The Queensland Student Innovation and Entrepreneurs Alliance (QSIEA) will bring together some of the best of Queensland’s start up community to create the next generation of entrepreneurs, with a focus on international and domestic participation in a first ever state-wide student innovation challenge.
The consortium’s (QSIEA) Shaping Queensland’s Entrepreneurs (SQE) project was announced by the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, The Honourable Curtis Pitt as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new $6 million IET Partnership Fund to promote Queensland’s international education and training (IET) industry.
The consortium (QSIEA) comprises of Griffith University (GU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), The University of Queensland (UQ), Education Queensland International (EQI) and the Department of Education and Training International (DETi), Little Tokyo Two, Car Advice Pty Ltd, Holden Capital Pty Ltd and Indooroopilly State High School (ISHS).
By bringing these members of the start-up community together the SQE project will develop the skills and capabilities of Queensland students (aged 14-21) so they can be future wealth creators and social capital innovators.
The Student Innovation Challenge is an opportunity to communicate with the world Queensland’s understanding of a mindset for young entrepreneurs. Little Tokyo Two, a community of entrepreneurs, will help the consortium open the borders and promote industry mentors for young people both regionally, nationally and internationally. Young people will have an opportunity to develop their innovations and contest for much needed seed capital to realise their ambitions.
Nimrod Klayman, UQ Idea Hub Director said ” I am very excited to be part of the Student Innovation Challenge, which will bring together some of the best in Queensland’s start-up community to create the next generation of entrepreneurs, with a focus on international and domestic participation in a first ever state-wide challenge”.
Indooroopilly State High School Alumni and Founder of CarAdvice.com, Alborz Fallah, will be one of four Queensland-based CEO’s that will adjudicate the innovation challenge finals in November this year at the University of Queensland. Mr Fallah has experienced the entrepreneurial journey first-hand, starting a car review website that grew into a $35 Million business sale to Nine Entertainment. “It was eleven years ago that I registered the CarAdvice.com domain. At that point I had applied for a job at almost every motoring publication in Australia and not even one had bothered to reply” said Mr Fallah. The project has been boosted by Queensland Government funding to the value of almost $300,000 as part of the new International Education and Training Partnership Fund. “It will enhance the experience of international and domestic students by connecting their knowledge and understanding of industry with the Queensland government, higher education and schools,” Nathan Pugliese, Head of Department, Student Services at Indooroopilly State High School, said. “Young people who master skills of innovation, self-reliance and risk-taking can position themselves to be the business leaders and social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”
Nathan Pugliese was a member of the Griffith MBA team whose innovative business plan for a potable water supply in the Asia-Pacific took out third place in the $100,000 G20 Global Business Challenge in 2014. The Government’s $25.3 million International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland supports innovative industry initiatives aimed at further boosting Queensland’s international education and training sector.
A total of $1.2 million will be allocated from the fund during 2016-17 and the funded projects will energise the sector and will have significant impact on sustainable growth for the industry, putting Queensland at the forefront of international education and training.
The project will be officially launched by industry partners at The Capital Building on a date soon to be announced.
Applications for Round One will commence shortly after that. For more information like the Shaping Queensland’s Entrepreneurs Facebook .
Head of Department, Student Services