Startup incubator program Corporate to Freedom will be running a one-day startup bootcamp in Sydney on Saturday 27 July 2013. Their aim is to help corporate employees with entrepreneurial aspirations make a seamless transition between corporate life and their real dream of owning and running a successful business.
Corporate to Freedom empowers high-potential corporate employees to try out entrepreneurship before quitting their day job, eliminating the risk from making an all-or-nothing gamble on their lives. The one-day bootcamp will see seven of Australiaâs top startup experts coach budding businesspeople on how to get their dreams started.
A recent joint study by Google and PwC identified that by unlocking the unrealised entrepreneurial potential of 2000 employees, Australia’s GDP could increase by $109 billion! With this in mind, startup fanatic and founder of Corporate to Freedom, Johan du Plessis has set his sights on turbo-charging the Sydney startup scene.
Du Plessis says the process of transitioning from working as a corporate employee to becoming a new business owner needs to be made less risky in order to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Du Plessis said, “There has never been a better time to start a business, but risk is still one of the biggest considerations. That’s why this course strongly advocates for the lower- risk approach.
“It’s much more realistic to stay in your day job for now, join a program where experienced entrepreneurs show you how to get started, test and experiment with some ideas while you still have the safety net of a regular salary. Once you have tested a few ideas, found something that resonates with customers, and made a bit of money, then you can start to look at slowly scaling back time in your workplace and spending more time in your business,” Du Plessis said.
“Australia’s future prosperity depends on innovation,” says Du Plessis. âWe need new industries to be developed and to further the great work already being done in growing Australia’s reputation for business innovation.
“But we are only one piece of the puzzle. The greater economic prize promised by Google and PwC’s study will be won when we have an integrated Sydney startup scene that can grow successful businesses along each stage of the entrepreneurial cycle.”
Speakers on the day include entrepreneur and international best-selling author Brian Sher and Paypal seed investor with $1.5bn exit, Peter Davidson. Sher is recognised as one of Australia’s top business advisors, while Davidson is a former venture capitalist and the co-founder of collaborative co-working space Fishburners.
Sher and Davison will join seven of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and business coaches at the one-day bootcamp, showing over 500 aspiring entrepreneurs how to get started on their next project. Attendees will be workshopping solutions to the 9 Key Stumbling Blocks faced when starting their own business.
Corporate to Freedom also offers structured 3-month and 12-month enabler programs where groups of budding entrepreneurs are guided step-by-step through the process of building their startup.
The bootcamp will take place on Saturday, 27 July, at the Scientia Building UNSW Kensington Campus, 9am-5pm. Tickets start at $217.
For more information, please visit www.corporatetofreedom.com
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