Thinktank connects China and Australia

Entrepreneurial thinkers reach CAMP summit

Exploring how to better connect people with information and each other, within and across the two nations of China and Australia is the goal of the China and Australia Millenial Project (CAMP).  Supported by local, state and federal governments in Australia and partner such as EY and UTS as well as key departments in China, CAMP is all about innovation lead economies and delivering on the vision of nurturing entrepreneurship for the future workforce.

UTS drives one of a handful of vertical thinktanks that are part of the CAMP program. UTS’ Entreprenreurial thinktank explores ways to foster a bilateral entrepreneurial ecosystem and firm cross-cultural connections.

“UTS sees great value in supporting CAMP’s bold vision” said Stephen Rutter the thinktank’s lead mentor. “One team explored how to better connect people with information and each other, within and across the two nations which could involve, for instance, a technology solution that opens up access to data for startup funding partners. Another team has looked at ways for emerging businesses to share skills and talent between China and Australia which could be in the form of a service that enables secondments like big firms do but is beyond the reach of smaller businesses.”

Isaac Huang who participated in the 2015 CAMP program said the project provided a great opportunity for young people to share ideas around innovation and consider responses to issues that were “undervalued in the dialogue between the two countries”, such as youth unemployment, the environment and mental health.

Stephen Rutter notes that the project builds strong cross-cultural connections, the unlocking of skills in both countries and supports budding entrepreneurs to ‘create their own journey, as opposed to being told what their job is and how to do it’. Rutter cites a survey of UTS students which indicates around 40 per cent expect to work as a freelancer or start their own business after graduation,

“We know the desire is there. It’s important we support these types of programs to realise our innovation and entrepreneurship agenda.”

Image sourced from: australiachina.org.
Adapted from an article by Kim Arlington in the Sydney Morning Herald September 12,  2016.
Last updated December 7, 2016

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