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Dec 17

10x Young Entrepreneurs to Inspire Disengaged Youth

To be equipped for the jobs of tomorrow the youth of today need to learn new transferable entrepreneurial skills to succeed. This means a stronger focus on educators to cultivate entrepreneurial education. But many struggle to find the right resources to engage and inspire disengaged youth. Many youths find the thought of running their own … Continue reading 10x Young Entrepreneurs to Inspire Disengaged Youth

30
Jun 16

The future of education is not what it used to be

The question on most students’ minds when they graduate from high school is: What university degree should I study? What concerns me as an educator in an up-and-coming generation is this cultural paradigm that we should all choose to go to university if we are accepted, without question and at any cost. In my view … Continue reading The future of education is not what it used to be

08
Jun 16

What do entrepreneurs think about education?

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Recent commentary by Silicon Valley tech luminaries Paul Graham and Marc Andreesen suggests the role for Universities in entrepreneurship education is limited. The best thing Universities can do is be a great University; get out of the way, and support the acquisition of relevant industry experience before striking out as a founder. Their advice is … Continue reading What do entrepreneurs think about education?

26
May 16

Government commissions new research into innovation and entrepreneurship

The Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has commissioned new research into the drivers of entrepreneurship in Australia. Announcing funding of up to $360,000, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said the research will help ensure future policy decisions effectively support entrepreneurship. “As the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda boosts … Continue reading Government commissions new research into innovation and entrepreneurship

06
May 16

Start-ups give mixed budget reviews

The federal budget has received mixed reviews from the start-up community. An agreed positive outcome is the expansion of the New Enterprise Investment Scheme (NEIS) which will provide help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners. This is an encouraging step which sees entrepreneurship as a viable career path – the job maker versus … Continue reading Start-ups give mixed budget reviews

27
Apr 16

Research-industry collaboration for innovation: turning lemons into lemonade

Universities and their industry partners are often uneasy bedfellows, given that their strengths and incentives are either in research or development/commercialisation. To put it simply: for researches, ‘innovation’ means ‘invention’; while for industry, innovation often means ‘product development and commercialising’. Often both are product driven and lack a strong market focus. Universities are not applied … Continue reading Research-industry collaboration for innovation: turning lemons into lemonade

19
Apr 16

Making the top 10 in collaboration between industry and academia

Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris AC has urged Australian entrepreneurs and researchers to embrace collaboration with confidence. Addressing this week’s conference on Driving Research Impact Mr Ferris said that Australians needed “an enthusiasm for the possible”. “Australians have proved themselves to be exceptionally good competitors,” Mr Ferris said. “We compare ourselves with the … Continue reading Making the top 10 in collaboration between industry and academia

07
Apr 15

Collaboration Vital to Future of Fintech – Advice from an Investor

“Build a great product in a big market that’s supported by a great team” – simple advice for Fintech entrepreneurs from Managing Director of venture capital group, Reinventure, Danny Gilligan. There is no doubt that the opportunities for Fintech startups are huge – particularly from a collaborative perspective – but we still have some way … Continue reading Collaboration Vital to Future of Fintech – Advice from an Investor