The premise was simple: students were given a blank canvas on which to devise a new tech-business idea, by way of a new product or service that fills a gap or solves a real-world problem. Students were then linked with entrepreneurial industry mentors who coached their teams over a 10 week period, helping them turn their start-up ideas into bankable, strategic business plans.
Over the course of the project, students learnt first-hand from experienced industry professionals about how to identity market gaps, create budgets and how to sell their products to the right target audiences.
For FutureNow Creative Industries Project Manager Jo Pickup, this innovative project highlights some key skills in demand from local ICT industry employers - who are increasingly looking for candidates with strong business acumen as well as high-level technical ICT expertise.
Jo suggested parents (and students!) check out the new site to learn more about what it means to work in IT:
Congratulations to Curtin University for a great night, and to all the bright young minds behind the JUST START IT projects (especially the night’s winning team from Irene McCormack Catholic College with their app‘Penny Pledging’).