Our Program

To create lasting community benefit in today’s rapidly changing world, we need to work and think differently.

SMART SEEDS is a design-led innovation program empowering emerging leaders to co-create integrated solutions to complex challenges.

Powered by GHD with partners, Smart Seeds nurtures the collective creativity and entrepreneurial mindsets of emerging leaders to co-create lasting community benefit.

WE ENGAGE | Industries | Communities | Schools & Universities

WE REACH | Australia | New Zealand | the UK North America  


Workshops and Events


Senior industry and community leaders alongside passionate subject matter experts meet to shape challenges for the program ahead based on some of the region’s most pressing issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring a challenge from their organisation to share with group. Links to national and global challenge themes are identified and challenge statements developed ahead of the program’s participant launch event.



The official launch of the program’s participant events, where teams are formed, challenge statements are selected and mentors introduced. After the welcome and launch component, participants learn essential tools for insightful customer discovery, matching these challenges to specific user centric problems experienced by the community. The newly formed teams begin planning their approach for customer research and insights. Teams begin and continue research in their own time ahead of the Design Thinking Workshop.


This fast paced workshop to guides participants through the use of tools and techniques to support the generation, testing and refinement their ideas.The workshop is designed to build a solid understanding of the problem to be solved and provide a platform for ideation. Following the design thinking day, teams continue to ideate, refine and test ideas ahead of the pivot panel.


Teams will be taken through tools and techniques to test their ideas. Teams rotate through several mentors to get feedback in addition to time spent working with their own,  sharing their ideas and discussing how they reached these through the research and insights they have undertaken.


Teams are have landed on their final idea and are beginning to refine their solution. They have the opportunity to present to a set of panellists to get final feedback and questions on their solution before refining their pitch for Showcase.



10 weeks of hard work has culminated to this! Our teams will present their innovative solutions to a room of industry guests and panel of judges to gather support for ongoing development or implementation.


Learning Framework

Our approach to deliver learning outcomes uses a combination of methods adapted from Design Thinking and Lean Business Development methodologies. At all times we blend learning styles to engage participants; learning by theory, learning by doing, and learning from others.
Participants work in teams, supported by mentors and senior leaders to co-create integrated solutions to our most complex challenges.

Get in touch.

We invite organisations who believe in the collective creativity of their emerging leaders and communities to participate and partner with Smart Seeds.

For more information about how your organisation can be involved in Smart Seeds, contact us at info@smartseeds.org.

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