Business Agility is proud to be part of the 'Joondalup Innovation Challenge' team as a business mentor, to help students across Western Australia and local businesses to work together and emerge from COVID-19 successfully as a result of applied innovative thinking and business adaptability.
The challenge is partnered by Curtin University, UWA, Study Perth, ECU, North Metropolitan TAFE, with the Joondalup Business Association and Spacecubed also supporting the initiative.
From 1 - 3 July, the Joondalup Innovation Challenge will bring together WA business mentors, start-up incubators and TedX style keynote speakers, with more than 150 students in 20 multidisciplinary student teams over one week of fast paced entrepreneurial challenges.
The challenge aims to connect local businesses with the future workforce of WA over the three-day program, created by the City of Joondalup and training company Frank Education. The event will see business mentors and students working in teams to develop skills such as communication, innovation, leadership and business agility. Students and businesses will be tasked with finding technology-based solutions to real-world problems faced by Joondalup businesses and residents.
The program will include challenges related to cyber-security and tourism and will discuss how businesses in the Joondalup region can emerge stronger out of COVID-19. The program will conclude with a virtual pitch event.
Deb Banning, Director and Co-Founder of Business Agility, and a former CEO & MD of 9 years, will be one of the business mentors involved in the challenge. She has taught 'Innovation & Entrepreneurship' at the MBA level at James Cook University and thoroughly enjoys the thrill of the innovative creation process. "We use human-centred, design thinking and agile methodologies to encourage innovation and growth with all of our clients and we look forward to sharing this process with our student team as a way to 'give back' and support the growth of our future business leaders" said Deb Banning. "Thanks to the team at Frank Education, the business mentoring team are currently ramping up our preparations for the event - it's going to be so rewarding and very exciting - we can't wait for the event!"
As reported by local Perth news agency, Perth Now, Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob has stated that as local businesses started to emerge from COVID-19, the time for innovative thinking and business adaptability was more critical than ever. At Business Agility, we couldn't agree more and we look forward to working with everyone involved in this fantastic initiative.