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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UTS students set to venture forth

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE first group in a UTS business degree for Indigenous students has wrapped up its final year with a presentation of start-up ventures.

They are members of the Bachelor of Business Administration course established three years ago.

The program aims to develop skills in business management, leadership and enterprise development, and builds on participants’ current workforce expertise and Indigenous community knowledge.

“I would like to say congratulations to the students. I know this is the culmination of three years of very hard work,” said Associate Professor Chris Burton, Associate Dean (Education) at the UTS Business School.

“The Bachelor of Business Administration is a program that really underpins the values of UTS, particularly around building skills and capacity in problem solving, creativity and social innovation.”

At the presentation, students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges.

Janelle Clarke, Michael Ingrey and Khaila-Rose Prior detailed ‘Jakmi’, a voice recognition device that provides a safe way to access smartphone applications while driving.
Christian Hampson, Clarence Slockee, Naomi Broom and Kaitlan Cuell pitched ‘Workabout’, an online platform that connects backpackers and travellers with Indigenous and other business owners to improve the working holiday experience.

Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, said she was inspired by the students’ ideas and how they were imbued with Aboriginal culture, values and heritage.
Course participants, from left, Justin Hodges, Khaila-Rose Prior, Christian Hampson, Kaitlan Cuell, Naomi Broom, Janelle Clarke, Gavin Mate, Clarence Slockee and Michael Ingrey.
Picture: Shane Rozario

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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