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Curtin ‘ignites’ start-up program for Asian-based innovators

Media release

Asian entrepreneurs seeking to transform an innovative idea into a commercial reality can now participate in a regional version of Curtin University’s highly successful Ignition program, which is being held in Singapore for the first time.

The intensive program, which will be held in both Perth, Western Australia, and Singapore this year, aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and innovators develop their business concepts through teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions, and experienced advice and support from leading experts.

Two global start-up experts will help upskill the entrepreneurs of both Singapore and Perth during Curtin Ignition 2019. Venture capitalist Bill Tai and former Facebook and Apple executive Dr Paul Herz, both also Adjunct Professors at Curtin, will be attending both programs and helping to connect WA and Singaporean start-ups globally.

Curtin University Faculty of Business and Law Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel de Bussy said the expansion of Curtin Ignition to Singapore was testament to the success and popularity of the program.

“Launching Curtin Ignition in Singapore offers a great opportunity for entrepreneurs in the Asian region who are looking to further develop their ideas to benefit from the mentorship, knowledge and expertise of the Curtin Ignition team and leading experts,” Professor de Bussy said.

“Curtin University has been successful in securing more than $40,000 in funding from the Australian Federal Government, which will give participants seeking to take their business idea to the next level access to two leading global experts on both the Perth and Singapore programs.

“We are delighted to welcome Bill Tai and Dr Paul Herz to Curtin Ignition 2019, where they will share their impressive technological, business and entrepreneurship expertise with the Singapore and Perth participants.”

Curtin University Executive Education Manager Ms Danelle Cross said Ignition continued to have a significant impact on business innovators within Australia and launching a similar program internationally was a natural progression.

“Curtin Ignition offers a unique opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs, with a scalable idea, and from any industry sector, to come together to learn the skills required to launch and then scale their business. Both programs culminate in a commercial pitch to high level investors and entrepreneurs from the innovation community in either Perth or Singapore,” Ms Cross said.

“The program has already helped launch the successful careers of hundreds of Australian entrepreneurs and we are excited to expand our scope to support the brightest new innovators throughout Asia to foster innovation, new industries and economic growth.”

Applications for the Ignition program are now open. Anyone interested in registering should visit https://businesslaw.curtin.edu.au/industry/executive-education/ignition/

Curtin Ignition will be held in Singapore from August 21 to 23, 2019 and in Perth from August 25 to 30, 2019.