Business bright sparks with City of Wanneroo scholarships


Curtin University’s Danelle Cross, scholarship recipients Tom Young and Anna Anagno and City of Wanneroo’s Nyssa Searles.
Curtin University’s Danelle Cross, scholarship recipients Tom Young and Anna Anagno and City of Wanneroo’s Nyssa Searles.

THREE entrepreneurs are receiving help to develop their business ideas thanks to a City of Wanneroo scholarship.

Hocking’s Anna Anagno, Lorna Spear, of Butler, and Mt Lawley’s Tom Young are taking part in Curtin University’s Ignition program, which helps entrepreneurs and business owners prepare their ideas for the commercial environment.

Ms Anagno runs eco-friendly jewellery label One Happy Leaf, Ms Spear operates em.el Decorative Architrave and Mr Young has an innovative idea he hopes to develop within the City.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City had originally planned to offer two scholarships.

“But the calibre of applicants was so terrific that we could not stop at two,” she said.

“This is evidence of the great businesses we have in the City of Wanneroo and I encourage residents to buy in their own backyard in support our local economy.”

She said the scholarships aimed to foster ongoing innovative, entrepreneurial activity within the northern corridor.

“The City is funding the scholarship places to provide opportunities for existing and new start-up business owners to develop their skills, networks and ideas while learning from business experts all critical for the ongoing growth and success of our region,” she said.

The scholarships include a six-month membership to the Wanneroo Business Association, space to work at the Hybrid 935 co-working community and access to local business support services.