Program Type
Executive Education

Think Like an Entrepreneur



Everyone falls into the trap at some point, where they are mired in the day to day, the urgent but not important and even incremental progress feels laboured.

This program is designed and delivered by Grant Downie, to provide current and aspiring CEOs with a reinvigorating refresher on being entrepreneurial. A provocative and explicit reminder of what’s important for the individual and their business.

*Each of these initiatives will be delivered in conjunction with key professional partners and staff of Pitcher Partners



Think Like an Entrepreneur: 2 day workshop

This is a 2 day workshop, with follow up coaching to look at a specific entrepreneurial challenge for each company:

  • A fresh reflection on ‘what is our value proposition?’
  • A reminder of ‘who our customers are’
  • A commercial assessment of performance, including profitability, return on investment and potential for scale
  • A review of tools to help ensure alignment to corporate strategy and the construction of compelling business cases, including the Business Model Canvas and System Dynamics

The program is a practical melding of classic corporate approaches and start-up methods, to provide leaders with a framework to constructively challenge for growth and commercial improvement.

Grant Downie will offer this as a 2 day workshop with Customer Discovery interviews being held on the second morning and follow up coaching related to a company specific project.

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Grant is passionate about helping people with courage and a desire to change their world to get started or to scale. He specialises in creative strategising, helping people to see their opportunities and to do business differently. He is an adviser, enabler, and entrepreneur, and stages entrepreneurial and startup events and programs.

Grant is co-founder and Principal of Innovaction (est. 2011) focusing on entrepreneurs and startups, and Principal of Dynamic Strategies (est. 2007) offering resources for corporate projects and advice. He has a practical emphasis and works with companies of all sizes, not-for-profits and government as well as startups.

He has lectured at or collaborated with learning institutions including the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School, La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University of Technology, and RMIT University. Through international collaboration partnerships, he identified and brought both Launch48, a weekend business launch format, and the Startup Leadership Program, to Australia.

He has a Master of Business Administration from Mt Eliza/Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate member at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a professional member at the Australian Human Resources Institute.



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