A new ‘bootcamp’, aimed at unearthing Newcastle’s next Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos will kick off at the Newcastle Digital Library next month.
The brainchild of Hunter Futurpreneurs, the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is a free, three-day program aimed at anyone aged between 15 and 25 keen to set up their own business, as well as people wanting to gain essential employment and enterprise skills.
Participants will create a business solution to a real-world problem with the help of bootcamp facilitator Cheryl Royale and each other. They will then present their idea to a panel of local business experts.
“There will be a focus on personal development – knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and being more open-minded is an important part of an entrepreneurial mindset,” Cheryl said.
“The bootcamp also focuses on creating sustainable businesses and organisations by using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
“Entrepreneurial people have initiative, self-drive and emotional intelligence; overcome risk and uncertainty; are flexible, adaptable, creative and innovative; and they aren’t just critical thinkers – they take ownership and solve problems.”
Budding business brains undertaking the bootcamp will also continue to benefit through the Youth Entrepreneurs Network which offers channels to connect with mentors, coaches, innovators and peers.
The Australian Government-funded Hunter Futurepreneurs program offers free resources and mentoring support for people looking to set up a business and works with other organisations to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills in the region.
The Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is on from Wednesday 7 April to Friday 9 April. Head here for more information and to register.