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Unit – Structuring for Success

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You can't build a rocketship without a plan...

Success - whether it be starting a business, landing your dream job or changing the world for the better - doesn't just happen. You need a plan.

Structuring for Success will help you create, test and finesse that plan, as you dive headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship.

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Georgia Muller Southern Cross University
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Learn how to structure a venture with business model innovation

Structuring for Success is a truly transdisciplinary, industry-focused unit, that will help you reimagine the world around you and guide you from drawing board to launch pad in just 10 weeks.

You'll gain the skillset and the mindset you need to make your next big move - whatever that might be.

Students will take an experiential journey through business model analysis and innovation but make no mistake, Structuring is not just for business students. We'll look at social innovation and impact, meet entrepreneurs from a diverse range of fields and help you explore your niche - whether you're a hacker, hipster or a hustler.

You'll work alongside amazing students and educators from around NSW, get expert mentoring and pitch your idea to real investors, gaining practical experience on how to structure a new business to capture maximum value.

Structuring is for you if:

  • You want to know what it actually takes to start a business from scratch or create a sustainable social venture
  • You're keen to meet like-minded students from different disciplines and institutions across NSW
  • You want a flexible learning experience to fit around your schedule
  • You're currently studying at any of our 12 education partners (11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW).

2019 Dates

Applications close 4 August 2019
Unit duration 5 August - 6 October 2019
Start of unit (online) 5 August 2019
Intensive block (held at SSE Campus) 13 - 16 September 2019


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Meet the Teachers
Meet the Teachers Owen Hogan

Following a long career as a professional musician, composer and entertainer, Owen now teaches in areas of innovation, strategy and value creation. Owen and the cross-disciplinary team at SCU have developed Structuring for Success as a practical and fun guided journey through designing, starting and pitching a venture, whether it be for purpose or profit.

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The nitty gritty

Learning roadmap

See what’s in store for you with our week-by-week online learning map below.

SFS Roadmap 2019

Graduate capabilities

This unit helps you to achieve the following SSE Graduate Capabilities (GC):

  1. Interdisciplinary teamwork:
    Collaborative and reflective contributions to interdisciplinary teamwork in ways that advance the work of your team, facilitate the contribution of others, foster a constructive team environment and respond effectively to conflict that arises
  2. Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills:
    Knowledge and skills in relation to entrepreneurship (i.e . presenting, interviewing, pitching, )
  3. Critical thinking:
    Critical and creative thinking in relation to how value is created and captured
  4. Communication skills:
    Effective interpersonal and communication skills, empathy and succinct visual, oral, written and digital presentation skills with diverse stakeholders about entrepreneurial opportunities
  5. Wider community considerations:
    Integration of ethical, social, political and environmental responsibilities when considering entrepreneurial initiatives
  6. Strategic thinking and decision-making: Strategic solutions within an entrepreneurial context.

Co-curricular study

This unit is not currently available for credit and is considered as a co-curricular activity.

All students who complete Structuring for Success will receive a certificate of completion and can add the achievement to your resume or LinkedIn profile.

Who can apply? 

No matter what you’re studying or where you live, if you are a student currently enrolled at an SSE member institution, you are eligible to apply*.

SSE members are Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.

*TAFE NSW International Students are not currently eligible for this unit. We are working on a solution and will update this page when further information is available.

Applications process

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