About us

We’re about bold ideas. Curious, ambitious, driven doers. Scalable and impactful solutions to real world problems.

The Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship is a leading centre for entrepreneurial training located at Ormond College. Established in 2015 thanks to a generous gift from entrepreneur Peter Wade, we deliver a range of immersive education programs, including The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship.

Our approach

LEARN

Develop a complete toolkit to build and grow ideas, transferable to any industry.

CREATE

Hands-on and fully-supported journey from inception to realisation.

CONNECT

Create a powerful lifelong network of collaborators, experts and investors.

Meet Students

Just some of the students who have been part of our community

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Sarah Last

Vet student to AgTech entrepreneur

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Gemeh Kromah

Small business owner to serial entrepreneur

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Sarah Agboola

Young go-getter to tech entrepreneur

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Claire Harris

Corporate crusader with a side hustle

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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.

Programs

Meet the team

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Georgia McDonald

General Manager

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Di Bambra

Vice Master

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Peter Wade

Entrepreneur and Benefactor

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Pamela Reddi Coronell

Associate Director, Marketing

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Madeline Ellerm

Communications Associate

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May Chai

Program Manager

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Dr Marcus Powe

Associate Director, Entrepreneurs

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Jodie Imam

Associate Director, Startups

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Laura Donnelly

Digital Communications Associate

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Adam Legg

Communications Associate

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Rachel Jenzen

Project Manager

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Speakers

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Simon Griffiths

Founder, Who Gives A Crap

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Cyan Ta'eed

Co-founder, Envato

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Anton Commissaris

Executive, Mint.com

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Amanda Walker

Co-Founder, Lord of the Fries

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Greg Roebuck

Founder, Carsales.com

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Kate Cornick

CEO, LaunchVic

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Tom Griffith

Co-founder, Emma & Tom's

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Georgia Beattie

Founder, Beattie Wines

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Nick Crocker

Partner, Blackbird Ventures

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Sheryl Thai

Founder, Cupcake Central & CEO, League of Extraordinary Women

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Phil Catania

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Amanda Gome

Head of Notable Media

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Employment

Wade Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Available Positions

No positions currently available.

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