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// Do you have a great idea or innovation that could turn into a business opportunity? Then Curtin University has a great opportunity to help you make it a reality…

Launched 10 years ago, Curtin Ignition is an annual intensive, one-week training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to both trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

This year’s Ignition will run from August 30 to September 4, and applications are now open.

The program is filled with practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and experienced advice and support from leading entrepreneurs and innovators. This will give attendees the tools, contacts and confidence to transform their ideas into successful business ventures.

Curtin University Faculty of Business and Law Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel de Bussy said the Curtin Ignition program had gone from strength to strength over the past decade, last year branching out to hold a program in Singapore.

“Entrepreneurs with a desire to further develop their ideas are able to benefit from the mentorship, knowledge and skills of the Curtin Ignition team and top experts,” Professor de Bussy said.

“The Curtin Ignition program has certainly helped diversify WA’s economy and fuel our start-up ecosystem. Over its 9 years, the program has played a vital part in launching 370 new businesses, the creation of 297 jobs and Alumni have raised +$56M in funding.”

Prof Nigel de Bussey.

The financial investment for attendees is $3,250, which includes all materials, mentoring, networking sessions, buffet lunches, drinks and a final celebration dinner. However, there are also a number of scholarships up for grabs.

Curtin Ignition Event (Source: Curtin University)

Ignition Scholarship

A number of scholarships will be available for the 2020 Ignition program with applications open until July 10, which will pay that fee of $3250.

Limited scholarship places are offered by City of Canning, City of Subiaco, City of Vincent, City of Wanneroo, Curtin Commercialisation, Department of Communities, Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development, Town of Victoria Park, University of Western Australia, Wrays, Business News, WA AustCyber Innovation Hub, Curtin Business School, Landgate and City of Cockburn. Other sponsors are AusIndustry, RSM and Startup News.

Source: Curtin University

Success Stories

Curtin University Executive Education Manager Danelle Cross said Ignition had already helped launch the successful careers of almost 500 entrepreneurs and businesses, including SEQTA, CV Check, UDrew, PainChek, Climate Clever and many others.

“For anyone considering launching a new business or turning a commercial idea into reality, or wanting to take an existing venture to the next level, Ignition will empower you to do this,” Ms Cross said.

Danelle Cross.

“Early stage entrepreneurs from any industry sector can learn the skills required to launch and then scale their business. The program culminates in a commercial pitch to high level investors and entrepreneurs from the innovation community.

“The program has a proud record of having kick-started the careers of some of the brightest new innovators and entrepreneurs and in doing so has helped foster innovation, new industries and economic growth.”

The keynote speaker at Ignition 2020 will be Perth success story Olivia Humphrey, who founded video streaming platform Kanopy in 2008. Five years later, she took Kanopy to the USA where it grew into a global enterprise.

Applications for the program and the scholarship open today (May 28), with scholarship applications closing on July 10 and program applications closing on July 22.

More info can be found here: https://businesslaw.curtin.edu.au/industry/executive-education/programs/ignition/ignition-perth/

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MAIN PHOTO: 2018 Curtin Ignition entrepreneurs (Source: Curtin University)

Disclosure: Curtin University is a sponsor of Startup News.