40+ hrs of interactive online content

40+ practical tools and templates

Tasks & projects

Online social community

Technical support

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40+ hrs of interactive online content

40+ practical tools and templates

Up to 5 hrs of one-on-one coaching

Tasks & projects

Online social community

Technical support

3 months of exclusive events

Full program


6 tailored classroom sessions

Dedicated one-on-one coaching

Industry experts & thought leaders

Tutorship & learning support

Pitching & presenting practice

40+ hrs of interactive online content

40+ practical tools and templates

Tasks & projects

Online social community

Technical support

6 months of exclusive events

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” - Aristotle

What to expect

Socratic learning

Learn through peer discussion, guided by industry experts and thought leaders. Engage with ideas and concepts in a collaborative, yet personal format.

Practical resources

Access over 40 hours of online learning material, over 80 tools and templates, and a dedicated coach. Our material is evergreen to ensure your skills are relevant.

Real projects

Your project will be entirely focused on launching your own venture. Each week will see you completely several real tasks that foster real progress and real outcome.

Guaranteed outcome

Develop new capabilities and real outcomes. We stand by our courses- if you don't get the outcome you hoped for, we will give you a full refund of the program cost.

Accreditation pathway

Depending on your experience and the project you complete, you may be eligible for credit towards a masters qualification with one of our partner institutions.

Join our community

Access six months of workshops, events and other Plato Project events for free. Meet like-minded people, share ideas and build your network and expertise.

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” - Aristotle

The curriculum

In line with the insights and experience of our industry partners, we’ve created a modern education program that provides you the support, frameworks and networks you need to successfully develop your own, purpose-driven start-up. Across each week you will complete real tasks with the support of experts, building your business in line with current best-practice.



__ Finding connection to your purpose
__ Idea generation and validation
__ Self-awareness, ‘grit’ and EQ
__ Ethics and social responsibility

Empathy & customer understanding


__ Identifying market needs and opportunities
__ Developing customer personas
__ Empathising and mapping customer empathy
__ Identifying customer pain points and needs

Business model development


__ Understanding the components of a business model
__ Building a Business Model Canvas
__ Validating, feedback and pivoting
__ Developing a real-world prototype or MVP

Launching to market


__ Marketing approaches and strategies
__ Creating and maintaining strategic partnerships
__ Sales strategies
__ Branding and competitive positioning

Leading effectively


__ Start-up finance
__ Raising capital and pitching
__ Finding the right team
__ Developing a support network

Preparing for the future


__ Mapping the customer journey
__ Articulating specific and effective metrics
__ Creating clear action plans
__ Developing a forward-looking business strategy

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What our students say


“The course was the push I needed to finally put my idea into action & put something tangible together. Also a great place to meet like minded people!”


"Plato Project gave me the inspiration to get my business idea off the ground. The support and guidance gained from the course was invaluable."


”Condensed and intense! Great cohort of like minded individuals. Plato Project's real world learning methods are pragmatic and fast paced. I have learnt heaps, thank you”

Is this for you?

Career Changes
Who want to find more meaning in their life, carve out a new path and strike out on their own.
High Performing Graduates
Who want to underpin their academic studies with a more practical, ‘real world’ understanding of business.
Who want robust and practical-based knowledge to start a new venture that succeeds beyond expectations.

Our experts

The Plato Project works with a range of industry experts. Their insight and experience will ensure you get the most out of your learning experience. Here are just some of the successful, highly qualified experts that we are proud to work with.

James Tutton

James works across a portfolio of complementary executive and non-executive positions in the property, mental health, arts, education and business spheres.

Barbara Hyman

Barbara leads people and culture for REA Group in Australia, Europe and China. She has a background in human resources, marketing, business strategy and law.

Helen Souness

In her role as Managing Director, Asia and Australia of Etsy, Helen is driven by the company’s mission of “reimagining commerce in ways that make for a fulfilling and lasting world”.

Sérgio Brodsky

As strategy director at Starcom Mediavest Group, Sérgio seamlessly connects strategy with execution to build great brands.

Elliot Costello

Elliot is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP. YGAP believes that a world without poverty is possible.

Simon Griffiths

Simon is a social entrepreneur who has turned his considerable business talents towards saving the world “from the bottom up”.

Industry Partners

We capture the insights and expertise of our market-leading industry partners to deliver programs that address and enhance the relevant skills and capabilities needed for business success.

How much does it cost?

Depends on what you want to get out of the program. The full program is $2500, whereas the online program starts from $199. Students can access payment plans and scholarships. Ask for more details.

How can I pay?

We require payment on commencement of each program. By application, we can offer 12 month payment plans. If you are engaging with us to further your career with your current employer, ask us about our proposal template that you can send to your respective leader for reimbursement.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It’s all about you and your goals. The core learning for the full program runs over six weeks. You do however have access to the online material which you can utilise over a longer period of time. Also, your project can be a longer undertaking, if you wish. We recommend that students in the online courses complete their course material in six weeks.

Are your programs accredited?

Whilst we don’t offer accreditation ourselves, our programs offer an accreditation pathway with one of our partner higher education institutions. Depending on your situation, it is possible to gain credit towards a Graduate Diploma or a Masters qualification. Ask us for more details.

What will I get out of the program?

Each program we offer is specifically designed to foster genuine capability development. This means theoretical understanding as well as the ability to practically apply that theory to produce meaningful, valuable outcomes. By completing any program with us, not only will you complete a project which demonstrates tangible value, you will walk away with a capability you can apply on a daily basis.

What projects will I work on?

In each of our programs, you are required to work on a project. This increases engagement levels, encourages deeper learning and provides you with outcomes that are useful. As such, the project you work on is up to you – we want it to add value to the rest of your life.

Are there prerequisites to get in?

The Plato Project is a serious business school for serious people. People who are serious about themselves, their goals and what they are trying to achieve. It isn’t for those who want to earn a qualification for their CV, it is for those who want to improve and achieve real world outcomes. So long as this is you, there are no prerequisites.

When can I start?

You can get started right away. For our full programs, we have intakes monthly. Simply apply using the relevant forms and you’ll have all the information you need to get started online immediately.

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