Who are we?

Navig8Biz is an Online Business Academy

Delivering Business Courses Differently

In 2018, Joanne Brooks and Nick Barnsdall founded Navig8Biz with the intention to elevate business owners and entrepreneurs to new heights by educating business in an easy, fun and accessible way – online!

Written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Navig8Biz is the platform that educates business owners with real-life knowledge. Learning how to keep your business afloat has never been more important.

Nick and Jo launched Navig8Biz with a mission to empower business owners and entrepreneurs to achieve the success they have always hoped for, run the business of their dreams and find the freedom they deserve.

Armed with the knowledge that only 20% of businesses will survive the first five years, and over 50% of the workforce will be self-employed by 2021, Navig8Biz set out to change the way entrepreneurs approach business and increase the success and longevity of businesses the world over.

Navig8Biz was founded on the desire to lift you from startup to success and to give you a better business and a better life. Join our community of mentors and business owners, and start building the business of your dreams.


Meet Our Founders


Joanne Brooks’ persona is down-to-earth and her energy is contagious. She has spoken at many events, empowering and education women and business owners across the country. Jo is a leading specialist in the field of business education, having founded and built her own startup from zero to 30m in only 18 months. Among this, her personal story has been likened to a Hollywood screenplay – a story that must be told.

With a career spanning over 20 years in finance and banking, and a further 15 years in education, Joanne has also educated and mentored hundreds of clients in commercial lending, career development and business acumen.

“While I’ve worked in many industries, including Financial Services, Education, Manufacturing and Government, my passion lies with Education. Being able to pass on my business and finance skills is a role that means a lot to me. I love nothing more than the lightbulb moments I share with my students; knowing I can transform businesses and lives is extremely rewarding.” ~ Joanne, Founder of Navig8Biz.


Nick Barnsdall is the owner and director of 13 different companies, some of those self-founded, reaching an annual turnover of over $100m. He now specialises in mentoring and building SME businesses to reach their full potential, and has been dubbed a superhero when it comes to launching and overhauling businesses.

Nick bought his first investment property in 1991 at the age of 16, and started his first company at the age of 19. Since then, he has founded, managed and built multiple small, medium and large businesses across several industries.

Nick is highly respected in his community and remains true to his character; down-to-earth, cheeky, likeable and authentic – traits that are evident in the Navig8Biz courses.

Nick is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directions, The Australian Institute of Management and the Small Business Association of Australia.

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