Last week, seventeen participants of the Enterprising Wyndham Program took to the stage to pitch their hearts out, literally.
Because these budding business leaders were presenting their 3-minute pitch about a matter close to their hearts - their own startup businesses.
Enterprising Wyndham is a community-based employment generation project that was developed in partnership with Wyndham City Council, the Scanlon Foundation and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. A three year pilot has recently concluded in the City of Wyndham across three fast growing, diverse communities.
Through a business startup intensive, local residents are equipped with business fundamentals and through a peer learning environment that creates mutual support for their entrepreneurial journey. Participants are matched with mentors who work with them to develop a business plan for their business idea or early stage startup.
“Instilling enterprising skills in budding entrepreneurs in local communities is incredibly important for the future health of Australia’s small business sector, workforce and society. The more we can nurture emerging businesses and their founders at the local level, the stronger, more resilient and cohesive our communities will be,” says Tathra Street, Program Coordinator, Enterprising Wyndham.
From backyard bio gas energy to holistic home decor, from writing and editing agencies to security agencies, the diversity of business ideas presented on the night was rivaled only by the diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds of the participants presenting them.
Cr Walter Villagonzalo, Deputy Mayor of Wyndham, was in attendance to encourage and support the program participants who graduated on the night after successfully completing the program. Carmel Guerra, CMY's CEO was also there to say,
"The Enterprising Program taps into the entrepreneurial spirit of multicultural communities to generate local employment opportunities, successfully builds connections with local business mentors and facilitates community cohesion and connection."
"CMY has been privileged to work with the Scanlon Foundation and Wyndham City Council to make the brilliant idea for a place-based business start-up intensive a reality. CMY looks forward to helping other Australian councils embrace this program model and make it their own.”
The Enterprising Wyndham Program is run in partnership with the Wyndham City Council, Scanlon Foundation and CMY.