm-2pm: Lunch 2pm-5pm: Pitch practice AND Individual coaching/mentoring with ‘expert/s’ AND Accountability ‘setting & reviewing activity’ with Program Facilitator (each team, on rotation)

Accelerator: Team Accountability

  • Occuring on Fridays weekly
  • Commencing 22 March 2019 for 6 weeks In person or via Zoom

Activity debrief with Program Facilitator (30 mins per team)


Participants are encouraged to work from Canvas Coworking on a daily basis as appropriate, with access to a Hot Desk included in the program. Semi-private offices are available if required for an additional fee (payable by the participant). Working onsite will provide access to others in the coworking community, other skill building workshops, mentors and support as required.


Pitch / Graduation Day Event

On Tuesday 30 April 2019 Each team will have 5 minutes to deliver their pitch to the audience, which will include specially invited guests from the METS, Energy & Resources sector, along with members of the public. A panel of selected Community and Industry Stakeholders will have 5 minutes to ask questions following each pitch.


Program Content

As the cohort of participants has not yet been finalised, the program content is still flexible, as we want to ensure that the program delivers as much value as possible to each participant. Therefore, the following is a suggestion of the workshop topics that will be delivered each week.

Week 1 – 19 March 2019

  • Overview of program objectives
  • Useful Tools & Resources
  • Problem-Customer validation

Week 2 – 26 March 2019

  • Networking skills
  • Product/Market fit
  • Prototype development

Week 3 – 2 April 2019

  • Business models
  • Financial considerations
  • Pipeline development

Week 4 – 9 April 2019

  • Legal considerations
  • Negotiating
  • Raising capital

Week 5 – 17 April 2019

  • Systems and processes
  • Brand development
  • Marketing and Communications

Week 6 – 23 April 2019

  • Pitch practice

Conclusion – 30 April 2019

  • Pitch presentation
  • Graduation celebration

Mentors / Facilitators

General business skills, behaviour and pitch coaching will be conducted by Joy Taylor and David Masefield from Startup Toowoomba, with specialists introduced as required.

Specialised Business mentors will be available via Canvas Coworking’s ‘Mentor in the House’ providers:

  • Accounting: Mick Harding from McConachie Stedman
  • Accountants Legal: Peta Gray from Enterprise Legal
  • Intellectual Property/Trademarks/Patents: Dallas Gibb from IP
  • Active Design & Branding: Leisa Clark from Retrohex
  • Commercialisation: Stuart Hazell from Accelerating Commercialisation

Specialised Industry mentors will be arranged with leading companies in the sectors relevant to the participants Participants will be introduced to local businesses who specialise in several of the topics noted above, who can provide expert advice and/or outsourcing of services if required, such as:

  • Website Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Australia Post
  • Bookkeeper
  • Public Speaking Coach

To Apply:

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If you have any questions, or want to arrange a payment plan, contact Joy on 0407584987


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Lunch & Learn – Meet the Advance Queensland team

Lunch & Learn – Meet the Advance Queensland team

Meet the Advance Qld team

Instead of our usual Lunch & Learn this week, we are delighted to collaborate with Advance Queensland, to offer an informal FREE event is for all Toowoomba businesses.

Come along and hear the Advance Queensland team give an update on the range of innovation grants, assistance and programs available to help businesses grow and develop – whether you are a small or large business, operate a farm, are an industry representative, or have your own startup – you are welcome!

Presenter: Trent Forbes, Advance Queensland

Date: Friday 15 March 2019 @ 12pm-1pm (Q&A may run overtime, so perhaps allow extra)

At Canvas Coworking Space, Suite 1/625 Ruthven St, Toowoomba

Unable to attend in person? No problem, join us live via Zoom, an online meeting platform. Select the ‘via Zoom’ option when you book via the website (same payment options apply). You will then receive an email with the link and password to join the session on Friday morning.

Cost: FREE for everyone

BYO Lunch


Each week we present a different topic, focused on the needs of entrepreneurs, freelancers and business owners. If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or you would like to present about a topic, please send an email to