The Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship is a leading centre for entrepreneurial training.
We deliver immersive education programs to accelerate learning, creation & connection.
Established in 2015 thanks to a $10 million gift by highly successful entrepreneur Peter Wade, we have created the ultimate training ground for high-calibre talent to build ideas, master the fundamentals and grow a lifelong network.
We support people to go further, faster. To learn from experts in a deeply focused environment committed to outcomes. To fail safely, with continuous feedback loops and guidance to test and iterate ideas. To find their people and get support from a powerful network of inspired and inspiring creators and industry leaders. The complete toolkit.
Young go-getter to tech entrepreneur
Corporate crusader with a side hustle
Small business owner to serial entrepreneur
Vet student to AgTech entrepreneur
Founder, Who Gives A Crap
Co-Founder, Lord of the Fries
Co-founder, Emma & Tom's
Partner, Blackbird Ventures
Founder, Cupcake Central & CEO, League of Extraordinary Women
Entrepreneur and Benefactor
Associate Director, Entrepreneurs
Associate Director, Startups
Digital Communications Associate
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.Programs