The aim is to help people with new businesses or ideas for businesses get on a path to developing a product or service consumers genuinely want and will pay for."It's about learning rapidly - lots of little things - before you run out of money,” he said."Lots of these ventures will have a very real risk of running out of money before they find out the answer.” Mr Eldridge said business owners often sought his help with marketing and advertising too late - they'd launched a product nobody wanted.
THE phenomenon of speed dating-style business mentoring is coming to the Sunshine Coast next week.Organisers have lost count of love matches, with this year’s 35th-anniversary souvenir program featuring a seemingly endless line-up of couples from across Queensland and Australia who have met, dropped to one knee or said “I do” at the festival.Among them are Michelle Storey and Clinton Anderson from Woodford, who met at the Gympie Music Muster in 2006, married in front of the festival’s Crowbar seven years later and introduced their six-week-old daughter, Ariya, to the feel-good shindig in 2014.Two years earlier, Tracy and Darren Cummings from New South Wales lassoed their favourite country music singer Lee Kernaghan into a wedding snap at the Muster.Even multi-award winning country music superstar Troy Cassar-Daley met his missus at the event in 1993, proposing in the same spot, backstage, two years later.
Mentor Blaze at The Hive, Kontiki business centre, will bring experienced Coast-based entrepreneurs, new startups and aspiring entrepreneurs together for two hours of high-speed one-on-one feedback.