On 8th and 9th August 2016 at Griffith University, a consortium of major partners including ACS, Queensland Government, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Queensland Airport Limited, Hewlett Packard and Supply Nation undertook a two day JumpStart Entrepreneur Pilot Program.
This initiative was focused on Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs and had approximately 10 new startup businesses on day one and approximately 10 accelerating technology businesses on day two. These businesses were supported by volunteers from the major partners with guest speakers and experts conducting various sessions to provide expertise on various subjects as they were taken through a design thinking program facilitated by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Innovation Lab Team.
Guest speakers ranged from Uncle John Graham who completed the Welcome to Country, Scott Wharton , Executive General Manager, Strategy and Performance – CBA and Preston Campbell, former NRL player, business entrepreneur and Founder of the Preston Campbell Foundation. Also representing ACS to undertake guest speaking roles were Andrew Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and Hayden Delaney, current QLD BEC Member and IP and Technology Lawyer. Thank you to Nick Tate, current QLD BEC Chair for attending the dinner during the evening.