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Sydney School of Entrepreneurship calls on the state’s most talented students – applications now open
Today, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) urges NSW students to apply for The Navigator; an immersive unit of study to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and skills. The mindset and skills developed from completing The Navigator are vital in preparing the next generation of job and business creators to thrive in the workplace of the future.
“Our mission is to build a diverse community of next-generation entrepreneurs, creating jobs and businesses of the future. The Navigator develops student entrepreneurs to more effectively equip them with the skills and mindset required to succeed in the workplace of the future,” SSE’s CEO Nick Kaye said.
The Navigator brings together leading academics and students from SSE members – all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW. The unit of study is curated by University of Technology Sydney with support from Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University and UNSW Sydney.
The Navigator is a larger common stage that brings together a community of students, academics and industry to share knowledge and develop entrepreneurial skills,” Mr Kaye said.
The experiential learning activity embeds student entrepreneurs in ecosystems and connects them with peers, industry experts, policy makers, entrepreneurs and mentors.
“One of the key activities of The Navigator is the SSE Massive Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt (#SSEMESH). This enables student entrepreneurs to converse with and understand the wider startup community where they visited key players such as Canva, Stone & Chalk and Cicada Innovations, to name a few,” he said.
Macquarie University and co-founder of Fin Free Sydney, Ashley Avci adds Navigator participant to her impressive list of achievements.
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“Participating in The Navigator was a once in a lifetime experience that provided me with unique insight into Sydney’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Navigator has opened so many doors for me to pursue my ideas and provided a base for continued support throughout my endeavours, Ms Avci said.
The ten-week immersive learning program combines online and face-to-face learning intensives and is available to all undergraduate students of SSE’s 12 member institutions. Mobility scholarships are available towards travel and accommodation making the opportunity accessible for students in regional locations. There are no student fees payable to SSE to complete this unit of study.
Students can apply directly or be nominated by their university or TAFE NSW via sse.edu.au. Applications close on 4 February. The Navigator runs from March – May 2018.
Local TAFE NSW and university students are invited to take up an opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills at the NSW Government-backed Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). Applications for “The Navigator” – SSE’s unit of study – are open until 2 February and local students may be eligible for scholarships to help with Sydney travel and accommodation costs.
SSE brings together NSW’s 11 universities and TAFE NSW in a unique partnership to help develop NSW’s future entrepreneur and businesses.
The not-for-profit SSE provides training and mentoring for students wanting to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and skills to establish innovative businesses into the future.
The Navigator has been designed to help university and TAFE NSW students learn how they can interact with their local and the broader startup ecosystem.
The 10 week unit involves online learning as well as two immersive intensives at the SSE campus in Sydney from 16-18 March and 2-4 May.
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship CEO Nick Kaye said: “We develop the entrepreneurial mindset and skills for our student entrepreneurs to thrive in workplaces of the future”.
“Students who participate in the Navigator course will be connected with peers, industry experts, policy makers, entrepreneurs and mentors.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the SSE was founded following a $25 million cornerstone investment by the NSW Government.
“SSE will help a new generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers to thrive. It’s a key part of our efforts to create a dynamic start-up environment in NSW,” he said.
Students can apply online or be nominated by their university or TAFE NSW at www.sse.edu.au. Applications close on 2 February 2018.
The first cohort of budding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales have completed The Navigator unit at the newly established Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). The pilot unit saw students from across the state take part in online and face-to- face study, where they gained a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset.
Mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Massive Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt (MESH) enabled students to understand the Sydney startup community through experiential learning, an innovative learning approach used at SSE.
SSE CEO Nick Kaye said, “This first cohort has attracted students from all 12 of our member higher education institutions and it’s been inspirational to see such diverse and talented students from right across the state.
“Our students represent a variety of disciplines including medicine, botany, engineering, design, law and technology. With a thirst to learn and support one another, they have been a true reflection of SSE and our value in cross-disciplinary learning,” said Kaye.
