In a global business environment experiencing rapid technological advancements, digital disruption and increasing demand for exceptional customer experience, businesses and organisations are needing to embrace innovative approaches to both survive and thrive.

This course will provide a background to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation, and a framework for thinking about the driving forces that underpin innovative and growth orientated entrepreneurial business ventures. You will learn how these approaches can be applied within a range of organisations from start-up ventures through to small and medium enterprises and larger corporations.

Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or working within an established business - this course will help develop your entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to identify and develop new opportunities, products and services, designed to generate value and commercial success within your own organisation.

Program Benefits

This is a contemporary course with theory linked to application which will benefit both individuals and organisations in a variety of ways.

Individual benefits:

  • Gain awareness and understanding of the entrepreneurship and innovation imperative.
  • Build knowledge and skills to evaluate and apply innovation tools and frameworks.
  • Acquire enhanced understanding and application of design thinking.
  • Move innovation from intention to practice.
  • Gain insight about the cultural and behavioural shifts needed to adopt entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to business.



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Organisational benefits

  • Recognise the triggers for innovation and assess the potential of entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities within the organisation to capture innovation and leverage entrepreneurial behaviour.
  • Build internal capabilities to apply design thinking to enable small and large scale innovation and continuous improvement, building and improving customer experience in organisations.
  • Be ahead of the curve by providing pathways for your organisation to innovate and stay relevant.


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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

2 full day modules
9:00am to 4:30pm

9 - 10 December 2024

UniSA Business
City West Campus, 
North Terrace,

2 day course: $1,495
Group discounts available.
*Early Bird: $1,390

*Available for enrolments received by Friday 22 November 2024

Emerging, mid-level and senior business leaders and executives from the private, public, and not-for profit sectors.

What you can expect

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fundamentals.
  • Design and Entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial Growth.
  • Recognising Opportunities.
  • From Product to Enterprise Design.
  • Entrepreneurship in the Corporate Setting.

Key areas we will consider:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Global, organisational, and individual perspectives.
  • Innovation and the entrepreneurial process.
  • Sources of opportunity.
  • The push and pull dynamics of opportunity.
  • Your business opportunity landscape.
  • When is an idea an opportunity?
  • Design as an economic concept
  • Design thinking and process.
  • Designing the value proposition.
  • Business growth principles including evolutions and revolutions, stage transitions and dynamic states.
  • A systems view of enterprise.
  • The paradox of entrepreneurship.
  • Differences in strategic approach.
  • The Ambidextrous Organisation.

Learning Materials and Catering

  • All participants will receive a hard copy workbook upon arrival.
  • This course is fully catered including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Credit Pathways and Certificate

  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion for attending this course.
  • You can gain a credit into the Leadership and Management Essentials Program (LME) by successfully completing this course and its assessment. 
  • The course offers an opportunity for pathways into the UniSA MBA Program through the LME Program. 

Learn from the experts

Sarah Curtis-Fawley

Sarah Curtis-Fawley is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Psychology, Sarah managed a large national research project on juvenile justice for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  A Fulbright Fellowship brought Sarah to Australia for the first time in 2001, where she was on staff at Griffith University’s Department of Criminology. Sarah then spent several years working for the state of South Australia, managing demonstration projects under the auspices of the Social Inclusion Unit.

In 2008 Sarah moved back to the States and launched a specialty wholesale bakery and hospitality company in Portland, Oregon. The business grew rapidly and was featured on national media including the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and the Travel Channel. The success of Sarah’s company and its contributions to the community led to her recognition as a ‘Woman of Influence’ by the Portland Business Journal. Sarah sold her business to investors in 2019, and then moved back to Adelaide to raise her young daughter as an Aussie.

Sarah has a Master of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide, lectures at UniSA Business, serves as a Non Executive Director for several start ups and scale up businesses, and is the Managing Director of R&D Pumps and Power and Thinkwater Fleurieu.

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Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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