Top digital leaders support next generation of Aussie startups
Startup community backs Macleay College’s aspiring entrepreneurs
Australia, 12 November 2014: Leading entrepreneurs are backing Australia’s youth startup generation in association with premier independent education provider, Macleay College.
Today’s Macleay Enterprise Exhibition Day will see 17 groups of entrepreneurial students pitch their business ideas to a panel of industry experts before proceeding to display their product in round two of the startup initiative. Here the panel will evaluate their business idea, their exhibition stand and the group – and along with course leaders – they will identify the top five business ideas.
The event is designed to introduce students into the Australian startup space through their ventures shaped under the guidance of established international business leaders, specially drafted in to lead the course. The practical program has proven a success to date, with lecturer, entrepreneur and VC, Andrew Robinson, having already invested in a Macleay student’s business initiative.
Today’s entrepreneur-led judging panel includes:
- Anthony Farah, CEO of digital innovation company Vivant, the company behind the Commonwealth Bank’s award-winning mobile wallet application Kaching, and TEDxSydney app
- Brian Housten, Founder and Director of VideoSift, voted best video aggregator by PC World Magazine
- Trevor Lindars, Founder and Director of innovation consulting firm Sigma Rose
- Ilse Vanhulle, Manager at Deloitee Cloud Services
- Andrew Robinson, founder of one of the world’s first knowledge trading social networks and News Entrepreneurship lecturer at Macleay
- Ronan Healy, Executive Coach, Startup Mentor and current Entrepreneurship lecturer at Macleay
Anthony Farah, CEO at Vivant, which has its own digital Ventures arm, is dedicated to finding and supporting local entrepreneurs and startups and is keen to help pioneer the next wave of business leaders, stating: “Some of Australia’s, and indeed the world’s, best business talent comes from our younger generations. It is vital that we, within the industry, nurture them and continue to develop and sustain our nation’s startup eco-system.”
Macleay head of business Dr. Jane Hession added: “It’s refreshing to see so many of our established entrepreneurs actively investing in the growth of Australia’s startup community, and naturally this would extend to backing the next generation.
“As StartupAUS’ Crossroads report noted, if Australia is going to compete on an international scale with established entrepreneurial economies including the USA, UK and Ireland, we need to encourage kids, parents and students of all ages to celebrate the entrepreneurial mindset.
“At Macleay, we advocate a practical learning environment to get our students ready to step straight into the industry – and even better with a ready-made product. Having an idea is one thing, having the knowledge and acumen to execute it is another. That’s what our teachings are all about.”
Macleay will host the event as part of the college’s investment in entrepreneurship. The event is an extension of the college’s unique Entrepreneur unit, in which students develop a business idea and then fund and grow that venture.
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About Macleay College:
Macleay College is Australia’s premier independent college, with a focus on making careers happen. The college prepares students for job opportunities in the real world by providing the latest industry skills and education, connections and practical work experience. Macleay offers a comprehensive advertising diploma, as well as accelerated journalism and business degrees and diplomas. Business courses are developed around specialist interests such as real estate, event management, sports management and travel and tourism with entrepreneurial courses also part of their unique offering. Macleay’s tertiary courses have an emphasis on multi-media qualifications, and offer students a hands-on approach, which ultimately helps fast track their career within just 12 months. The boutique college has a primary campus in Sydney and a Melbourne campus, which specialises in journalism education.