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So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Posted 4 years ago in Small business by Beeny Atherton
Posted by Beeny Atherton

Got a startup idea you’d love to bring to life, but not sure how to make the leap? Or perhaps you want to make some innovative changes to your existing business?

No matter what stage you’re at, the tools you need to become an entrepreneur or make a business thrive are now at your fingertips. Collective Hub and Torrens University Australia have just launched The Graduate Certificate in Collective Entrepreneurship, an online education programme based on collaborative learning, mentoring and industry immersion.

Here at Xero, we’re huge fans of Collective Hub founder and editor-in-chief Lisa Messenger and everything she does for small business – so we jumped at the chance to chat with her and learn more about the programme.

What inspired you to launch the Graduate Certificate in Collective Entrepreneurship?

“I launched Collective Hub three and a half years ago – the premise is to inspire and empower people through our print and online magazine, events, books and more. But it became clear there was an education component missing. I realised I needed to find a way to give people the technical skill set and knowledge necessary to make the leap into entrepreneurship. That’s what the graduate certificate will do.”

Torrens University Australia is an exciting partner – what drew you to them?

“What I love about Torrens University Australia is that they are entrepreneurial by nature, and part of Laureate International Universities. Founder Doug Becker is a phenomenal pioneer who leads over 70 universities across 25 countries, so he has built a massive global network.

“Putting academics in a room with a crazy entrepreneur like me elicits some fantastic results. I wanted to simulate an entrepreneurial journey, so we’ve had a gamification expert from Singapore flown in to make sure the learning style is just right – and Torrens were extremely supportive of that”

What kind of learning does the course involve?

“Even though the course is run online, I’ve recorded 360 videos for the curriculum, so it will feel almost like I’m in the room with students. I’m in there talking about failing fast before they jump in – I want them to feel like I’m there and make sure they know I understand exactly what they’re going through.

“There’s a lot of material focused on risk and resilience – the importance of mindset is really highlighted in this course. There will be no white sugar – all the material has real substance. I want graduates to come out with a strong vision and purpose, to be working on their dream career, their true vision.”

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, what would it be?

“There are so many ways to keep learning every day – so keep educating yourself however you can: read avidly, listen to podcasts, get a great mentor, discover great tools. You can create the means to achieve your dreams!”

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