Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

With the aim of introducing and inspiring our next generation of business leaders, the team at 1625 will be presenting IGNITION – a first-of-its-kind event for the state later on this month.

To be held in Adelaide on February 20, school students and recent school-leavers who attend the one-day workshop will learn skills fundamental in evolving industries.

Attendees will hear stories from more than 10 entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Also presenting at the event will be industry leaders, who will share stories about their failures, as well as the lessons they’ve learnt and the personal skills required to be an entrepreneur.

One of the speakers, Reece Formosa, a local entrepreneur who dropped out of school at the age of 15 says entrepreneurial education is paramount for high school students. Ten years later, he now runs four businesses.

“If we focus on finding kids’ strengths and then support them with whatever that is, as opposed to what they are expected to be good at, they’re behaviours will change for the better,” he said.

Event organiser and 1625 brand manager Alison Barrett said attendees will learn a range of transferable entrepreneurial skills through in-person case studies and planned activities.

IGNITION will help give young people the confidence to either enter the workforce as a creative, high level thinker, or create an income or job for themselves,” Ms Barrett said.

“There is however, a big jump a young person needs to take between making a decision to start a business and actually starting one. A lot of that comes through building confidence and self-belief, learning foundational skills and getting out there and gaining valuable connections,” Ms Barrett said.

“The day is perfect for the school leaver wondering where to next, or isn’t quite sure what they want to do now, as well as for students who are getting close to finishing school and need to start planning what to do next.”

Managing editor of in-business Luke Griffiths said the current economic climate, particularly in South Australia, meant that those looking to enter the job market must look beyond traditional pathways.

“There is more and more evidence of employers looking beyond a certificate or degree. Learning from those who have been there and done that is invaluable, and this is what IGNITION is all about,” he said.

IGNITION and 1625 are well suited to those who don’t see tertiary education as the only path to future success – both initiatives are incredibly enabling.”

Aided by the support of Adelaide’s start-up community and foundation sponsors, 1625 launched a free online platform in May last year. The site provides six online programs in personal development, business basics and entrepreneurship, along with industry connections, case studies, tools and other resources with the aim to foster entrepreneurial thinking in teenagers and young people.  

IGNITION will be held on February 20 from 9am to 4pm at St Paul’s Creative Centre, a new entrepreneurial co-working space for musicians and artists on the corner of Pulteney and Flinders Street.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.1625.com.au/event or contact (08) 8332 8200.


Alison Barrett (Brand Manager)

(08) 8332 8200


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ABOUT 1625

1625 is an in-business Magazine initiative that aims to inspire and provide free online access to entrepreneurial resources, connections and tools for the emerging generation of South Australians.

1625 is a media platform which builds awareness in young people about the possibilities and opportunities entrepreneurship provides, explains what entrepreneurship is through the use of local stories, connects young people with the right support and the right learning processes, and aims to ignite a desire in young people to embark on an entrepreneurial venture through inspirational, relatable triggers. It also supports young people who have an idea, but don’t know how to translate that into a business or commercially viable product.

The platform and programs were developed in collaboration with Adelaide’s entrepreneurs and start-up community.

Foundation sponsors of the site include the Department of State Development, Flinders University New Venture Institute, HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve), MGA Insurance, Brentnalls SA Chartered Accountants & Advisors, and supported by the City of Onkaparinga, and Seeley International.

Alison Barrett
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W: www.1625.com.au


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