Leadership in focus with Rowena Barrett
Professor Rowena Barrett, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Entrepreneurship, outlines how we are embedding entrepreneurship at QUT, and the three key areas of development that her team will focus on in 2022.
'QUT Entrepreneurship is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about what is possible, be mentored and encouraged, and build their entrepreneurial skills and mindsets.
The Impact Labs provide a framework of how 'Design for Good' can create viable start-up opportunities, which is then supported by QUT Entrepreneurships via learning modules, mentoring time in the foundry and staff support. Each semester student projects are awarded prizes for their commercialisation potential. Already several of our student's ideas have moved from concept to reality for local social enterprises.'
'What’s often missed is how entrepreneurial students are being without even knowing it. As we say at QUT, they’re too busy just ‘getting ship done!’
With the help of the team at QUT Entrepreneurship, our Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship unit has gone from strength to strength. Our “blended bootcamp” approach has received national and international awards for dispelling myths and expanding definitions around arts and enterprise for our Bachelor of Creative Industries students.'
'QUT provides a positive and creative entrepreneurial environment, which encourages students to innovate, to create, and to change the world. They're supported by a committed team of dedicated educators and an alumni network of business leaders.'
Will has had a successful career in senior financial and board-level executive positions, which have spanned across Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. With an expertise in leading businesses through financial regulatory authorisations, mobilisations, or crisis management, he has dedicated over two decades to building, advising and managing global financial service institutions and start-ups.
'The real world is all about ideas, courage, confidence, determination, resilience and adaptability – in other words, entrepreneurship. QUT’s entrepreneurial focus means they equip students with a mindset, attitude and keenness to thrive in the real world.'
Kerryn is immersed in the world of change and leadership, and has more than 20 years' experience working with some of Australia’s leading organisations. She's the founder of Brisbane-based startups Change 2020 and AdaptiQ Minds. Kerryn completed her MBA at QUT and now partners with the QUT School of Management.