Local entrepreneurs ignite their ideas with help from the Town

Published on 09 August 2018

Curtin ignition scholarship recipients with Mayor Trevor Vaughan

Two local entrepreneurs have been awarded a fully-funded scholarship for Curtin University’s highly successful Ignition business program thanks to the sponsorship of the Town of Victoria Park.

Ignition is an intensive one-week training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial, then prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said “it’s really important for us as a local government to help nurture and support the innovative ideas that come out of our community.

“The Town is fortunate to have a world-class knowledge and technology precinct in Curtin University and Technology Park in Bentley. We want to encourage and facilitate our businesses and individual entrepreneurs to progress their ideas and produce products, services and discoveries that will benefit the Town’s community, the wider Perth area, the state, the country or even the wider world – the possibilities are endless.

“The two successful recipients both have passion and ideas centred on helping those most in need in our community, which is something we absolutely encourage.”

The Town funded two places in the program for local residents or businesses who were assessed against a set criteria including their level of innovation and proposed business sustainability.

Resident, Katie Liew has founded a social enterprise – The Underground Collaborative, seeking to create employment opportunities and housing solutions for the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged.

Katie is sourcing funding to launch their first initiative, a coffee cart which will provide training and employment to individuals. She hopes the Ignition program will help broaden her network, and provide access to mentorship and guidance for launching the business successfully.

“Curtin Ignition will be a challenging but exciting path of unlimited opportunities,” she said.

“The support, knowledge, networks and skills I will be able to build upon from the program will be invaluable, and I look forward to harnessing all that Ignition has to offer, so I am able to make a great impact in our community.”

Alan Beattie is the Social Enterprise Manager at Holyoake, a non-profit organisation based in the Town which offers a wide range of programs including counselling and support for those affected by drug and alcohol issues, employee wellness programs for external organisations, and DRUMBEAT, an evidence-based, award-winning program using music to deliver a range of therapeutic and social emotional learning outcomes.

Building on the foundation of DRUMBEAT, Holyoake has developed DRUMBEAT Quest®, an interactive computer game aimed at eight – 14 year olds, which allows players to make natural choices to then be discussed and reflected on, guided by a trained facilitator or counsellor.

Holyoake has developed a new partnership approach to help schools, youth organisations and counsellors across Australia gain access to DRUMBEAT Quest®.

Alan anticipates the Ignition program will allow Holyoake to refine their Social Change Partner approach for Australia and help them to develop a similar model to launch DRUMBEAT Quest® to an international market.

“DRUMBEAT Quest® is such an exciting product, the social and emotional skills developed by the young people who participate can be life changing. The Curtin Ignition program will help Holyoake develop and refine its social entrepreneurship approach and in turn benefit thousands of young people in WA, across Australia and across the globe” said Alan.

Ignition will take place between 26 – 31 August 2018 at the Curtin Medical School, located on the University’s Bentley Campus. http://campaign.curtin.edu.au/ignition-business-training/