by Michele Ripper, startup founder from Heyfield

All things are possible. A creative thinking program that empowers businesses, adults, new mums and children to create change
MindFlo motto in 3 words? Explore Excite Expand Michele says she has taken 'the bush track through her life instead of the highway'. The challenge for her was to create a fabulous, awesome, international business from a small country town.”

 

Startup Gippsland: Let's get to it! How did you learn about Startup Gippsland and what was your first thought about it?

Michele: Through a friend who had been told about it!

Startup Gippsland: Why did you want to join the program? What was the problem you were trying to solve?

Michele: I wanted to learn more about scaling a business, creating a great network of positive Gippsland people and being part of creating an exciting regional movement. I have always thought Gippsland has a huge potential and lots of talented people.

Startup Gippsland: What was your experience like in the 12 weeks of the program? 

Michele: The best part of the program is that I've met these fantastic people. Just to be mixing with people who've got that bigger view and that bigger intention, that’s what I didn't have before.

Startup Gippsland: What are the biggest benefits of you undertaking the program? Can you provide an example of how it worked for you?

Michele: I have broadened my horizons and vision of what could be. There is a big difference between running a local small business and a start up. Everything is from a bigger perspective and even though things are only at the beginning you have to hold the big picture in your view and believe that you can do it.

Startup Gippsland: Have you discovered new or different users for your product/service, compared with original expectations? Are you still pursuing your original startup idea? 

Michele: Yes and no. My startup is still about helping people improve their lives and give them the momentum and guidance to design a a compelling and fulfilling future, however after researching and going through the SUG process, I have changed the name of my business to suit the higher aspirations and I have now found the he starting point in my international quest. Watch this space www.thelifefandango.com.au

Startup Gippsland: What was your biggest success after undertaking the program? Personal or professional (or both)! 

Michele: My biggest success is to have found a wonderful network of clever, talented inspirational people to help me along my path to success right here in Gippsland which means I do not have to travel into Melbourne, for world class advice, workshops etc...

Startup Gippsland: what was the most important skill you’ve learnt, and a realisation you’ve had during/after the program?

Michele: My number one skill I have learnt is to recover quickly from failure, learn the lessons and continue to grow and expand your thinking.

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"One skill I have learnt is to recover quickly from failure, learn the lessons and continue to grow and expand your thinking.”
"I wanted to learn more about scaling a business, creating a great network of positive Gippsland people and being part of creating an exciting regional movement. I have always thought Gippsland has a huge potential and lots of talented people."

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