RMIT has today launched its RMIT Activator initiative, set to be the cornerstone of enterprise and the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University.
Designed to turbo-charge the number of student, research and innovation led start-ups coming out of RMIT, the RMIT Activator initiative is centered around transformational experiences that are individually tailored and curated to foster the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, today.
RMIT Activator is available to all students, staff, researchers and alumni of the University – making it one of the broadest and most accessible start-up initiatives in Melbourne.
According to RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, the University’s multi-million dollar investment in the RMIT Activator builds on the University’s rich history of helping students and graduates create their own businesses.
“RMIT is recognised globally as a university of technology and design,” Martin said.
“Our investment into the RMIT Activator demonstrates a commitment to be known as the global university of technology, design and enterprise – a critical part of preparing our graduates to be ready for life and work.”
Since launching to students less than eight weeks ago, RMIT Activator has already received more than 500 registrations. According to the Director of RMIT Activator, Renzo Scacco, the demand demonstrates the desire of young Australians to create and own their own business.
“RMIT has a legacy of producing entrepreneurial talent, but we know today’s world demands a different breed of entrepreneur,” Scacco said.
“As the world’s economy transforms through digital disruption, we’ve established RMIT Activator as the go-to destination for start-ups.
“RMIT Activator doesn’t follow the traditional incubator/accelerator model. Being digitally enabled allows us to be accessible to all 83,000 students and the broader RMIT community and the customised approach allows us to be agile and adaptable to the needs of each individual start-up.”
With an “always on” model, RMIT Activator offers flexible learning opportunities in partnership with industry, workshops and bootcamps, access to mentors and coaches alongside personal case managers.
RMIT Activator will deliver participants the tools, resources and funding they need to bring their ambitions to life.
RMIT Activator will be establishing hubs in Brunswick, Bundoora, Vietnam and Singapore over the next 12 months with a focus on fashion, engineering, food technology, life sciences and financial technology.
For more information on RMIT Activator or interviews with Renzo Scacco, contact David Glanz, (03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.