In partnership with start-up hub River City Labs, the Entrepreneurs Club will provide an opportunity for students, staff and parents to grow their own business by learning the basics of transforming an idea into a business and pitch their ideas to investors for possible funding.
As a centre of innovation, St Paul’s School seeks to prepare its students for the jobs of tomorrow, and the Entrepreneurs Club is a critical element to providing an education worth having.
St Paul’s School has a strong pedigree of helping students develop an innovative mindset and entrepreneurial spirit.
Below are some of our best and brightest.
Alex is both a keen mathematician, researcher and entrepreneur. Using his self-taught programming and digital media skills from his middle school days, he founded Canvas Digital Media in 2014 with a fellow St Paul’s alumni. Canvas Digital now produces websites, corporate videos and works of animation, along with graphics for a variety of clients. Noticing a niche in the high school tutoring market, Alex also founded AB Tutors in 2013 and has provided numerous students with quality, personal, tutoring. Alex is never satisfied with doing things using traditional methods, and is always on the hunt for new ideas.
Inspired by the possibilities of an entrepreneurial career, in 2013 Moses started an event company called MOB Entertainment, and by mid-2014 he had sold this business and reinvested the return into a new business: Soignè Event services. By the end of 2016, Moses and a group of fellow St Paul’s alumni hope to launch another business focusing on the retail and fashion industry.
Regan's entrepreneurial spirit was born early with his keen interest in change management, continuous improvement, and left of centre thinking which has resulted in numerous successful management ventures. With a blossoming management career in the world of Oil and Gas, Regan has recently seized an opportunity to venture into the realm of true entrepreneurism, developing a totally self funded and self designed start up venture. Working with a team of developers, he has released an App for away from home workers to stay more connected with family and friends. Regan's passion continues with his ongoing communication with his customers, resulting in the continuous improvement of his App, ‘One Minute Closer’, which now has over 3000 active users and a network that is growing by the day.
Baz started his own advice business based around insurance and retirement planning in 1997 at age 24 and spent the following 14 years building a very successful advice firm specialising in high net worth holistic advice. Baz has also been a follower and participant of online communities for over 15 years, writing short stories that went viral, for bulletin boards and forums, before the term Social Media existed. He has also built a sports related internet forum into a site that was among the most popular in its category in the world.
A mix of St Paul's students, teachers and parents will work and learn alongside one another to grow their ideas into businesses. Participants will have access to coaches, market-leading resources and first class facilities.
Participants will learn new skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and how to turn an idea into a business
Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their final ideas to a School panel with the top entries going on to be presented to panel of venture capitalists
Face to face workshops and out of session activities for 16 weeks, commencing 17th July 2016.
Up to seven ‘entrepreneur coaches’ will be on hand per workshop to help participants will identify their own skills and blindspots
You don’t need to have a business idea yet. You don’t need to know how to build a website or craft a profit and loss statement. What you do need is a willingness to work with others in an entrepreneurial environment and a desire to try something new.
The Club will include 15-25 participants consisting of
Expressions of Interest open Friday 20th May, 2016, followed by an application and selection process.
Any current St Paul’s Student, member of staff or family member of a St Paul’s student can apply.
Registrations for 2016 have closed, but register your details if you would like to receive information when 2017 registrations open.