2019 media releases
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) today announced that Dr Annabelle Duncan has been elected as Chair of SSE’s Board of Directors.
Dr Duncan, who was elected to the Board as a Member Representative in 2018 and again as an independent Director in 2019, brings significant higher education, governmental and private sector experience to the growing institution and will lead SSE’s diverse and experienced Board to help drive SSE's new strategy in 2020 and beyond.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Sarah Jones said that “Dr Duncan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role, as well as great passion and demonstrated leadership."
"Annabelle's eminent career in the public and private sectors, and her background working as Vice-Chancellor at one of NSW's regional universities, makes her the perfect choice for helping SSE to implement its new strategy, providing more rich and impactful experiences for diverse students of all ages and backgrounds across NSW."
Dr Duncan said she was honoured to accept the role and is looking forward to supporting and shaping SSE’s vision to bolster employability and jobs creation through skills growth and entrepreneurial education.
“With our new strategy launching in 2020, SSE is poised for a new era,” Dr Duncan said.
“I look forward to working with Dr Sarah Jones and the talented SSE team to further enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of people across New South Wales.”
Dr Duncan will take over from Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM, who was SSE’s founding Chair of the Board.
Dr Duncan joined the rest of the Board in thanking Emeritus Professor Wainwright for his guidance and leadership of SSE.
“Mark leaves a tremendous legacy of success, helping found SSE and grow to over 8000 participants in just over two years,” Dr Duncan said.
“The entrepreneurial and higher educational community owes him a huge debt of gratitude and I look forward to building on his hard work at SSE.”
Prior to her appointment, Dr Duncan served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England (UNE) from 2014 until 2019. She joined UNE in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Before joining UNE, Dr Duncan spent 16 years at CSIRO, which included six years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science.
From 1990 to 2005, she acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.
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An online virtual internship designed with the support of the NSW Government to give budding entrepreneurs a taste of startup life is attracting interest from all corners of the globe.
The Virtual Startup Internship Program gives undergraduates, graduates and those looking for a change from a corporate career an opportunity to build experience and skills of what it’s like to work in a startup.
The internship is online, free and accessible to anyone in Australia, and across the globe, with internet access.
The program has been created by the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and the Sydney Startup Hub, in collaboration with NSW-based edtech innovator InsideSherpa, who graduated from Silicon Valley's best known and most respected tech accelerator - Y Combinator.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the program – which has been trialled in beta mode – has already attracted close to one thousand students from NSW, across Australia and around the world.
“Hundreds of people across NSW have already dived into the Virtual Startup Internship Program to get a taste of startup life, with females accounting for almost half of enrolments, which is an encouraging sign for gender diversity across future startups,” Mr Ayres said.
“From Sydney to Darwin and Perth, to London and Tokyo, people worldwide who are interested in learning about working in a startup are enrolling in this program driven by the Sydney Startup Hub, along with some of the state’s brightest entrepreneurial minds.
“The Virtual Startup Internship Program fits perfectly with the Sydney Startup Hub’s goal of being a conduit to, and support for, the NSW startup ecosystem, opening doors and insights into what might, for many budding professionals, be the otherwise unknown or daunting startup ecosystem.”
The virtual internship allows users to complete real-world tasks and learn practical skills from three innovative NSW startups: Vennu (an innovative venue booking platform based in regional NSW); Homecare Heroes (a social startup disrupting the aged and disability care industry); and Longtail UX (which automates search engine marketing and optimisation).
Jonathan Jones, Education and Training Director at the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship said student tasks are based around non-technical skills such as product management, social media marketing and sales for international expansion.
“The goal of the program is to help boost the pipeline of talent considering a career working with, or starting their own startup,” Mr Jones said.
“At the end of the course students will be encouraged to explore jobs and internships at startups.”
Visit insidesherpa.com/virtualstartupinternship to find out more and enrol in the Virtual Internship Startup Program.
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Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) today announced that Dr Sarah Jones has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective 01 October 2019.
Dr Jones, currently Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, will lead the organisation through its next phase of strategic growth.
