Why location is no barrier for the next gen of start-ups
Sarah Agboola is an up and coming entrepreneur. She has achieved a lot in only a few short years. No doubt she will go on to achieve many more great things, so don’t try and tell her, that growing up in a regional area has stopped her from succeeding.
Hailing from Wagga Wagga NSW, Sarah knows that kids from regional areas are just as capable as those from the city. In fact, she is part of a team that is working with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) to help other young people from the regions pursue their passion.
Young people aren’t always able to access the job opportunities they want – especially when they live in regional areas. With the changing nature of work, it is growing ever important for people to create their own jobs.
This is where Launch Clubs come in.
Launch Clubs are an initiative to help young people realise their inner entrepreneur. Long term it will be a network of local hubs where people can build their skills and capabilities and, most importantly, their own enterprise.
Although they will be part of a network, each of the Launch Clubs will be designed and set up by a collaboration between young people, local communities and a network of supporting partners. This ensures that that Launch Clubs are youth led and co-ordinated locally from the outset.
Each Launch Club will have several components aimed to reduce entry barriers for young people starting new enterprise. This will include a co-working space, shared services, trained community support, and a training model showing how young people can create their own jobs. With each Launch Club being designed and set-up locally, current local assets can be included. Meaning the Launch Clubs are resource effective and do not duplicate the great work that is already happening in the regions.
The national pilot is already underway through engagement with several communities in regional Victoria. If your community is interested in starting up a Launch Club email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with the team at the Foundation for Young Australians.