Young Entrepreneurs to benefit From latest Innovation Fund Grant

The City of Joondalup’s latest Innovation Fund grant will assist in the development of a digital resource to enable local high school students to build the know-how to develop their ideas.

“Teen Biz Base”, the brainchild of Engaging Education Pty Ltd Founder and Director Karen Dennett, allows young entrepreneurs to tap into information and links to industry expertise that will enable them to build their knowledge, skills and networks.

The flexible support and learning from this digital resource will be accessed anywhere and at the students’ own pace as they strive to be successful in a challenging future jobs market, either within an organisation or self-employed.

Ms Dennett said “Teen Biz Base” was developed in response to a demand identified by a growing network of teachers, students, and young entrepreneurs.

“Imagine being a teenager with lots of ambition,” she said.

“You want to make money and believe you could start your own business if you knew where to begin.

“The development of “Teen Biz Base” is a novel online solution to the problems that teenagers face in turning their ideas into a real small business.

“It is web-based and an App that teens will be able access 24/7 on any device, in any location, at their own pace, and a digital resource that can be included in school enterprise programs to facilitate and encourage student entrepreneurs.”

Ms Dennett said the point of difference of “Teen Biz Base” is that it provides teenagers who subscribe with an engaging one-stop base for everything they need to help them start their own business.

City of Joondalup Acting CEO Dale Page said Ms Dennett boasts more than a decade of experience teaching business, enterprise and finance and has developed a reputation in the education industry for providing insightful, engaging and useful experiences that add value and context to students’ learning.

“Ms Dennett established Engaging Education in October 2016 and has achieved success in bridging the gap between the classroom and real business, hosting several successful events and popular teacher professional development workshops,” Ms Page said.

“She has actively sought and responded to feedback from teachers and students in developing “Teen Biz Base” and has established a growing network of teachers and professionals with a shared passion for guiding the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

“I congratulate Ms Dennett on receiving the Innovation Fund grant and wish the team at Engaging Education every success with the venture.”

The City of Joondalup’s Innovation Fund offers grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to foster local initiatives that bring and create new business activities into Joondalup, adding to the City’s business dynamic through innovative or digital based activities.