To successfully scale your company, you need to understand how money moves through your business. But where can you go to learn this information without completing an accounting degree?

UQ Ventures in partnership with BDO for Startups, has designed this Financials Fundamentals workshop specifically to increase your financial literacy and confidence with numbers. Our focus is to empower startup founders and small business owners with the critical financial knowledge needed to become scalable, investable and saleable in 2022.

“The BDO Courses have been the best business planning courses I’ve done by far. I’ve done plenty of professional development over the last eight years of business ownership and the energy, team talent and content the BDO team bring is top notch.”

- Paul Mead, Co-founder of She Maps

Cost: $1,250 GST Inclusive per ticket – 20% off for UQ Students and Alumni

Inclusions: One day workshop, $5,000 of AWS Credits, $25,000 of Stripe and Airwallex transactions fee free

Limited spaces avaliable: There are only 20 spots available for this workshop. Spaces are limited, so reserve early to confirm your place.

As part of this workshop, you will explore:

  • How money moves through your business, and how it is tracked via your cash flow, profit loss and balance sheet
  • The key financial metrics that determine the health of your business
  • Your pricing strategy and business model for scale and/or investment
  • The scalable, investment and saleable potential of your business, right from the very beginning

Who is the course for?

Post-revenue startups and SME’s who are doing between $100,000 to $2 million/year in revenue.

Topics covered

  • Stages of Business Growth – from startup to exit
  • Financial Fundamentals Quiz
  • What is financial literacy
  • Financial Fundamentals
  • Activity – How Cash Flows Through Your Business
  • Business Model & Pricing Strategy
  • Financial Fundamentals Quiz
  • 90 Day Action Plan & BDO Financial Literacy Certificate


Marc Orchard is the Director of Startups at BDO, and the founder of the BDO for Startups program. Prior to this, he was the Brisbane City Manager of Fishburners, an award winning co-working space for early stage tech startups. Marc has also previously started, scaled and sold his own financial planning firm, which he grew from $0 to $30 million of funds under management in less than three years. Marc has extensive experience in early stage, high growth company advisory, capital raising and board management and is well connected in the Australian startup ecosystem. His goal is to help passionate founders grow world class companies, and to empower Queensland’s startup ecosystem to become a mecca for the world's best scaling companies.

Rhys Cupples is BDO’s startup accounting specialist, and has worked with pre-launched startups to companies securing $100 million investment. He is an expert in all major cloud accounting platforms but specifically a Xero specialist. His specialty is small and medium enterprises and startups who wish to achieve high growth traction.

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Cost: $1,250 GST Inclusive per ticket – 20% off for UQ Students and Alumni


The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4067
Global Change Institute (Building 20)