Our Story

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.

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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.

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The centre

When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre does just that.

Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.

Designed by architects Lovell Chen, industrial designer Joe Lacono and leading Australian structural engineer Phil Gardiner from Irwinconsult, the structural system uses a metal lattice to support the building rather than heavy concrete piers. This lattice structure will enable the building to have green walls and to virtually disappear into its beautiful garden setting.

Through the Institute’s design, construction and relationship to the environment, this building will stimulate and inspire the creativity of a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Read about the emerging entrepreneurs who bring the centre to life, here.

Designed by architects Lovell Chen, industrial designer Joe Lacono and leading Australian structural engineer Phil Gardiner from Irwinconsult, the structural system uses a metal lattice to support the building rather than heavy concrete piers. This lattice structure will enable the building to have green walls and to virtually disappear into its beautiful garden setting.

Through the Institute’s design, construction and relationship to the environment, this building will stimulate and inspire the creativity of a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Meet the team

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Georgia McDonald

General Manager

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Prof Rufus Black

Master of Ormond College and Wade Institute

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Di Bambra

Director of Advancement

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Peter Wade

Entrepreneur and Benefactor

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Madeline Ellerm

Communications Associate

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Vesta Gheibi

Engagement Associate

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Pamela Reddi Coronell

Marketing Manager

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Madeleine Grummet

Public Relations & Events Manager

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Peter wade -
why i gave my gift

Behind the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship is the very successful, but low-profile, entrepreneur and Ormond alumnus, Peter Wade.

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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.

Employment

Wade Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Available Positions

No current vacancies.

For general enquiries, contact us enquiries@wadeinstitute.org.au