Our mission is to inspire and help you create success
Who is BusinessNavigate
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BusinessNavigate is synonymous with helping aspiring women and men become an entrepreneur or create a startup business.
Our main website – BusinessNavigate.com – is where we help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you’re deciding entrepreneurship is right for you, beginning a side-hustle, or a startup business.
We put together all the elements that go into creating and growing a new business, such as self development, sales and marketing and more.
We provide free information including videos, blog, ebooks, checklists, cheatsheets, templates, and other resources to help you fast-track your journey.
Our Academy – BusinessNavigate Academy – is our training portal which is dedicated to helping you fast-track your transformation to success.
This is where we host our in-depth paid and free video training courses designed to quickly take you to the next level.
Why we created BusinessNavigate
People want to live better lives, filled with passions and aspirations, provide for their families, make a real difference, but lack effective solutions to make their dreams come true. This may well describe you.
As you can imagine, once someone discovers what we “do for a living” they get excited at the prospect of starting a business and want to know every single detail of how we do what we do, and how they can apply that knowledge to their own circumstances.
We’ve always been more than happy to help aspiring entrepreneurs with information and moral support, and will continue to do so. But we’re often asked for more, to help develop their ideas and turn them into new business opportunities.
This is especially once they discover we’re trusted advisors to universities and large research companies on innovation, and assist them commercialising their Intellectual Property through startups and spinoffs.
Over the years we’ve assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs this way, and with the more interesting ideas we’ve taken it to the next level and invested in them. This transformed us into becoming Angel Investors.
But it’s incredibly limiting, and every year we can help only a handful of entrepreneurs this way.
This is why we founded BusinessNavigate and BusinessNavigate Academy so we can share our knowledge and experience with the entire world.
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We are inspired by a core set of values that forms the foundation the BusinessNavigate culture.
They keep us focused on what is important as we continue to grow.
It is how intend to keep long-term relationships with our subscribers and students.
We believe compassion, empathy, kindness, self-awareness, understanding and a positive can-do attitude are vital ingredients to empower each other to create a better world.
We aim to be the best version of ourselves and have the courage to be the change. We will always be authentic and transparent and believe in honesty, truthfulness. We respect each other equally in all that we do.
We are curious and act with the big picture in mind. We challenge ourselves, and our students, to be leaders and be receptive to new ideas, creatively solve problems to discover and innovate elegant new solutions.
To thrive we need to listen and evolve together, recognise each other’s strengths, support and help each other to achieve collective goals and outcomes.
Courage is having the resilience, persistence, perseverance and willingness to act in accordance with your own values. Be a leader and have the confidence in your own voice to empower yourself and those around you.
We are all connected and should do our best to make the world a better place. We respect the diversity and dignity of others and value honesty and integrity in all our communications.
Venture Funds Raised
Since 1985 we’ve worked with some of the most talented and innovative people we know. We advised and consulted to universities and large Research and Development organisations helping them commercialise their Intellectual Property in highly diverse industry sectors.
Startups and Spinoffs
We’ve reviewed hundreds of our clients’ projects, primarily to assess the projects’ commercial viability and investability. For the projects that showed good promise we mentored many of the innovators behind the projects.
These projects were in diverse industry sectors including Horticulture, Animal Health, Climate Change and the Environment, Health and Wellness, Semiconductor Industry, Education, Engineering, Mental Health, and Technology Incubators just to name a few. One project- BluGlass – led to an IPO listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.
We helped secure over $215m investment for twelve of these projects and launched them as a startup or spinoffs. This included the Australian Hearing Hub, Australian Technology Park, eBiz Accelerator, Macquarie Technology Business Incubator and Science Park Adelaide.
Our own Startups
We have launched (and secured investors in) ten of our own startup businesses in diverse industry sectors including Education, Consulting, Health and Wellness, the Wedding industry, online/ecommerce retail in Fashion and Millinery, Digital Animation and Video Production.
Mentoring, Training, Angel Investing
This led us to setting-up a mentoring and training program to help entrepreneurs realise their dreams, aspirations and goals. We invested in several of their projects.
To broaden our abilities to help more people we recently pivoted to online learning and founded BusinessNavigate and BusinessNavigate Academy.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Creativity | Marketing and Communications | Technology
Karen is a high-achieving creative who loves entrepreneurship. Using her curiosity, empathy and obsessive attention to detail, she takes ideas from the concept stage and turns them into reality. Her expertise extends across diverse disciplines such as marketing, creativity, technology, product development, web development and video production as well as training and education. She thrives on collaborating, community and helping others prosper. Karen also likes to give back whenever she can.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Interdisciplinary Scientist | Startup Business Expert
One of my key and unique strength is an ability to integrate knowledge and methods from highly diverse disciplines to develop a holistic view. I draw on my BSc in science, BAHon in political science, a Masters degree in innovation, and decades of consulting experience in commercialising intellectual property. This has enabled me to develop a unique voice and become a successful serial entrepreneur in many different industries. When working or studying with us you’ll directly benefit from this, whatever your background.
Meet our Team
We are a diverse team who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, and we love sharing our knowledge through mentoring, coaching, education and training.
We research, create and publish in-depth courses, a blog, ebooks, checklists, cheatsheets, templates, tools and other resources covering a wide range of topic areas, key business concepts, ideas, techniques, business models and strategies.
Collaborative relationships that nurture, support and protect are extremely important to us. We actively seek life balance, care passionately about the environment and always look for opportunities to make a real difference.
We know there is greatness within us all, and we are all capable of achieving any goal we set for ourselves. We also know that change can only happen when you leave your comfort zone behind.
We believe success is directly related to mindset, your level of curiosity, the positive people surrounding you and access to the right advice to create the momentum you need to reach your entrepreneurial goals.
You can connect with us via our blog, social media Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Lucas van den Berg
Video and Audio Editor
Some of our Amazing Clients
We’ve had the pleasure of working closely with and advising some amazing and innovative organisations,
world-class brands and trusted leaders in their field.
You can view all our testimonials here