CQUni sows seeds of social entrepreneurship

Published:11 July 2018

School students pictured attending a previous 'young entrepreneurs' event at Rockhampton's Smart Hub.

CQUniversity is partnering with local high schools to nurture a generation of social entrepreneurs across the Rockhampton region.

Lecturers from the School of Business & Law are collaborating with local high school teachers in three Telstra-sponsored Young Change Agent workshops, during the last two weeks of July.

“Young Change Agents enables young aspirants to see problems as opportunities, which dovetails with CQUniversity’s focus on social innovation and changemaker initiatives that are in step with Rockhampton’s start-up community at the SmartHub,” says CQUniversity lecturer Jim Callan.

“The 2.5-day Young Change Agent workshops upskill teams of four to five youngsters in critical and creative thinking, and in pitching novel ideas to tackle wicked local problems. The workshops engage participants to be part of Rockhampton’s emerging community of changemakers."

The School of Business & Law expects parents, teachers, and academics will welcome the 'Inaugural Rockhampton Region Young Change Agents Pitch Night' early in September, which will include primary school teams presenting outcomes from a 'Design Challenge' pilot.

The leading Young Change Agents teams will progress to a youth incubator (YINC) event hosted by Ergon at the SmartHub in the last week of October school holidays.

CQUniversity supported a successful pilot workshop with four local high schools in February, and the lead team from Emmaus College participated in the YINC at River City Labs (Brisbane) over the Easter break.

The gender-neutral product social enterprise that Emmaus’ Breaking the Barriers team successfully pitched at River City Labs has generated commercial design concept interest.

CQUniversity lecturer Gordon Stewart says involvement in the social entrepreneurship events helps sustain relationships with teachers, parents and prospective university students.