16 May 2024

Innovative program offers a boost for next generation of region's business leaders

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Sophie Rudd.

Zig Zag Hub Business Development Manager Sophie Rudd. Photo: Supplied.

Budding young Illawarra entrepreneurs are being encouraged to enrol in an innovative 12-month program that aims to help turn ideas into successful ventures.

Wollongong-based Zig Zag Hub, a start-up incubator, has launched The Venture Project, an innovative program designed to nurture young entrepreneurial minds.

Zig Zag Hub’s mission is to foster innovation and empower the next generation of business leaders.

The Venture Project targets school leavers aged over 17 and enrolments are now open.

Zig Zag Business Development Manager Sophie Rudd said the program offered an opportunity to school leavers and young adults to immerse themselves in a collaborative environment that focuses on the business fundamentals in the Diploma of Business.

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“Being a part of our speaker events, networking opportunities, and hearing from our industry mentors provides an invaluable insight into their respective fields,” she said.

The Venture Project equips students with accredited qualifications such as the Diploma of Business and also offers practical experiences through Cert III and IV courses in entrepreneurship and new business, all available online with package options that include Zig Zag Hub and Mentor Program access.

Supporting the program are Zig Zag’s experienced course facilitators as well as industry mentors, including Diana Foye (CEO, Foye Legal), Sam Stringer (Principal Director, Murchinsons), Monika Armstrong (General Manager, Culinarias), Kellie O’Brien (online marketing coach and consultant), Yvonne Walker (Director, HR with Ease), and Brett Baker (entrepreneur).

The business leaders will meet with and mentor students, supporting them in developing various aspects of their practical business skill set.

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Zig Zag Hub began as a co-working space for startups by providing desk space in 2016. It now takes entrepreneurship into schools and for the past two years has run the Young Eyes Festival of Innovation for rising stars from Illawarra and Shoalhaven high schools.

Founder and Director of The Venture Project Carmen Rudd said the goal was not just to educate but to empower young entrepreneurs to thrive in the dynamic world of business.

“Through our program, participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and industry connections necessary to turn their ideas into successful ventures,” she said.

In addition to the academic curriculum and mentorship, participants will take part in regular speaker events, networking opportunities and potential internships in their chosen industries.”

For more information about The Venture Project and how to enrol, click here.

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