Australia, 30 October, 2015: , Australia’s national peak advocacy group for technology entrepreneurship, has welcomed The Office of the Chief Scientist’s latest report on boosting high-impact entrepreneurship in Australia through the involvement of the Australian university sector.
The report has stated that regions with successful entrepreneurial cultures have a vibrant university sector that encourages and fosters entrepreneurship and innovation.
CEO of StartupAUS, Peter Bradd, said: “One of Crossroads’ key action points is to improve the quality and quantity of entrepreneurship education in Australia, which is why it’s great to see the connection being made between forward-looking universities and entrepreneurialism.
“To have any chance of growing a robust startup ecosystem, Australia needs an entrepreneurial mindset as a society, as well as the practical skills to successfully launch and grow businesses with global potential. Australia is currently a long way behind other parts of the world, particularly the US, in this regard.
“At the present time, the Australian education system is geared toward preparing students for the workforce. It does not adequately equip young people to start businesses, particularly high-growth startups.
“Universities have a vital role to play in educating and cultivating future entrepreneurs. However, in most instances the quality of entrepreneurship education in Australian universities is extremely low. This is in part to the fact that most academics teaching entrepreneurship have no first-hand experience in a startup and therefore deliver courses that are heavy on theory and light on applied content.
“The Chief Scientist’s latest report recommendations, such as entrepreneurship programmes in mainstream subjects at universities, harnessing entrepreneurs as role models and hands-on learning through incubators, accelerators and overseas placements, must become actions in order to really make a difference.
“We look forward to working with all major parties, industry and the university sector to support the connection being made between forward-looking universities and entrepreneurialism,” Mr Bradd said.
About StartupAUS: StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.