Sydney School of Entrepreneurship leading the way

29 April 2019

The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) is a unique collaboration between 11 New South Wales (NSW) universities and TAFE NSW to drive next generation entrepreneurship. SSE equips early stage entrepreneurs with the practical skills, connections, and global mindsets they need to create high-growth companies and the jobs of the future.

Founded with cornerstone investment from the NSW Government, SSE launched in August 2017. Since then, SSE has welcomed more than 5,000 participants to learning activities hosted across NSW, including more than 2,000 student entrepreneurs.

While based in Sydney, SSE operates throughout NSW. A diverse and welcoming student community is drawn from a pool of 700,000 undergraduate students at 12 member institutions. They represent a wide range of backgrounds, interests and areas of study. SSE selects students with an equal gender balance; at least 30 per cent of students are from regional NSW, and more than 10 per cent are international students enrolled at a member institution.

International student and SSE Alumni, Sudip Giri, is studying Network Security at TAFE NSW. He said SSE opened his eyes to the possibilities of entrepreneurship and innovation. ‘I had a great experience learning at SSE. The teaching team helped me better understand the entrepreneurial ecosystem and its relationships. I have learned so much from this unit and I look forward to learning more.’

Study NSW supports SSE in its goal of help developing students' mindsets and skills to become successful entrepreneurs and welcomes collaboration to improve the experience of international students in NSW. Indeed, with the 2018 Startup Muster report showing that New South Wales is now home to nearly half of Australia’s startup founders and as Australia’s leading economy and largest employer, New South Wales has a lot to offer international students.

SSE was recently profiled in the Austrade Education Insight Series in the Innovation in Employability Paper. The Education Insights series was launched at the APAIE 2019 conference in Kuala Lumpar and brings together cross-sector case studies and essays looking at current and emerging trends within international education.

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