Australia has a great story of uninterrupted economic growth that is heading to be the longest uninterrupted period of growth of any country. But underneath that are a challenging set of issues.
We can no longer rely on a booming mining sector to take up the economic slack created by globalisation, technology and automation. We need a new generation of entrepreneurs to create the opportunities of the future.
That’s why in 2015, entrepreneur Peter Wade gave a $10 million gift to create the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship.
The Wade Entrepreneur
We’re the place for creators, makers and doers who want to build transformational enterprises. The people who see opportunity and challenges in the world and want to do something about it.
We see knowledge and experience as the tools to do things better, faster and unlock the hidden potential in everything.
And we know it’s hard; creating great things that have a meaningful impact usually are. But it’s worth it because we’re not doing it alone.
We cultivate authentic and powerful connections that help us leapfrog our progress and flame our creativity and curiosity. People who push us to go further than we thought we could go and bridge beyond obstacles.
We’re the place for audacious entrepreneurs to thrive.
If this sounds like you, talk to us about how we can help you maximise your potential.Programs Blog
Behind the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship is the very successful, but low-profile, entrepreneur and Ormond alumnus, Peter Wade.
Originally from Geelong, Peter knows first-hand the changes that are sweeping though the Australian economy. He has watched the decline of manufacturing and heavy industry in and around his hometown and how Geelong has reinvented itself several times to meet the challenges it has faced.
Peter observes, “We need to create jobs and opportunities to replace those being lost. Traditional manufacturing is disappearing. Even service jobs, whether they are in call centres or law and accounting firms, are going offshore. Technology is disrupting existing business from media firms to retailers. Even those who work for others will need to be more entrepreneurial and innovative to help create Australia’s future.”
“We are a smart nation but still too few of our great ideas are generating the future of our economy.”
Peter goes on to say, “I have been involved in supporting education for a while now and it has given me enormous faith in the extraordinary talent of young Australians.” He is keen to see budding entrepreneurs equipped with the skills they need to take that talent and use it to create value, opportunities and jobs for Australia’s future.
Read about the emerging entrepreneurs bringing Peter’s vision to life, here.Programs Enquire
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Co-Founder, Lord of the Fries
Co-founder, Emma & Tom's
Founder, Beattie Wines
Partner, Blackbird Ventures
Founder, Cupcake Central & CEO, League of Extraordinary Women
Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Head of Notable Media
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