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Bill Withers

ADAPT By Design

SMEs powering our economies

Bill Withers has a passion for organisational resilience. In 2013 he founded ADAPT by Design to address the many challenges business owners face, specifically in the SME sector.

Over 22 years, Bill built a software company called acQuire, servicing the global mining industry. Because of the boom and bust nature of mining, he discovered the need for a total systems approach to building business to ensure resilience.

Bill has deep empathy for entrepreneurs and values ‘having a fair go’ in life. He enjoys coaching and mentoring others so that they too can meet their aspirations.

Bill has won numerous awards in his time as a business owner, including Austmine Champion of Innovation Award, Best SME Succession Plan and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Technology and Emerging Industries).

ADAPT By Design

The Framework Story

“Our ADAPT journey began in 2013; a vision to support business owners with the many challenges and obstacles they face. We were passionate from the start of viewing businesses as a system and using a data-driven approach to decision making.

But we didn’t just want to give owners advice; we wanted a way to make that advice stick. We used our technology background to build a platform to capture data about every aspect of their business; improving transparency and accountability now and into the future.

We released our first version of the platform in 2014. Our method was complex! Over the last six years, we have gone on a journey to refine the ADAPT Way; listening to feedback from our customers and coaches. The ADAPT Framework is the result of our learning.”

– Bill Withers, Founder ADAPT by Design