Executive Chairman Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM said Dr Jones’s leadership, passion and experience will help deliver opportunities that facilitate jobs growth and economic development across New South Wales.
“Sarah has already been working tirelessly to consolidate SSE’s activities and make entrepreneurship education accessible to anyone in the state and around the country,” Emeritus Professor Wainwright said.
“With a deep understanding of the organisation and almost twenty years' combined experience in higher education and industry leadership, she is the perfect person to build on the strong foundations of SSE’s unique collaboration and global reputation.”
Dr Jones said that SSE will work even harder to amplify its collaboration with government, education partners, industry and startup businesses, and is dedicated to creating a centre of excellence focussed on delivering impactful opportunities that enrich a state-wide culture of entrepreneurship, cultivate jobs growth and nurture entrepreneurial leaders of the future.
“Entrepreneurship is an inter-connected web of collaboration. SSE is committed to empowering and connecting diverse peoples, businesses, communities and resources from across the State and beyond the borders. SSE aims to equip Australians to respond to the changing demands of the modern workforce and raise the prosperity for all.”
“In our first two years of operation, SSE has welcomed over 6000 people to more than 130 learning activities from Wollongong to Wagga Wagga. I am excited to lead a dedicated team in delivering services that will have real-world impact."
Dr Jones will take over from Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright, who was SSE’s founding Chair of the Board and has been Executive Chairman since April 2019.
An exciting partnership between the NSW Government and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) today announced 33 startup hopefuls from across NSW who will join a 10 day immersion bootcamp in India’s fast-growing tech startup ecosystem.
SSE conducted an eight week talent search for emerging entrepreneurs across the NSW innovation ecosystem, including its 11 member universities and TAFE NSW, to attract a diverse mix of startups with a solid pitch, strong IP and a strong fit with the India market.
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair welcomed the announcement under the Government’s $1.6 million innovation partnership between NSW and India to allow entrepreneurs greater access to markets and knowledge.
“Immersing this diverse group of NSW based startups in the Indian innovation ecosystem is a sure way to drive innovation and creativity,” Minister Blair said.
“The exposure and specialist mentoring they’ll receive on scaling a global business makes the sky the limit for creating high growth companies.
“38% of startups headed to India are based in NSW regional communities, 35% are women, and they represent a diverse mix of tech solutions seeking a global market.
“These emerging entrepreneurs will learn from India’s best and brightest, gaining direct access to global leaders in innovation who can guide their businesses in dynamic and fast developing technology markets,” said Minister Blair.
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s Education and Training Director, Jonathan Jones sees huge potential for SSE’s next International Bootcamp to the thriving Indian innovation centres of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.
“Connecting 33 rising stars with dozens of globally successful Indian startups and multinationals in four global Indian cities is a remarkable opportunity,” said Mr Jones.
“Through SSE’s network of 12 member institutions and partners we’ve reached startups from every corner of the state, with new business solutions ranging from using AI learning in chicken farms and worm farms, to documenting community history.
“The shortlisted 33 participants will take an SSE Masterclass on doing business in India, then begin the 10-day bootcamp connecting with India’s diverse startup ecosystem,” said Jonathan Jones.
26 January 2018– SSE Masterclass
An online module with a face-to-face session at SSE Ultimo campus. Focused on pitching, presenting, cultural awareness and doing business in India.
27 January 2018– Depart Sydney. 10 days in Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Pune and Bangalore.
- For Itinerary in India – click here
- For Bootcamp details and 33 participant profiles, contact Susie Gemmell at SSE.
- For program overview, visit – sse.edu.au/India
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2018 media releases
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and the NSW Government today launched a joint program to immerse 40 young entrepreneurs from across NSW in India’s fast-growing tech startup ecosystem.
The Young Entrepreneurs International Bootcamp India will send young entrepreneurs with an early stage startup to India in late January 2019 to learn from the country’s best and brightest industry leaders.
Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair welcomed the announcement under the Government’s $1.6 million partnership between NSW and India to allow entrepreneurs greater access to markets and knowledge.
