21CM Networks Program
21st Century Minds hits the midway mark
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September 8, 2016

Highlights from workshop 2 – business skills & the education market.

The 21st Century Minds (21CM) Accelerator program has hit the halfway mark! Our second workshop was a great success, providing yet another opportunity for collaboration and learning across the network.

On August 4 and 5, the 21CM community consisting of our 20 initiatives, industry and education collaborators, accelerator providers and mentors, came together in Melbourne, providing everyone with another opportunity to reconnect.

Listening to feedback received from the initiatives at the completion of the first workshop, we dedicated each day of the workshop to a separate topic – business skills and education – to ensure we had the right skills and expertise in the room to answer all the initiatives’ burning questions.

Day one was facilitated by PwC’s The Difference and aimed at continuing to build on the business foundations of the 21CM initiatives, by leveraging the wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the 21CM network. We were lucky enough to be joined by a number of subject matter experts from PwC, our industry collaborators, including Dr Roslyn Prinsley from the Office of the Chief Scientist, who delivered a keynote speech sharing her insights, learnings and advice on tackling a range of challenges and opportunities within Australia’s STEM education landscape.

“Our students are not just unprepared, they’re uninspired…”

Dr Roslyn Prinsley, Office of the Chief Scientist

During the day we also held dedicated ‘build, share and learn‘ sessions on topics such as: accessing various funding sources, impact investment and measurement, design thinking for problem solving, strategic planning processes, organisational growth and culture. Collectively, the network built a range of valuable solutions to address these areas.

On day two, the team from one of our accelerator partners, Education Changemakers (EC), provided expert advice on how a STEM venture can succeed in the Australian education market. With diverse backgrounds, experience and skills across the education space, the EC team shared a range of practical tools and insights to help our initiatives better navigate the education sector. The sessions covered how to sell your products and services more effectively, understanding how different states and education systems function, and how to build a movement of teachers who trust and love your product.

As we move into the final stage of the 21CM program, we’re looking forward to bringing the community together again on November 10 and 11 for the third and final workshop, before concluding with program with two Showcase events in Sydney and Melbourne on November 18 and 21, respectively. Please contact Chelsea Cobb if you would like further information on these events.

Don’t forget to check out the highlight videos from each day below!

Day 1 highlights

Day 2 highlights

Kirstyn Chan works in PwC Australia’s Corporate Responsibility team and is here to provide you with the latest news from the 21st Century Minds program.  Follow her on Twitter @kirstyn_c.