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
Director, Wade Institute
Director, Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions
Learning & Innovation Manager
Program Director VC Catalyst
Marketing & Events Coordinator
UpSchool Program Coordinator
Women & Entrepreneurship is a pioneering research report mapping the major gaps of opportunity due to the underrepresentation of women across the Australian startup ecosystem.
The comprehensive report synthesises over 200 hours of primary and secondary research conducted by author Laura Youngson, 2017 University of Melbourne Master of Entrepreneurship student and co-founder of Wade Inc startup Ida Sports.
Youngson’s work highlights the complex mix of barriers for women across the pipeline and builds a strong case for national change, with over 10 actionable recommendations for government and industry to get started on now.Download report
Did you know?
– The rate of Australian women starting businesses has only grown by 3% in 20 years (ABS, 2014).
– Of the 300+ companies funded by the top 10 Australian venture capital firms last year, less than one third had at least one female cofounder.
– Underemployed women aged 55+ are untapped potential as they have the networks, capital and skills to lead successful startups.
With so much growth potential in the Australian startup scene, there is clear opportunity to set the global standard for investing in female-led businesses and female entrepreneurs.
Behind 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