A recent team member experience on the eve of SXSW in Austin, Texas at a round table discussion on impact innovation with the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, local business leaders, colleagues from Tech Ranch and the New Venture Institute, Flinders University highlighted the importance of building an entrepreneurial mindset.
This opportunity to exchange experiences between Adelaide and sister city Austin meant that alongside a very warm welcome, there was a sense of common purpose particularly thinking about entrepreneurship to solve big environmental and social challenges.
For example, South Australia has begun a search for solutions for South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize. Adelaide will become the world’s first carbon neutral city, looking for ideas to reduce carbon emissions in energy, transport, waste and livability. This goal also aligns with the smart city or smart community approach.
Austin has a thriving local startup and business community plus hosting an unbelievable event like SXSW every year means their networks, connections and leadership is world leading.
Some of you may perceive entrepreneurship in a different light, perhaps images of the Wolf of Wall Street, pure profit making and seeing young people become survival entrepreneurs is your current frame of reference.
But here was are talking about entrepreneurship applied in a business, community, environmental and social sense. Read More