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Global Entrepreneurship Week Australia kicks off today

Global Entrepreneurship Week Australia 2013 is set to be the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in Australia with over 200 events and more than 20 partners around the country.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation – one of the leading authorities in entrepreneurship – and is being hosted by FRANK Team, an education, mentoring and training companyGEW Australia has brought together government organisations like Australian Taxation Office, Commonwealth Bank, RMIT as well as organisations like Startup Weekend, Majoran Distillery, Australian Business Week and more to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship in Australia and to position entrepreneurship as a viable career path for anyone.

Natasha Munasinghe, FRANK Team Managing Director, says “The goal of GEW Australia is to enable the entrepreneurship community to speak as one voice and to work towards the broader goal of strengthening the Australian economy.”

GEW Australia is taking place between the 18th and 24th of November 2013. Here are some of the key events happening:

— Australian Taxation Office is holding its first ever Small Business Q & A on Facebook  – to answer all your business and tax questions
— Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus; Disrupt or be Disrupted events happening around the country
— Over 20 schools around Australia will be launching business skills simulation learning programs for high school students in industries in decline such as retail, hospitality and manufacturing – this is an initiative by Australian Business Week
— Global Startup Battle will be happening across 3 Startup Weekends
— Creative Innovation Conference bringing together the worlds’ best thinkers and leaders
— RMIT’s Entrepreneur Coffee Club  – a  networking night for entrepreneurs in Melbourne

GEW Australia has just announced the members of their Advisory Board who will be guiding this campaign and using their diverse skills and expertise to create greater impact on the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

GEW Advisory Board Members include:

Jonathan Ortmans (GEW President)

— Jonathan is a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
— President of The Public Forum Institute
— Jonathan’s work has stimulated dialogue and deliberation around the issues that matter most at local, national and global levels
— Jonathan has a background as an entrepreneur, starting PFI at 34 after a career on Capitol Hill working on the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee focusing on trade policy

Marcus Powe (Universities Sector)

— Entrepreneur in Residence, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT
— PhD in Innovation
— Awarded as Australia’s Best Entrepreneurial Educator (Australia’s Business/Higher Education Round Table)
— Inaugural Director of Business Innovation and Enterprise at the De Bono Institute
— Author of two books, The Entrepreneurial Process and The Creation of Sustainable Value
— Marcus works with organisations, industry groups and governments in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Sarah O’Carroll (Media Sector)

— Partnerships and Strategy, Private Media Ltd
— Former Business Editor, News Ltd
— Private Media is one of Australia’s largest business/leadership media companies with around 1 million of direct viewership across their publications
— Publications include StartupSmart, Smart Company, Women’s Agenda, Leading Company and Property Observer
— Sarah is also helping us with media access during GEW 2013 as well as a launch of a national Startup Competition

Norman Owens OAM (Schools Sector)

— Chairman and Founder, Australian Business Week (ABW)
— Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to education and youth
— ABW runs computer simulated programs allowing school students to run and manage their own businesses. Each year ABW works with around 150,000 students
— ABW is also the Australian host for the Global Enterprise Challenge
— ABW has also been awarded the Global Best Award for the Asia Pacific region for developing the skills of the future workforce

Balakrishnan ‘Dash’ Dhakshinamoorthy (Malaysia GEW Host)

— Director of Founder Institute, Incorporated
— Founder and Director of Warisan Global, a project management company operating in Malaysia
— Dash is a serial entrepreneur, startup catalyst and evangelist driving StartupMalaysia.org and Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013
— Dash was an attendee to President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC in 2012

Miriam Feiler (Founder of Startup Australia)

— Miriam Feiler is a driven and dynamic business leader, strategic thinking and networker with over a decade’s experience working within the business facilitation sector in Australia.
— Miriam Feiler is a Founder of Startup Australia which is a not-for-profit, collaborative movement whose mandate is to unify, grow and inspire startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs to form the powerhouse of the Australian economy.
— She also runs a Singapore-based consultancy, Eventerprise.
— Her areas of interest include small business development, mentoring, startups, new technologies, international trade and leadership

Natasha Munsasinghe (Managing Director of the FRANK Team)

— Natasha is a solicitor having graduated from University of Sydney and Australian National University
— Member of Australian Taxation Office, Cash Advisory Group
— Judge, Clean Tech Open, an initiative of the Department of Innovation
— Spearheaded Global Entrepreneurship Week Australia 2012 campaign with 110+ events and partners incl. CBA, ATO and more. This campaign was officially supported by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the NSW Premier

For more information, visit  au.unleashingideas.org





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