The Navigator unit was led by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with the support of Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University and began with a two- day intensive workshop in August, with supplementary online work completed through OpenLearning.
Roy Green, Dean of the UTS Business School at the University of Technology Sydney said, “We were delighted to lead the first unit offered by the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and gratified by the interest and enthusiasm of this first student cohort.
“Coming from all over NSW, they have had an opportunity to identify, map and analyse the innovation ecosystems around their own institutions, and gain an insight into the success factors for entrepreneurial ventures and networks,” said Green.
When fully operational, at least 1,000 students each year will participate in SSE courses and activities during their degree or TAFE program, with many more taking part in a program of co-curricular activities including workshops, hackathons, educational boot camps and networking events.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro today opened the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE), a partnership between all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW to develop the entrepreneurs and jobs of the future. Mr Barilaro said the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship was founded following a $25 million cornerstone investment by the NSW Government.
“Located in Ultimo’s thriving cultural, educational and entrepreneurial precinct, this new central headquarters and campus will be home to classes, workshops, lectures, and meetings on entrepreneurialism for students from across NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“When fully operational, at least 1,000 student entrepreneurs each year will participate in SSE courses and activities during their degree or TAFE program, with many more taking part in a program of co-curricular activities including workshops, hackathons, educational boot camps and networking events.
“This new campus will allow a new generation of entrepreneurial thinking to thrive, providing a diverse and interconnected community.
“Today’s opening is an important milestone in our efforts to build the NSW economy by creating a dynamic entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem,” he said.
The SSE will be run by Australian Nick Kaye, a global entrepreneurship leader. He returns to Australia following a ten year stint as the head of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
“I’m particularly pleased Nick Kaye has come home to run the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship. Nick’s decision to take on the job is a clear sign of just how significant this place will be on a global scale,” Mr Barilaro said.
Originally a shoe factory and then a school of fashion and footwear, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s building has been cleverly converted to create a unique experiential learning environment that can accommodate one-on-one sessions through to interactive guest lecturers and events of up to 250 people.
CEO Nick Kaye said SSE has launched its first pilot course for student entrepreneurs – called ‘The Navigator’ – with the first of two three-day intensives complemented by online study.
“The Navigator is bringing together students from all 12 SSE members to embed them in our entrepreneurial ecosystem and connect them with their peers, industry experts, policy makers, entrepreneurs and mentors,” Mr Kaye said.
“It is being led by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with support from Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University.
“But this is just the very start for SSE, which will bring together high-performing students from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, demographics and locations from across NSW.
“We are creating a larger common stage for students, members and partners to collaborate and innovate helping drive our economy,” he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, have announced TAFE NSW Ultimo campus as the location for the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). The SSE is a unique partnership between 12 tertiary institutions (11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW) which was launched with a $25 million investment by the NSW Government.
“Innovation is the cornerstone of jobs growth in NSW and we are embedding the SSE in TAFE so skilled students and upcoming entrepreneurs can access education, information and networks, placing NSW in a leading position, not just domestically, but also internationally,” said Mr Barilaro.
The SSE will provide access to practical training, support and mentoring for up to 1000 students a year as part of their degree or TAFE course.
“The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship will become an innovation powerhouse for NSW, driving our economy and creating job opportunities,” said Mr Roberts.
SSE Chief Executive Officer, Nick Kaye, has returned to Australia to take up the role.
“The building and the school itself will create a bigger common stage and ideal conditions for a new generation of local entrepreneurs to thrive,” Mr Kaye said.
Founding academic partners include Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.
Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Prof Andrew Vann, said: “Innovation is an increasingly important element of education and for universities in NSW to come together and be part of such a collaborative and ground-breaking initiative is a hugely positive and progressive move for the future of students and the state.”
The NSW Government has secured the Executive Director of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Nick Kaye, to head up the new Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). Mr Kaye has been Executive Director and CEO of the Stockholm School since 2005. The Stockholm School has a world class reputation of educating students who have gone on to extraordinary business success.
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, said the SSE will help transform our brightest university and TAFE students into founders of a new wave of high growth companies.
