“…predictions for youth unemployment in Australia, are set to soar in 2016”
At the Around Our State Tour: Entrepreneurs in South Australia hosted by Brand South Australia, BO$$ camp announced that it is launching nationally.
“BO$$ camp was conceived at Startup Weekend Adelaide and aims to bring together young people, schools, teachers and entrepreneurs in order to foster innovation”, says VIP BOSS Wendy Perry.
It is a two day program for teens aged 14 to 18 where young people come up with and pitch new business ideas. During the camp, the kids hear from inspirational speakers and gain assistance from experienced mentors to help with their ideas.
From BO$$ camp 2014, brand ambassadors have been appointed describing the event as, “…an awesome learning curve!” with “keynote speakers [that] were magnificent, not only did they know the subject but were able to share and explain their own path to success…”
Featured in startup smart and Startup Daily, BO$$ camp will be running in Adelaide on 16-17 April 2015, Queensland, Hobart and Melbourne from mid-year, with other locations and dates still under negotiation.
“Now at every business and startup event we see young people and supporters from BO$$ camp. Through Entrepreneurs Week and beyond we bump into members of the BO$$ club at the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems forum, SouthStart VIP Night, Conference and Expo, Seven Secrets: Scaling for Growth with Professor Jana Matthews, Entrepreneurs in Conversation – Frank Seeley, Venture Dorm Teachers Info Session, Polaris and Startup Grind. They love to pitch their ideas at these events too!”
Going by the posts on the BO$$ camp social media channels, it looks like Channel Ten’s new Shark Tank TV show is a favourite,
“The BO$$ camp founders want to see more young people considering entrepreneurship as a potential pathway – not only to be employees but employers. A show like Shark Tank introduces something different and will probably be to entrepreneurs what Master Chef was to cookery careers”, explains Perry.
Keen to engage as many young people engaged as possible, BO$$ camp would like to see events in regional locations as well as capital cities. “Places like Brisbane, Cairns, Geelong, Ipswich, Perth, Sunraysia, Sydney, Toowoomba, possibly Kangaroo Island and the Northern Territory – if you want a BO$$ camp near you or you want to be a host partner, then please get in touch”, Wendy encourages.
Registrations are now open for upcoming BO$$ camp events as a participant, mentor or as a guest to see the final pitches.
BO$$ Camp is Australia’s newest and coolest entrepreneur program designed for students in years 10 – 12 and budding business champions aged 14 – 18. It brings young people, schools, teachers and entrepreneurs together to showcase alternative paths of employment.
BO$$ Camp was conceived at Startup Adelaide Weekend from an idea pitched by Sasha Dragovelic, a passionate youth advocate who thrives on seeing young people achieve, and was quickly jumped upon by a group of passionate local entrepreneurs who helped to turn the idea into reality!
BO$$ Camp features successful and inspirational speakers who share their stories to help inspire and ignite interest in entrepreneurship amongst the young participants by way of introducing some of their own methods and strategies used to launch successful businesses.