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Monday, August 15, 2016

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” - Margaret Mead

TYE (Australia) 2016

The inaugural TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Program has proven to be a successful first local edition of the international initiative. We are currently halfway through the program, aimed at fostering a future generation of entrepreneurs, hosted in partnership with Digital careers at Swinburne University in Melbourne.

The participants may vary in age (Year 7 – Year 12) but share a distinct drive and enthusiasm. The desire to discover the rewards and challenges of being an entrepreneur is not everyone’s cup of tea, and certainly spending hours on end with mentors and business plans would shy away the more common teenager in today’s pokemon-world.

During the program, students participate in classroom session modules focused on different aspects of business and entrepreneurship, then write and present their own business plans. The winning individual / team will win a trip to the USA to present their opportunity to the Silicon Valley to many of America’s leading tech entrepreneurs.

It has been a great experience watching these young kids think differently, see things from a fresh point of view and being fearlessly innovative about their ideas. When asked about the outcomes they expected from this program, participants showed their maturity with responses such as “developing an entrepreneurial mindset”, “learning to handle failure”, “understanding risk”, “thinking and acting differently”, “helping the larger community” amongst others. With no preconceived notion and judgement, they are like free souls to explore the world with their honest intention and zeal.

Our instructors

Dean Mason, Instructor – TYE (Australia) 2016, has worked with business leaders to create new businesses in new local and international markets. Creating a business plan, crafting the pitch to customers, crafting the pitch to investors, establishing supply relationships, securing distribution partners, forming teams to deliver financial, logistics, customer service and other support are some of the many areas Dean coaches and facilitates leaders to do well in.

Adrian Jobson, Instructor – TYE (Australia) 2016, has worked with owners including; export, financial & legal services, manufacturing, transport, hire, retail, local government, tourism, and personnel. He is also keenly interested and currently engaged in developing online services to the educational sector.

About TiE

TiE is one of the world’s largest networks of entrepreneurs. It is a not-for- profit organisation dedicated to fostering conscious entrepreneurship by providing mentoring, networking and education opportunities to entrepreneurs. TiE is a group of 63 independent, well-connected chapters around the world, with 12,000 members. We the whole TiE family have consistently delivered high quality monthly events for the past five years, and TiE Melbourne won the 2010 TiE Global award for “Best Implementation of a Mentoring Program” from amongst all of the Chapters of TiE Global.