To celebrate the ACT Microcredit Program's 5th Anniversary, this year's Festival of Ambitious Ideas showcased 12 speakers from a variety of sectors including family business, social enterprises, education institutions, young entrepreneurs, clean technology, ICT, creative industries, government and academia.

The theme for this year's Festival of Ambitious Ideas was the 'Future of Work' and each speaker shared their experiences of how they have harnessed drivers of change such as flexible work, globalisation and collaborative technologies to meet future challenges.

Thank you to our sponsors: Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Westpac Institutional Bank, CBR Innovation Network, Vincents Chartered Accountants, WOTSO WorkSpace and Orana Steiner School for providing an incredible venue.

A big thank you to our speakers, including our keynote Professor Brian Schmidt from the the Australian National University and Yvette Berry MLA, Minster for Community Services.


Festival of Ambitious Ideas 2015 Speakers:

Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Community Services

Professor Brian Schmidt, Australian National University

Dee Whitby, Orana Steiner School

Sarah Pearson, CBR Innovation Network

Sebastian Perri, Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

Calum Spring, Cardboard Keep

Kelli Donovan, Pure Pod

Kate Freeman, The Healthy Eating Hub

Joanna Richards, Solution Solution

Jo Scard, Fifty Acres

Jennifer Hancock, WOTSO WorkSpace

Clare Gilligan, Makers Lane

Kim Houghton, Strategic Economic Solutions

Tony Lane, Vincents Chartered Accountants



About Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre
Lighthouse has a strong track record of supporting entrepreneurs, researchers and inventers on the path from concept to commercialisation. Since July 2008, Lighthouse has worked with over 990 distinct enterprises and provided group and peer based services to over 3400 enterprises and individuals. For over five years Lighthouse has successfully delivered business advice, education, mentorship and networking opportunities to help these businesses commercialise their ideas and grow their companies. Lighthouse also delivers programs such as the ACT Microcredit Program for the ACT Government. Visit for more information.