“To do that, we need the best people running the show, which is why Nick Kaye has been recruited to head up the SSE,” Mr Roberts said.
“Nick’s track record in Stockholm has been outstanding, especially considering some of his students graduated from the Stockholm School and went on to found companies worth more than a billion dollars.
“He holds a proven recipe for success which can be reproduced and expanded upon here in NSW to help create new businesses and new jobs, so it’s a major coup to have him on board.”
Minister for Skills, Regional Development and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the appointment of Nick is an excellent addition to the SSE which will help navigate the future of business and innovation in NSW.
“The SSE will connect TAFE students and business owners to international resources and knowledge to start up, scale up and innovate business,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This initiative will ensure businesses are exposed to international intelligence and counsel on business innovation, sustainability, and differentiation. SMEs are the engine room of jobs growth in NSW and the SSE will ensure endless opportunities for existing and prospective business owners as they create the jobs of the future, adding to the million jobs SMEs have created over the past six years.”
Mr Kaye said he was looking forward to bringing his skills and experience back to Australia.
“Graduates from Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship have set up businesses, from SMEs to billion-Euro ‘unicorns’, that have created thousands of jobs, and amazed Sweden and the world,” Mr Kaye said.
“The same ingredients for success that existed in Stockholm, exist in NSW – an amazing reservoir of talent, plus committed, forward-looking universities, colleges and business organisations, all eager to work together and with their eyes on the prize.
“I look forward to Australian Soundclouds and Klarnas coming out of the SSE and taking the world by storm. This is a great opportunity, for all of us.”
The SSE is a joint venture between NSW universities and TAFE NSW, funded by a $25 million grant from the NSW Government.
A new Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) will be established with a $25 million investment aimed at placing NSW at the epicentre of entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific region. The SSE will be a joint venture between NSW universities and TAFE NSW, and is supported by some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs. The school will bring together high performing students from all disciplines to learn, collaborate and experiment as part of their undergraduate degree or TAFE course.
They will also receive the practical training, support and mentoring they need to kick start innovative businesses.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the school would help further promote a culture of entrepreneurialism in NSW.
“Entrepreneurship is critical to driving innovation and that is why it’s so important we educate and encourage young people to create new businesses focused on the global market,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This School will foster collaboration and use the expertise within our world-class universities across a range of disciplines. We want to help create a critical mass of informed, dynamic and enthusiastic professionals with the practical skills required to thrive as an entrepreneur.
“The SSE will foster the emergence of small innovative companies with the potential for rapid growth – and that means job creation.”
The SSE is modelled on the esteemed Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship in Sweden – a country that has consistently outperformed almost every other on global innovation indices.
More than one-in-three graduates of the Swedish school have successfully launched startups, including two high-profile ‘unicorns’ (start-ups valued at more than $US 1 billion) such as Klarna, as well as the highly successful SoundCloud, ClocalNet, Jaycut, Readmill, Tasteline and Videoplaza.
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, said the SSE will ambitiously pursue similar results.
“We know that 46 per cent of all startups in Australia are based in Sydney and NSW already accounts for 64 per cent of all tech startup activity across the nation. It is estimated the tech startup sector could be worth $109 billion to the national economy and create 540,000 jobs by 2033,” Mr Roberts said.
“The SSE will not only ensure we remain number one in the nation, it will put NSW at the epicentre of entrepreneurship in the region.”
It is expected about 1000 top students from partner universities and TAFE NSW – those identified as bright, energetic, creative and committed – will pass through the SSE each year.
Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the partnership between TAFE, universities and industry experts will prepare job ready students and ensure that students acquire skills that are central to building a workforce of the future.
“The SSE is about reshaping and reinvigorating the way we approach business in Australia,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We need to harness the creative and entrepreneurial spirit that exists in our young people so they can build the jobs of the future.”
“It is particularly important that we make sure this opportunity is open to students from metropolitan and regional areas equally.”
It is anticipated the SSE will be up and running in 2017.