Monday, January 14, 2013
In "Starting Young" (BBC World Service, Global Business, 12 January 2013), Peter Day talked to new graduates undertaking the UIK Entrepreneur First program to teach them how to launch a new business. The Australian National University started a similar program in 2008, which is now open to students at other Canberra tertiary institutions, called "Innovation Act". These programs encourage students to form a team, prepare a business plan and pitch their idea. One flaw with these programs is that they tend to emphasize face-to-face contact and do not teach on-line skills. Also these programs could be used as part of university degree programs (particularly postgraduate programs) rather than as an extra-curricular activity.