Curtin University’s Ignition is an intensive one-week training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial, then prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

Alan Beattie, Holyoake’s Social Enterprise Manager, received a fully-funded scholarship for this sought-after business program thanks to the sponsorship of the Town of Victoria Park.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said “it’s really important for us as a local government to help nurture and support the innovative ideas that come out of our community.”

The Town funded two places in the program for local residents or businesses who were assessed against a set criteria including their level of innovation and proposed business sustainability.

During the program, Alan plans to focus on Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT Quest interactive computer game. This innovative program is the digital version of Holyoake’s evidence-based, award-winning DRUMBEAT program. It was developed with a Social Innovation Fund from the Government of WA.

“DRUMBEAT Quest is such an exciting product, the social and emotional skills developed by the young people who participate can be life changing. The Ignition program will help us develop and refine our social entrepreneurship approach and in turn benefit thousands of young people in WA, across Australia and across the globe” said Alan.

Ignition will take place between 26 – 31 August 2018 at the Curtin Medical School, located on the University’s Bentley Campus. http://campaign.curtin.edu.au/ignition-business-training/

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