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Comfort-seekers need not apply: first Venturer program opens to entrepreneurs

Ben Southall

Globetrotting Best Job in the World winner and Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur’s ‘adventurer-in-residence’ Ben Southall has put a call out for 20 Queensland entrepreneurs to join him on the first ever ‘Venturer’ mission to the Whitsundays in July.

Developed for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, the Venturer program aims to build entrepreneurial tenacity and resilience.

Applications are now open for the trailblazing program to anyone active in the Queensland entrepreneurial ecosystem who is game enough to improve their ‘resilience profile’. The first Venturers will camp, kayak, trek and more throughout the Whitsundays.

What is this Venturer program aimed at?

Queensland’s chief entrepreneur Mark Sowerby said the seven-day mission was designed to take entrepreneurs out of their comfort zone and build on key characteristics that are a hallmark of all successful entrepreneurs.

“People are always surprised by what they can achieve when pushed, and the Venturer program will test and beef up problem-solving and leadership skills, as well as their resourcefulness, teamwork and creative thinking under pressure,” Mr Sowerby said.

Queensland’s adventurer-in-residence Ben Southall has built a career taking entrepreneurs and corporate executives out of their comfort zones.

“This first mission will be a mix of activities and challenges designed to push entrepreneurs to their limits, improve their mental stamina and physical resilience and help them develop the emotional and mental grit needed to succeed,” Mr Southall said.

“It takes guts to do something out of the ordinary, to venture into unchartered territory. Over the seven days, our entrepreneurs will have to rely on their instincts.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the innovative program would help profile Queensland’s startup sector to national and international audiences while also developing local entrepreneurs.

“Ben Southall’s international profile provides a great platform to showcase and boost our state’s credentials as an entrepreneurial hotspot providing world-first programs to grow startup talent in our state,” Ms Enoch said.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit Venturer program.

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