We’re still delivering the IGNITE Business Launchpad in 2020, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have delayed sessions and the program will be delivered a little differently.
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IGNITE Business Launchpad | Central Coast


Central Coast Council is running the IGNITE Business Launchpad again in 2020 for young people (aged 12 – 24) to learn more about starting their own business. Whether it’s an idea you’ve been working on for months or something you’ve just thought about recently – this program is for you!

You’ll get access to a ‘virtual’ business boot camp delivered by award-winning entrepreneur Adam Mostogl (2017 Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Australia, 2015 Finalist for Young Australian of the Year) as well as an opportunity to present your idea at a gala pitch night, along with benefiting from a series of business and entrepreneurship workshops being run as part of the program across 2020.

And due to the restrictions around COVID-19, the IGNITE Business Launchpad 2020 will be delivered online – click here to find out more about how the flexibility will allow more young people access the support on offer!

All you need to do is to register online today and we’ll be in touch – it’s that easy.

What’s Involved?

Business Bootcamp
Delivered over six weeks

To help refine your idea and work through the core foundations, twenty young entrepreneurs will participate in this two-day business boot camp (valued at $295 per person normally) – an intensive program that will run through finding your problem, creating a scalable plan for growth, knowing your customer, getting the budgets clear and how to sell the idea. You will learn from others in the room about these areas, but also be given time to implement these strategies in your own business to start strong.

Gala Pitch Night
September / October 2020*

The twenty young entrepreneurs who complete the boot camp will then be invited to pitch their business idea in front of business champions, the wider public and a number of special guests to gain traction and support for the next stage. It will be an exciting evening and spaces on stage will be highly sought after, as young entrepreneurs pitch for support, mentoring and even get their first customers from those in the room – as well as showcasing the innovative potential of the region.

Ongoing Workshops
October 2020 – March 2021*

To help you discover more about starting your own business, including key skills as well as tips to help you on your journey, you will have access to a range of events and workshops. There will be a number run as part of the IGNITE Business Launchpad, but those in the program will also receive exclusive invites to other events across the Central Coast, growing your network and helping you with key skills to continue your journey into the future.

* All in person events are scheduled, and could be moved depending on the restrictions around COVID-19 at that time.

Who’s Delivering the Sessions?


Adam Mostogl

Founder of illuminate Education Australia and Founding Director of illuminate Future
2017 Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs //2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year

In any given week, Adam Mostogl might be helping young entrepreneurs to kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential or teaching hundreds of students to embrace innovation to solve the problems of the future.


Adam is passionate about embracing creative and innovative solutions to common problems, with experience across a wide variety of industry areas. Since 2010, over 12,500 young Australians have undertaken entrepreneurial education programs lead by Adam as the Founder / Inspirer of illuminate Education, which focuses on inspiring students to be the confident, creative and capable people they have the potential to be. Adam is also the Founding Director of illuminate Future; a Director of The Van Diemen Project (helping hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs to do great things); Chair of the Program Advisory Board for GOAL! (a sports/STEAM education program being championed by North Melbourne Football Club’s The Huddle); Founding Curator of the Launceston Global Shapers Hub (connecting youth focused on driving global change); Advisory Board Member for the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, (helping underpin education outcomes across his home state of Tasmania); and importantly, a husband to Jessi and father to two young boys.

Adam’s involvement in entrepreneurship and economic development also saw him chosen to participate in a US Government funded study tour with 22 other social entrepreneurs to learn more about innovation ecosystems and social impact ventures in the United States, as well as selected to participate in the world’s largest innovation process for the Sustainable Development Goals, UNLEASH held in Singapore (2018) and Shenzhen (2019).

How Will It Be Delivered?

In light of the restrictions around gatherings and travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IGNITE Business Launchpad will be delivered in a very different form in 2020 – designed to allow for more flexibility throughout the program that will help everyone in the program be able to fit in the program amongst work, study and other commitments.

It is important to state that due to the digital delivery of the IGNITE Business Launchpad in 2020, we are not reducing any of the components that were originally on offer – and in fact, believe that with this new style of delivery there is even more time for one-on-one support throughout the program.

Business Bootcamp
Instead of delivering the weekend business intensive workshop as originally planned, the sessions will be broken into six distinct parts and delivered over six weeks to all participants, allowing everyone the opportunity to flexibly watch the sessions and engage through the innovation process on offer.

On top of these six sessions, all participants will be able to schedule in one-on-one discussions with Adam to talk through the content being shared and their business ideas, allowing for individual opportunities to stretch and grow.

Gala Pitch Night
The Pitch Night is an important part of the program, and we intend to run this in either September or October 2020 in person if the current restrictions are lifted. If that is not the case, we have a plan for a digital pitch event, but would prefer to deliver it in person.

Ongoing Workshops
The ongoing workshops have been rescheduled for later in the year, to allow more time to let restrictions be lifted in response to COVID-19. These sessions are powerful to help you learn from business experts in the community as well as each other, and while we can also deliver these using digital platforms, we would prefer to deliver them in person.

We understand that these are large changes to the program, but it is important to state that we are intending to deliver all of the components of the IGNITE Business Launchpad in a manner that encourages engagement and interest using digital platforms.

I’m Interested – But Tell Me More…

Anyone between the age of 12 and 24 can apply to be part of the IGNITE Business Launchpad, as long as you study, work or live on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Typically there are only a limited number of places in the program due to the size of the venues used. However in light of the restrictions around COVID-19, the program will be delivered in a very different form.

With the program being delivered in a flexible manner online, we can offer up to 40 people places in the IGNITE Business Launchpad in 2020, allowing more young people to benefit from the sessions and materials being shared.

No, not necessarily. You might have a passion to do something and we can develop that in the program, or else you might have something you have been wanting to start for a while – just enter with those details and we can talk further about the opportunity we can provide.

Firstly – congratulations! We always love hearing of young people who are being entrepreneurial and making a way for themselves while young.


The requirement around the competition is that you must be operating your business for less than twelve months at the time of entry to apply that idea into the competition. Most entrants will be applying with business ideas or concepts they have talked about but not yet actioned, so this is to keep it fair for all involved.


If you are unsure, please just register your interest and we can talk to you further about your application to clarify any details, as we are eager to support and benefit as many people as possible.

No. The program runs through the Business Bootcamp, Gala Pitch Night and Further Workshops which will provide support and valuable insights, but there is no money available through the program for business ideas to access.

Registrations of interest are open now, and will remain open until July 31, 2020.

While that gives you plenty of time to apply, it is best to apply as early as possible to make sure you can access the support on offer.

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