Southern Cross go-getters graduate with NSW's best at new entrepreneur school

Published 16 October 2017
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Southern Cross students Photo: Southern Cross entreprenuers: Simon Sutton (left), Rory Banwell, Karlyn Major, Laurence Holzhauser and Nada van Kempen.

A photography project aimed at increasing awareness about sexual violence is set to evolve into a social enterprise after its founder and Southern Cross University media student Rory Banwell graduated from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship this month.

The Coffs Harbour local took the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with students, staff and mentors to help hone her future planning for ‘Still Not Asking For It’, which she founded in 2014, and how best to evolve the concept into a social enterprise.

“I’ve always been passionate about making a difference, and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) gave me a great opportunity to meet and network with some truly inspirational people. It also gave me an outlet to think about what next for ‘Still Not Asking For It’ and how to grow it as bigger social enterprise,” said Rory.

Joining Rory were Simon Sutton (environmental science/marine science and management), Karlyn Major (digital media and communications), Laurence Holzhauser (laws) and Nada van Kempen (media).

The inaugural class of 40 budding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales completed the core unit, The Navigator, through a combination of online and face-to-face study to gain a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset.

SSE’s innovative approach involves mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Massive Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt (MESH) which enables students to understand the start-up community through experiential learning.

When fully operational, at least 1000 students each year will participate in SSE courses and activities during their degree or TAFE program, with many more taking part in a program of co-curricular activities including workshops, hackathons, educational boot camps and networking events.

SSE CEO Nick Kaye said: “This first cohort has attracted students from all 12 of our member higher education institutions and it’s been inspirational to see such diverse and talented students from right across the state.

“Our students represent a variety of disciplines including medicine, botany, engineering, design, law and technology to name a few. With a thirst to learn and support one another, they have been a true reflection of SSE and our value in cross-disciplinary learning.”

Ben Roche, Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Southern Cross University said: “Our rapidly changing world requires young people to re-evaluate the skills they need to thrive in the future. Enterprise skills including problem solving, critical thinking and communication are of prime importance. SSE’s Navigator program provides our students with an introduction to the entrepreneurial skills and capabilities required to traverse a more complex working environment.

“Southern Cross is committed to providing our students with opportunities that transform their futures. We’re proud of our first crop of Navigators, and look forward to uncovering more student entrepreneurs for the 2018 program.”

Media contact: Sharlene King, media officer, Southern Cross University 02 6620 3508 or 0429 661 349.