En­gag­ing young en­trepreneurs

Joondalup Times - - BUSINESS -

THE City of Joon­dalup’s lat­est In­no­va­tion Fund grant will help de­velop a dig­i­tal re­source to en­able lo­cal high school stu­dents to build on their ideas.

Teen Biz Base is the brain­child of En­gag­ing Ed­u­ca­tion founder and di­rec­tor Karen Den­nett. It en­ables young en­trepreneurs to tap into in­for­ma­tion and links to in­dus­try ex­per­tise that will help them build their knowl­edge, skills and net­works.

“Imag­ine be­ing a teenager with lots of am­bi­tion,” Ms Den­nett said.

“You want to make money and be­lieve you could start your own busi­ness if you knew where to be­gin. “The de­vel­op­ment of Teen Biz Base is a novel on­line so­lu­tion to the prob­lems that teenagers face in turn­ing their ideas into a real small busi­ness.

“It is web-based and an app that teens will be able to ac­cess 24-7 on any de­vice, in any lo­ca­tion, at their own pace, and a dig­i­tal re­source that can be in­cluded in school pro­grams.”

Joon­dalup act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Page said Ms Den­nett had de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try for pro­vid­ing in­sight­ful, en­gag­ing and use­ful ex­pe­ri­ences that added value and con­text to stu­dents’ learn­ing.

“Ms Den­nett es­tab­lished En­gag­ing Ed­u­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber 2016 and has achieved suc­cess in bridg­ing the gap be­tween the class­room and real busi­ness,” she said.

The City’s In­no­va­tion Fund of­fers grants of be­tween $5000 and $20,000 to fos­ter ini­tia­tives that bring and cre­ate busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties into Joon­dalup.

En­gag­ing Ed­u­ca­tion founder and di­rec­tor Karen Den­nett is the lat­est City of Joon­dalup In­no­va­tion Fund re­cip­i­ent.

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