Ignition scholarships support City of Wanneroo entrepreneurs

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with GreenStalk chief executive and founder Amy Ryan and Target Sports chief executive Josh Whitmore. Picture supplied
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with GreenStalk chief executive and founder Amy Ryan and Target Sports chief executive Josh Whitmore. Picture supplied

TWO entrepreneurs received boosts for their emerging businesses through a City of Wanneroo scholarship program.

The City has been working with Curtin University’s Ignition scholarships program since 2016 to support two local businesses or residents each year.

The 2019 recipients were GreenStalk chief executive and founder Amy Ryan, and Target Sports chief executive Josh Whitmore.

Ms Ryan founded the Wanneroo-based business strategy company earlier this year to provide tailored growth solutions for businesses after facing several roadblocks when running her own small business.

She said the Ignition program validated the need for GreenStalk’s services and business model.

“The driver behind the program is innovation, and the cohort shares a passion for enacting change with their respective ideas and businesses – it really creates an inspiring atmosphere,” Ms Ryan said.

The program allowed Ms Ryan to workshop and test her business model with like-minded professionals, as well as develop valuable business contacts.

“It was extremely encouraging to pitch GreenStalk to a wide range of high profile business owners and academics and to receive such positive feedback,” she said.

Similarly, Mr Whitmore said Ignition allowed Target Sports, an all-ability afterschool and weekend children’s soccer program in Alkimos, to focus on researching the needs of its customers.

“With the support and advice we received, we were able to create a program that would meet the needs of our customers and reach players nationwide,” he said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the scholarship program demonstrated the City’s commitment to nurturing local businesses and start-ups.

“Our local business community provides local employment, encourages strong and vibrant places and builds our economy,” she said.

“Businesses with high growth potential are an essential part of growing the City of Wanneroo community.

“With significant population growth forecast over the next two decades, it is imperative the City supports new ideas and entrepreneurs who will generate employment opportunities for our residents, both now and into the future.”

Mrs Roberts said the City also supported the Small Business Development Corporation WA’s Small Change campaign, which highlighted the importance of supporting local small businesses.

She said the City and Wanneroo Business Association supported entrepreneurs through The Hybrid co-working space at Enterprise House.

Awards highlight milestone year

Enterprise House on Wanneroo Road.