Ignition is five and a half day intensive program held annually in Perth which prepares delegates for taking their innovation to the business world. Run by the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship, it is based on the successful Ignite program managed and delivered by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL).
In addition to speaking at the opening on the Sunday, I was invited to take part in the clinics and to sit on the ‘pitch panels’ in the afternoon at the end of the program on Friday. The clinics allow delegates to book a confidential, one on one session with a variety of ‘experts’ who have assisted with the program. The pitch panels are when delegates present their idea to a panel of experts who provided feedback. So I saw the delegates at the beginning and the end of the program. Amazing growth both personally and in terms of understanding what was needed for them to bring their ideas to market. The buzz in the centre on Friday was immense.
From an EDU8117 perspective, what was interesting was the number of digital applications that some of the 54 attendees were looking to bring to market. Digitial technology being used in a myriad of clever and innovative ways; many promising pathways for enhancing education and quality of life.
The experience totally supports why I am doing EDU8117. Functional use of technology and being comfortable in the online world is essential if we want to stay current and contributing. So, despite my periodic whinging, I am delighted to be here alongside you all. Thanks David for making it possible.
PS The bottle of champagne they gave me was fantastic too!