27 September 2023

Student festival to expand into StartSpace

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State Library Victoria’s StartSpace has once again teamed up with Study Melbourne to launch an expanded, year-long Future Founders program for international students.

In a statement, the Library said international students would be able to engage with the Program in a number of ways and learn from some of the world’s leading business entrepreneurs about how to develop their business ideas in a changed workforce.

“They will also build networks in the Victorian business community and connect with other international and Australian students,” the Library said.

“Program highlights include community roadshows, immersive bootcamps, festival programming, a hackathon, and Australia’s first incubator with generous venture scholarships available for up to eight international student start-up teams,” it said.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Jaala Pulford said the Future Founders Program would play a critical role in supporting the recovery of the international student sector in Victoria, which was hit hard by the pandemic.

Ms Pulford said the Program would also engage international students offshore through the State’s new Study Melbourne Hubs initiative.

“The five hubs – to be based in Asia, India and Latin America – are designed to create a pathway for students to study in Victoria and better support overseas students studying online,” Ms Pulford said.

Further information on the State Library and Study Melbourne’s Future Founders Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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