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30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
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Adam Mostogl, TAS (b. 1987)
Name: Adam Mostogl
Known for: illuminate Education
Adam believes students across Australia need to learn about the basics of starting their own business ‑ so his company illuminate Education teaches these skills to primary & high school students in a practical and authentic manner.
In a week, they learn the basics of business strategy, finance, marketing and much more as they come up with a business concept that should exist, so they can be the business owners of the future. “The schools programs are in every state and territory with strong community support ‑ and still passionately supporting Tasmania! ” Adam told Anthill.
“My passion has allowed me to reach into more spaces ‑ beyond schools into shaping local government strategies around entrepreneurship, building skills and eco‑systems in regional communities across Australia, within large businesses to transform how they are innovative and much more.”
illuminate Education has expanded by constantly talking about the value of inspiring future generations into business, but then always worked with larger entities (universities, national organisations) to help fund these programs ‑ helping them reach into communities they couldn’t otherwise on their own (and help pay the bills).
“Every year we’ve delivered a program, registrations always grow year on year because of this focus on delivering the experience rather than just always talking about it,” Adam remarked.
“We’re constantly battling with schools to get students out of class for these important lessons. We’ve always looked to be engaged in education departments through employing qualified teachers, developing classroom resources and assessment pieces, and being trained to run Professional Development opportunities.
“We’re now teaching teachers around these skills ‑ building the value of what we do for education and for the economic future of our nation,” he went on to reveal.
The business has now taught over 4000 students across Australia, with programs in every state and territory in 2017 for the first time. Financially, the company’s revenue has doubled every single year from 2011 through to 2016/17 ‑ and forecasts show a strong growth in the next financial year too.
“And more money means we’ll be reaching even more students,” Adam highlights.
Not only was he the 2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for supporting entrepreneurial communities, Dam is also the Director for Entrepreneurship, Startup & Innovation for Northern Tasmania Development Corporation ‑ a local government funded economic development body to help grow the Northern Tasmania region. In this role, he’s shaping policy and systems to best support more entrepreneurs to flourish.
“Ultimately, my drive is to see more young people told yes rather than no. So many students I know are told it’s too hard to start a business, but I want to see more of them have the confidence to do it. They can take on the world, so everything we try and do is about giving them the permission they should always have to take on the world and create their own future.”
Anthill asks: Have you ever been lucky, punk?
I’ve always pushed for the opportunity to talk about what we do. One day I was involved in a conversation around education and entrepreneurship before another event and happened to be talking to someone in the Community & Partnerships team in ONE OF Australia’S LARGEST COURIER COMPANIES. Out of a two minute conversation, I followed up afterwards and that helped illuminate Education AND We NOW work Together ALONG WITH OTHER PARTNERSHIPS, To reach over 800 students in regional and remote communities to be innovative. But that is just one example (of many) of conversations that was with the right person who shared my passion.
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