“Young entrepreneurs will learn from India’s best and brightest, gaining direct access to global leaders in innovation who can guide their businesses in dynamic and fast developing technology markets,” Minister Blair said.
“Sydney School of Entrepreneurship is ideally placed to identify talent from anywhere in NSW and connect them with some of the best entrepreneurs and technology experts in the world, via the globally renowned Mumbai accelerator Zone Startups.
“It’s a great opportunity to foster collaboration between young, talented startups in NSW and India,” said Minister Blair.
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) CEO Nick Kaye embraced the opportunity to lead SSE’s next International Bootcamp to the thriving metropoles of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.
“SSE is seeking out forty rising entrepreneurial stars from across NSW,” said Nick Kaye.
“Connecting next generation Australian entrepreneurs with 40+ globally successful Indian startups and multinationals, and specialist mentoring on scaling a global business, makes the sky the limit for creating high growth companies.
“SSE seeks talent from any location and discipline. We’re visiting five regional centres during October, seeking out founders with early stage, scalable global startups that will benefit from exposure to the India market.
“While the focus is on sectors such as smart cities, internet of things, clean tech, artificial intelligence and machine learning, anyone with grit and drive should apply.
“It’s an enormously valuable chance for an early stage startup to be immersed in the India ecosystem and gain access to local networks in four global cities, as international flights, accommodation and program fees are covered.
“The shortlisted 40 participants will take an SSE Masterclass on doing business in India prior to joining the 10-day program to connect with India’s diverse startup ecosystem,” said Nick Kaye.
1 November 2018 – Applications close
28 November 2018 – Offers finalised
25-26 January 2018 – SSE Masterclass
An online module with a face-to-face session at SSE Ultimo campus. Focused on pitching, presenting, cultural awareness and doing business in India.
26 January – 6 February 2019 – Young Entrepreneurs International Bootcamp – India
Departs Sydney 26 January 2018. 10 days.
Application eligibility criteria:
- A startup based in NSW, with an ABN registered in NSW
- A completed proof of concept and detailed pitch deck
- A solution or product that is scalable globally
- Hold IP or the rights to commercialise
- Current passport and eligible for visa procurement
- An entrepreneurial spirit
For full details visit – sse.edu.au/India
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Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) has reached its first year of operations driving next generation Australian entrepreneurship.
In a highly dynamic and impactful first year SSE welcomed 4,000 participants including academic faculty, student entrepreneurs, startups, industry partners, government representatives and community. SSE hosted more than 100 activities at its Ultimo campus and at member campuses across NSW.
2,000 student entrepreneurs from diverse locations and disciplines participated in learning activities, including a Speaker Series, Global Series, Masterclasses and International Bootcamps. SSE’s core unit of study, which can be taken for credit by student entrepreneurs from member institutions, is led by specialised academics recognised as expert in their field and industry practitioners.
“Reaching the first year is an important milestone for any new venture,” said Nick Kaye, CEO of Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.
“The collaboration between all 11 NSW member universities and TAFE NSW is undergoing an exciting curriculum development, rolling out new units of study at the cutting edge of entrepreneurship education in our second year.
“We’re proud that opportunity at SSE is open to student entrepreneurs from metropolitan and regional areas – at least 30% have come from locations outside Sydney.
“More than 100 bright, energetic, creative and committed student entrepreneurs, from different disciplines and institutions across NSW, have graduated from our first unit of study. A further 60 are enrolled this semester.
“We equip our graduates with a global entrepreneurial mindset and high impact skills, connecting them to a growing network of local and global partners.
“The measure of success in years ahead will be those student entrepreneurs who go on to start high growth companies and create new jobs,” said Nick Kaye.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Small Business and Skills John Barilaro congratulated SSE on its first year anniversary.
“When we invested $25 million to help establish Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, we did it with the aim of creating a place where students from across the state could come together, start thinking like entrepreneurs, and potentially go on to turn their creative ideas into thriving businesses.
