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INCubate offers exciting opportunity for young entrepreneurs

An exciting opportunity has emerged for young entrepreneurs across the Southern Downs to pitch their ideas, gain invaluable business skills and lay the foundations for our future workforce.

Southern Downs Regional Council has partnered with Toowoomba-based consulting company Strategenics, to deliver a workshop for young people in the region aged 15-24, to develop start-up skills to help ideas and innovations become alternative paths of employment.

Facilitated by Strategenics, and with support from the Stanthorpe and Warwick Chambers of Commerce, the ‘INCubate Start-up Workshop’ will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 12.45pm to 10pm at the Warwick Town Hall, 72 Palmerin Street. The workshop will offer individuals the opportunity to pitch their product or business idea and then learn practical business skills and start-up principles, such as how to develop a business model and market an idea. Participants will work in groups to pitch selected ideas to a panel which will decide on the most promising idea. The chosen group will then receive a business coaching session from Strategenics’ founder and Managing Director, Mr Chris Mills.

Southern Downs Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie, said that she hopes the workshop will be the start of a local entrepreneurial movement in the Southern Downs.

“Ask any young person what is lacking in our region and they will tell you it’s employment opportunities,” she said.

“By investing in young people to become more entrepreneurial and innovative, we can build the workforce of the 21st century and ensure the next generation has the potential to become job creators.

“This project will ensure young people in our region are set up to drive new innovations and business opportunities for themselves and for our community.

“If we can better prepare young people to succeed in a rapidly changing world, the productivity and prosperity of the Southern Downs region will be assured,” Cr Dobie said.

The workshop will be funded through the State Government’s ‘Advance Queensland Young Starters Fund, developed specifically to help young Queenslanders turn their ideas into business plans, along with a financial contribution from Council.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Youth Development Officer, Ms Hailey Cosh-Rickard, said Council’s Community Development and Economic Development units had partnered to secure the State Government funding.

“With $7,000 in funding from the ‘Advance Queensland Young Starters Fund’, Council only has to inject just over $3,000 to make this initiative happen.

“This is a small investment, for what we hope will achieve big outcomes,” Ms Cosh-Rickard said.

The ‘INCubate Start-up Workshop’ will offer spaces for 36 young people between the ages of 15 to 24 who reside in the Southern Downs region. Registrations close on 3 March 2017.

For further information visit Council’s website. To register your place, please contact Council’s Economic Development Officer, Jenny Sherrin on jenny.sherrin@sdrc.qld.gov.au or Youth Development Officer, Hailey Cosh-Rickard on hailey.cosh@sdrc.qld.gov.au or phone them on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

The Southern Downs Youth Policy and Youth Action Plan identifies ‘Employment, Training and Education’ as a key issue for young people in our rural region. Council is committed to working in partnership with other tiers of government and the community, to encourage the development of employment and training opportunities for young people within the region.

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