In an Australian first, 22 year-old entrepreneur Mick Spencer has secured a spot alongside Sir Richard Branson at the UQ Business School lunch event NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A on Thursday, 9 May 2013 where he will join a panel of five leading business minds to discuss the future of global business.
Securing the spot from a field of accomplished business professionals, business owners and students from around Australia, who nominated for the position via an Australian first initiative with LinkedIn, the Canberra entrepreneur is the founder, sole director and 100 per cent owner of OnTheGo. His company specialises in selling custom-branded sports gear to businesses and teams around Australia and rapidly expanding into Asia and the United States.
“I started my business in my parents’ shed three years ago with $150 in my back pocket. Since then it has grown by 300% and we have just secured a significant number of national clients. We have a growing staff in Australia and several teams already established in Hong Kong and China.” Mr Spencer said.
“Our growth means that I am now able to work on establishing the charitable foundation I had always planned to associate with this business. We are already supplying sporting goods and apparel to communities in the Asia Pacific. This is really the jewel in the crown for me and something I’m passionate about expanding to other regions in the future,” he said.
Listed as an Anthill Magazine Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur several times, Spencer has long held respect for Sir Richard Branson – a professional role model who he now has the opportunity to not only meet but sit alongside on a panel of business experts.
“I received an email about the UQ Business School event – NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A and I knew straight away that I had to be a part of this event. I didn’t think my chances were too high, so I’m thrilled that I’ve been selected.” Mr Spencer said.
“I always knew I’d meet Sir Richard Branson, it’s been a longstanding gut feeling but I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be on stage with him in front of 1500 people at a professional event answering questions about the future of business,” Mr Spencer said.
Questions to the panel have been submitted by the business community via the nextquestion.com.au website. The five most thought provoking questions have been chosen and these will be posed to the panel on the day.
Up to 1500 people will attend NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A from the public and private sector, Government representatives, students from Brisbane’s key high schools and UQ Business School alumni.
Tickets are available from www.nextquestion.com.au