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Celebration of Entrepreneurship 2018

The exciting and dynamic world of entrepreneurship feels a little closer and less inaccessible for 30 CHAC students who attended the Somerset Celebration of Entrepreneurship last Tuesday at Somerset College on the Gold Coast. While at the event, the Years 9 to 11 students participated in an Entrepreneurship Simulation game that underlined the interconnected nature of various entities in society, from government to venture capitalists to tech start-ups to the agriculture sector. This underlined potential pitfalls for naive entrepreneurs unaware of how the world works.

Thought-provoking and mind-expanding presentations followed, including:

  • Dr James Birt, Associate Professor at Bond University (Interactive Media and Design) on the rise of eSports and future jobs associated with them.
  • Dr Clarence Tan, Adjunct Professor at Bond University (futurist and former Asia Pacific Ambassador for Singularity University, a benefit corporation based on NASA’s research campus in Silicon Valley) on exponential and disruptive technologies and their impact on society.
  • Navdeep Pasricha, CEO of iYouth Global, on their organisation that delivers entrepreneurship workshops to young people internationally.
  • Nev Hyman, surfboard manufacturer and Founder of Nev House, on a lightweight, affordable house for the developing world that uses panels made of recycled plastic and sustainable materials, which can be erected in three to five days.
  • A panel of high profile entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who fielded questions about how to become an entrepreneur and the qualities needed to be successful.

The experience was a valuable one for staff and students who attended, especially as our programs continue to develop out of the Enterprise Centre.

Barbara Mossman
Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education