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Start-up journey begins at CQUni Noosa for budding entrepreneurs

Start-up journey begins at CQUni Noosa for budding entrepreneurs

Published:14 November 2017

CQUni's Teressa Schmidt with virtual reality artist Stuart Campbell and young innovator Eamon Kriz

A good start-up idea is nothing without a great pitch – and innovation experts at this weekend’s Young Starters workshop can make sure you’re hitting all the right notes.

On Saturday 18 November CQUniversity Noosa will host the day-long workshop for emerging entrepreneurs, as part of Sunshine Coast Start-Up Week.

CQUni Sunshine Coast Associate Vice Chancellor Teressa Schmidt says the event for 18 to 24-year-olds is a great opportunity to ignite new business innovation for the region.

The life-long entrepreneur, who began her career in fashion design and start-ups, says the Sunshine Coast is a great development ground for growing a thriving business.

“When I started in fashion, I had to start my own business – that was the only way you could get ahead in the industry, and the Sunny Coast was the perfect place to grow,” she said.

“From there I moved into education, and into international development through garment manufacturing across the Asia-Pacific – if you know your industry, and know how to pitch what you’re doing, a start-up really can take you anywhere!”

Since her appointment as in February, Ms Schmidt has hosted a range of social innovation and entrepreneurship events on campus, and also been a mentor in Generation Innovation, a challenge for 15 to 25-year-olds to start their own business.

This week, CQUni Noosa hosted one of the competition winners Eamon Kriz, whose business idea would provide unique and affordable aerial videography.

He was demonstrating virtual reality and robots to visiting school students, and wowing the young audience with his tech knowledge.

“Young people have so many great ideas for new and innovative businesses – and events like Young Starters can give them the boost they need to launch,” Ms Schmidt said.

To participate in Young Starters, head to Noosa’s Junction 2 for the initial pitch event on Thursday 16 November, or register online for the full workshop from 8.30am on Saturday.

The workshop, presented by Innovate Noosa, will include:

* How to validating your idea,

* Solving the problem and delivering a solution,

* Building and proving a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and

* Presenting the pitch and getting ready for launch!

CQUniversity's Office of Social Innovation is the major sponsor of the Young Starters start-up pitch competition, which is alos supported by Advance Queensland and the Queensland Government.

For more details and to register, visit