Mandurah: young entrepreneurs program helps to build local business

Young entrepreneur Korie Bowen with Make Place business development manager Marzel Norton.
Young entrepreneur Korie Bowen with Make Place business development manager Marzel Norton.

MAKE Place, in partnership with Business Foundations, have designed a Young Entrepreneurs Program called Prodig[Y].

The program is open to people aged between 18-25 years of age, who aspire to be small business owners.

Prodig[y] is looking for young people to bring their business ideas to a free workshop in April, where they could qualify for the three week, accredited program.

Through collaboration, both Business Foundations, a not-for-profit organisation delivering business advice and Make Place, Mandurah’s innovation hub, want to see Mandurah lose the title of one of Australia’s most unemployed.

Make Place chief executive Rhys Williams said Business Foundations’ involvement in Make Place was a valuable asset to the start-up community.

“Every day we see people come into Make Place looking for business guidance and the aim of the Prodig[y] program is to further encourage and help young people acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful,’’ he said.

“Entrepreneur skill development plays an integral part in transitioning people from unemployment and underemployment to self-employment.

“Given that Mandurah has the second highest unemployment rate in Australia we know the people around us need opportunities like this.”

The one-day workshop is on April 6 from 9am to 5pm at Make Place.

Participants will look at business ideas and clarify how they can create self-sustaining economic opportunities for themselves and others.

To book a place, RSVP by April 1 to natalie@businessfoundations.com.au or visit Make Place at 17/38 Mandurah Terrace.