MEDIA RELEASE Macleay College to host free entrepreneurship forum exclusively for young people Tuesday, 3 June 2014: Leading independent education provider, Macleay College, is today announcing the return of the Macleay Entrepreneurship Forum, a free event that offers students and young professionals the opportunity to hear from some of Australia¹s pioneering young businessmen and women in the digital space. The forum, which was launched in 2013 in response to the growing interest in entrepreneurship among young people, will return on Wednesday, 9 July2014 at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf and will feature talks from six of Australia¹s top digital leaders, including five entrepreneurs under the age of 30. The keynote will be presented by Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO and Founder of venture technology company Blue Chilli . Blue Chilli creates web applications and develops software for online start-ups. Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, a weapons engineer who left a ten-year career in the Navy to pursue his passion in working with start-ups and was awarded EY Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging category in 2013, will discuss how he plans to become the world¹s smallest multinational business and reach his goal of investing in 100 start-ups by 2016. Other speakers in the line up include: · Genevieve George, Founder of recruitment platform OneShift , a site which matches jobseekers to employers specialising in temporary positions · Kath Purkis Eckersley-Maslin CEO and Founder of Her Fashion Box , a new subscription fashion website · Whitney Komor, CEO and Founder of social scheduling platform, The Best Day · Bridget Loudon, CEO and Founder of Expert360 , an online platform that gives professionals access to high quality talent in a flexible and cost effective way · Jamie Moore, General Manager of Hello Sunday Morning , an online program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol Each speaker will touch on their personal journey as a young entrepreneur, the challenges and opportunities in today¹s business world, plus offer advice for other young people wanting to start out on their own start-up journey. The event will also include a pitch competition for Macleay students and recent business graduates, where future entrepreneurs will present their unique business idea for the chance to win a cash prize. Macleay head of business Dr. Jane Hession said: ³With more and more young people looking to turn their passions and interests into start-up businesses, there is a strong need for a place where they can gain insights from successful leaders and have an opportunity to ask questions about the entrepreneurial process. ³The Macleay Entrepreneurship Forum promises to educate and inspire in equal measure. We are delighted to be hosting some of Australia¹s most successful young digital entrepreneurs. We¹ve also made a conscious decision to shine the spotlight on female start-up founders we think this is a major growth area for our national start-up scene.² Macleay will host the forum as part of the college¹s investment in entrepreneurship. The event is an extension of the college¹s unique Entrepreneur unit, in which students develop a business idea and then fund and grow that venture. 2013¹s keynote speakers included John McGrath, CEO of McGrath Estate Agents; John Winning, CEO and founder of Appliances Online; Jane Huxley, MD of Pandora Radio; Vanessa Picker, CEO of online start-up Fitusin.com.au and who was also named Young South Australian of the Year, and Michael McGoogan, a teenpreneur who cofounded multimillion dollar web hosting company UberGlobal. For more information visit: macleay.edu.au. – Ends – For more information: Ashford Pritchard 02 9492 1040 / 0411 020 680 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com> About Macleay College Macleay is Australia¹s premier independent college, with a focus on making careers happen. The college arms students for job opportunities in the real world by providing the latest industry skills and education, connections and practical work experience. Macleay offer accelerated journalism and business degrees as well as industry-led 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. They also offer a comprehensive advertising diploma. Macleay¹s 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.