“It’s a remarkable place that fosters creativity, collaboration and ambition – all qualities we all want to encourage amongst our youngest, brightest minds,” said John Barilaro.
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Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) brings together student entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and locations across NSW. We connect them with industry experts, policymakers, academics, entrepreneurs, advisers and their student peers, in an experiential learning environment.
Our vision is to be the leading entrepreneurial school in Australia, ultimately creating next generation jobs and high growth businesses.
Our collaboration is unique because it’s globally unprecedented – all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW collaborating on a larger common stage for student entrepreneurs to learn, connect and thrive – more than any one could achieve alone.
Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Sydney, The University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.
Students across NSW can kickstart their entrepreneurial future by joining The Navigator, a core unit of study by Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). Undergraduate students enrolled at 11 New South Wales universities and TAFE NSW of all locations, disciplines and interests are encouraged to apply now via www.sse.edu.au.
A ten week online and face to face learning activity, The Navigator is curated and taught by University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Macquarie University, Charles Sturt University and UNSW Sydney.
“We were delighted to continue to lead this core unit for Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and gratified by the interest and enthusiasm from the diverse community of budding student entrepreneurs across NSW” said Emeritus Professor Roy Green, UTS Innovation Adviser.
Working in inter institutional and cross disciplinary teams, the Navigator helps to build entrepreneurial mindset and capability. SSE students will discover, map and analyse startup ecosystems around where they live, work and study. Providing direct access and valuable insights into innovation networks, this experience will connect students with like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and doers to “navigate” their own entrepreneurial success.
The Director of the MBA in Entrepreneurship, Dr Jochen Schweitzer, and the Director of the Diploma in Innovation, Dr Martin Bliemel at University of Technology Sydney said, “We collaborate with SSE as a large common stage to explore and deliver academic best practice in interdisciplinary, experiential learning. This Navigator continues the unprecedented opportunity to teach entrepreneurship across two of our own faculties and alongside three inter institutional colleagues including Dr Lara Moroko from Macquarie University, Dr Selena Griffith from UNSW Sydney and Professor Morgan Miles of Charles Sturt University. SSE is a new collaboration for new ways of learning and it’s exciting to be at the helm of the first core unit of study.”
Says Navigator class of 2018 alumni, Lachlan Hicks from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst: “SSE is such a good melting pot of different mindsets and perspectives. That helps me as a young entrepreneur by broadening what I can see, know and understand when tackling my challenges. For a lot of regional students, we don’t have opportunities like these. The Navigator is a great way for young entrepreneurial minds to understand what’s going on in their local spheres and ecosystems. It helps them learn how they can be a player in those ecosystems to make a change.”
Key facts about the Navigator
- Commences 25 July with compulsory face to face intensives in Sydney 3-4 August and 13-14 October 2018.
- May be available for credit towards a university degree or TAFE NSW program. Check eligibility via FAQ’s. Registrations for credit must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 June.
- Students from rural and regional locations are encouraged to apply. Mobility scholarships are available to support travel and accommodation for the Sydney intensives.
- Learning outcomes include inter-disciplinary teamwork, entrepreneurship knowledge, critical thinking, communications, wider community considerations and decision-making.The Navigator cohort for Spring 2018 will be selected on the basis of making the opportunity accessible and ensuring diversity across SSE members, disciplines, locations and gender. All interested and eligible should apply as soon as possible via https://sse.edu.au/core-unit/.
About Sydney School of Entrepreneurship
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) is an unprecedented collaboration between all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW. SSE brings together highly motivated students from a range of backgrounds, disciplines and locations from across NSW with the purpose of driving next generation Australian entrepreneurship. Independent and not-for-profit, SSE was established in 2016 with cornerstone investment by the NSW Government.
- 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
- Western Sydney University
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.
Fin Free Sydney is a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for the protection of sharks and advocates the essential role they play in the ocean’s ecosystem.
“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.DOWNLOAD
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.DOWNLOAD
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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.DOWNLOAD
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.DOWNLOAD
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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.”DOWNLOAD
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.DOWNLOAD
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.DOWNLOAD