21 Feb

'Mark Wainwright to chair new entrepreneurship school' John Ross, The Australian

Former University of NSW vice-chancellor Mark Wainwright has been named chairman of a unique partnership between NSW’s universities and TAFE.

Emeritus Professor Wainwright’s board will help shape the academic framework of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, a collaboration involving TAFE NSW and the 11 NSW-based public universities.

The school begins its work this semester, with seminars and workshops planned across the state. It plans to launch full operations in semester two, after the fitout of its Sydney headquarters — housed in a former bootmaking school on TAFE NSW’s Ultimo campus — is completed.

The school was bankrolled by a $25 million state government allocation. NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro said the school would ultimately offer training, support, mentoring and co-curricular activities to up to 1000 would-be entrepreneurs from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

“The board brings together remarkable expertise in education, start-ups, innovation and small business to help create an innovation powerhouse for NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

Also on the board are University of Technology Sydney vice-chancellor Attila Brungs, Western Sydney University deputy vice-chancellor Denise Kirkpatrick, University of Newcastle deputy vice-chancellor Kevin Hall, electrical engineer Raji Ambikairajah, engineer and venture capitalist Fiona Pak-Poy, and public relations proprietor Liane Sayer-Roberts.

The school is run by business educator Nick Kaye, former head of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, which has been credited with spawning two “unicorns” — start-ups valued at more than $US1 billion.

TAFE NSW managing director Jon Black said the school would provide his students with “direct access to the best in entrepreneurial education (and) strong connections with industry”.

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