Posted by kari.petroschmidt
Last week we had the official launch of the 63 Clyde St space and also introduced the new Entrepreneurs in Residence. The house was packed and it was great to have a sense of the different individuals and institutions that surround this program.
I talked about my conversation with Logan Elliot of Highly Flammable earlier that morning, who emphasized the importance of opening your idea up to the world and talking to as many people as possible as well as “bringing people together and creating an environment.”
That’s what the Audacious events and 63 Clyde St are all about. All the students partaking in this program are intelligent, ambitious and truly and sincerely passionate about their idea. I met a guy on Friday night who wants to be an arborist i.e. someone who prunes trees. And that’s the beautiful thing about the world -no matter the subject there is going to be someone in the world who loves it, and that love is infectious The kind of conversations that develop out of that energy can be pretty inspiring.
The house is also a symbol.Located pretty much exactly in between the Otago University and Otago Polytechnic it represents this program as a collaborative endeavour between these two institutions, that is equally available to all their students. It also symbolises the possibility of entrepreneurship as an option for students, compared to more traditional methods of employment. And in this respect Audacious is really about trying to change a culture of thinking from the ‘going out and getting a job’ mentality to instead starting something at your own behest.
We also introduced our two new Entrepreneurs in Residence. Craig Haywood is going to be coming up to Dunedin from Invercargill one day a week to spend time in the Audacious space, mentor students and attend events. More on that soon. Henk Roodt will be in the house from 9-1 on weekdays and also available by appointment (email [email protected]).
Finally, we showed an amazing video by Rachael Patching of Preditor Films on the Dragon’s Den from 2011 – see it here!
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