At the 2019 Vivid Festival, Simon joined a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs as they explored how to master the keys to being your own boss.

Whilst it’s never been easier to start a business, most businesses close within a few years.

To a packed house, they spoke about the ‘real world’ experiences of being an entrepreneur and how to thrive in the growing gig economy. Despite the somewhat glorified Silicon Valley narrative, it’s not all ping pong tables, bean bags, and unicorns.


The panel explored five key stages of success to not only keep your doors open but how to thrive in building your dream business and entrepreneurial career that can last a lifetime.

    1. Getting Started
    2. Making Money
    3. Achieving Results
    4. Revenue Management
    5. Tracking Your Progress

Check out the event highlights below:

The Panel was hosted by Patrick Harrison from Solo and Smart. Solo and Smart is designed to give individuals all the tools they need to start and run a successful business.

What is Vivid Festival?

Vivid Sydney is a yearly festival in Sydney, Australia, known for its impressive light displays, music concerts, and idea-sharing events. Running for about three weeks from late May to June, the festival fills Sydney with creativity and excitement. Famous for its brilliant light installations, the festival lights up major landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge with colorful and artistic projections made by global artists.

The festival also offers a variety of live music with local and international artists. Additionally, ‘Vivid Ideas’ is a key part of the festival, providing a space for creative minds and businesses. Leaders discuss and present new ideas through talks, workshops, and conferences covering technology, innovation, and the arts. All these aspects combine to make Vivid Sydney a hub of creativity and innovation, attracting both tourists and locals, and marking it as a major event in Australia’s cultural scene.

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Simon Banks

About the Author

Simon Banks is an Author. International Keynote speaker and Podcaster on creativity and innovation and recovering Artist. He’s delivered over 1400+ events across the globe and is known for running innovation workshops, conferences and design sprints to brew fresh thinking and solve wicked problems. His book A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation is out now.

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