RMIT alumni and successful entrepreneurs have shared their experiences, successes and challenges over breakfast.
Speaking to more than 70 attendees at the recent RMIT University Business Lecture Series event, RMIT’s Entrepreneur in Residence Marcus Powe said innovation was a crucial element in building a globally competitive economy and a vibrant, modern society.
“The three speakers have gone and succeeded in various business ventures. Showcasing each individual innovation, we are proud to share their journeys with you,” he said.
Alexie Seller, the co-founder of Pollinate Energy, presented a dazzling overview of some of the projects undertaken by the organisation.
Pollinate Energy is a not-for-profit social enterprise that brings light to the homes of the world’s poorest communities.
She spoke passionately about her interest in all things energy and how Pollinate Energy was the perfect journey.
“I was always seeking a career in the humanitarian sector but I had a strong technology bent. I studied mechanical engineering with renewable energy, as well as languages and culture,” Seller said.
Sheryl Thai, founder of Cupcake Central, has gone from strength to strength from a small business to now running master classes, workshops and has three retail stores across Melbourne.
Thai inspired the audience with her story of turning adversity into opportunity.
After losing her corporate job she took the risk and followed her dream, learning and developing as she went along.
The final presenter Georgia Beattie, founder of Single Serve (Lupé Wines, Beattie Wines) who is also currently on the board of the New Enterprise Investment Fund, shared her journey of seeing a gap in the market after attending a music festival.
She spoke of the challenges and successes she is facing growing the business globally and expanding into the single serve sparkling wine market - a process requiring innovation, imagination and determination.
The College of Business hosts the RMIT Business Lecture Series in partnership with Ernst and Young and VESKI.
The series is aimed at promoting innovation in the Victorian business and academic communities by providing a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas and experiences and a vehicle for the development of networks between business, government and academic.