Start up Australia entrepreneur academy launched to enable start-ups

Start Up Australia, a new initiative designed to provide Australia’s budding entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and tools to grow their businesses, has been launched by Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson.

Start Up Australia, a new initiative designed to provide Australia’s budding entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and tools to grow their businesses, has been launched by Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson.

Start Up Australia is a not-for-profit program that offers a world-first Entrepreneur Academy that is freeof charge to anyone thinking of starting their own business but lacking the necessary skills, confidence and information required to make it a success. Those who register via the Start Up Australia website to participate in the Entrepreneur Academy will have access to Australia's biggest online entrepreneurial summit from 27-31 August, when 50 of the nation's leading entrepreneurs will freely reveal their secrets for start-up business success.

Registered Entrepreneur Academy members will also benefit from a 12-week Small Business MBA sponsored by The Fortune Institute and hosted by advertising guru Siimon Reynolds. And a suite of free educational tools and regular webinars will educate and encourage would-be entrepreneurs on how to succeed in today's marketplace.

Start Up Australia Chief Start-Up Officer Miriam Feiler said the organisation’s goal is for Australia to become the most entrepreneurial nation by 2020.

"There are so many who'll benefit from Start Up Australia, from stay-at-home new mums to those hitting the magic 55 years of age mark and are on the hunt for the next profitable challenge,” Feiler said. “In fact, any Australian of any demographic who has ever dreamed of running their own business is bound to benefit from Start Up Australia's practical and powerful resources that are totally free but worth thousands of dollars.”

Dubbing the launch of Start Up Australia as “the start of an entrepreneurial renaissance”, Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson said the Abbott Government’s policy agenda was designed to energise enterprise, encourage more small business start-ups, drive entrepreneurial behaviour and economic growth, and improve productivity and competitiveness.

“I am very pleased to officially launch Start Up Australia, a great initiative encouraging entrepreneurs and innovators to embark on the journey of starting and owning a small business,” he said. “There are more than two million active small businesses in Australia. Together we need to support the growth of start-ups; the invention of new technologies, products and services to boost Australia’s economic activity and international competitiveness.”

Start Up Australia is part of a global Start Up movement formed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It is already established in 44 countries including the US, Britain, Canada, Chile and, more recently, Malaysia. It is strongly supported around the world by respective governments and Heads of State, including US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Some of the Australian entrepreneurs behind Start Up Australia are advertising legends Siimon Reynolds and Brian Sher, real estate guru John McGrath, Naomi Simson of RedBalloon, online e-tailer Paul Greenberg, serial entrepreneur and dynamic businessman Creel Price, Larissa Robertson of SCO Recruitment and James Stevens, who established the Roses Only Group. Founding sponsors include American Express, MYOB, ACCI and The Fortune Institute.

To join the Start Up Australia Entrepreneur Academy, visit www.startup-australia.com.au now.

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