Engaging Education founder awarded City of Joondalup Innovation Fund grant for Teen Biz Base app

Engaging Education founder and director Karen Dennett is the latest City of Joondalup Innovation Fund recipient.
Engaging Education founder and director Karen Dennett is the latest City of Joondalup Innovation Fund recipient.

THE City of Joondalup’s latest Innovation Fund grant will help develop a digital resource to enable local high school students to build on their ideas.

Teen Biz Base is the brainchild of Engaging Education founder and director Karen Dennett and allows young entrepreneurs to tap into information and links to industry expertise that will enable them to build their knowledge, skills and networks.

“Imagine being a teenager with lots of ambition,” Ms Dennett said.

“You want to make money and believe you could start your own business if you knew where to begin.

“The development of Teen Biz Base is a novel online solution to the problems that teenagers face in turning their ideas into a real small business.

“It is web-based and an app that teens will be able access 24/7 on any device, in any location, at their own pace, and a digital resource that can be included in school enterprise programs to facilitate and encourage student entrepreneurs.”

Joondalup acting chief executive Dale Page said Ms Dennett had developed a reputation in the education industry for providing insightful, engaging and useful experiences that add value and context to students’ learning.

“Ms Dennett established Engaging Education in October 2016 and has achieved success in bridging the gap between the classroom and real business, hosting several successful events and popular teacher professional development workshops,” she said.

“She has actively sought and responded to feedback from teachers and students in developing Teen Biz Base and has established a growing network of teachers and professionals with a shared passion for guiding the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.”

The City of Joondalup’s Innovation Fund offers grants of between $5000 and $20,000 to foster local initiatives that bring and create new business activities into Joondalup through innovative or digital-based activities.