Town provides the spark to two local entrepreneurs

Published on 16 November 2020

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The Town of Victoria Park has supported two young local entrepreneurs with their business goals in the health and architectural industries.

Elizabeth Tekanyo and Kevin Mitchem were awarded fully-funded Curtin Ignition scholarships for their business ideas that centre around community.

A Victoria Park resident, Elizabeth’s Kinsey Company arose from a shared passion for creating sexual health products that promote gender, health equality and social justice locally in Western Australia.

Her idea emerged from an understanding of the limited health products that currently cater to the local market despite making up at least 10% of the global market.

Elizabeth applied for the Ignition scholarship to allow the company to build local relationships, their business strategies and vision.

“Thank you Town of Victoria Park for providing me not only a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick start our local business from ideation to commercialisation later this year but also the confidence to embrace entrepreneurship and put in the hard work. Thank you Curtin Ignition for the invaluable skills, ideas as well as connections made. This programme is invaluable for anyone who has an idea or a dream and is willing to commit to the time, passion and commitment to creating something new,” said Elizabeth.

St James resident Kevin started CO- as a community platform that creates an open-source market for architectural enterprises. Members of the community come together in a trusted environment to create working opportunities for design professionals.

Kevin applied for the Ignition scholarship to learn a commercial approach in the development of innovative ideas.

“Ignition was a real turning point for the CO- team. The insight, mentoring, feedback, and networks that we gained from the program is immeasurable and we will surely carry these throughout the development as we aim to establish our MVP,” said Kevin.

Mayor Karen Vernon said “The Town is a proud sponsor of the Curtin University Ignition Scholarship program.  There are so many talented people in our community with great ideas who need help to develop and advance their ideas and entrepreneurial skills.  This is a really important opportunity for our local government to inspire the business innovators and leaders of the future.”

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

To find out more about Curtin Ignition visit ignition.curtin.edu.au.