As an organising group we didn't want this to turn into another 2 day talk fest that didn't result in action items going forward, and we wanted to ensure there would be enthusiasm to complete the agreed actions out going forward. The two days were facilitated by a PwC group called 'The Difference'. They're amazing facilitators and over the 2 days their facilitation meant that we identified the issues, brainstormed solutions and by the end of the second day had an action plan that involved everyone who had attended the two days. It was amazing to be part of such a productive 2 day workshop.
The document embedded below is a summary of the 2 days. Page 2 outlines our key action items for the 7 different areas we identified to work on over the coming months:
- Making entrepreneurialism exciting
- Helping existing entrepreneurs
- Policy & legislation
- Research & data
- Leadership & funding
The last page of the report has a lovely shot of Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin and my socks. :)
Many of the people involved over the 2 days are now busy at work executing the action items in the 7 areas we're working on. We're also in the process now of setting up a not for profit company and interim board to take on the management of the project going forward. Given my recent 360 feedback I'm going to step back my involvement from here (I invested the equivalent of 5 full time days last quarter) and I'll make way for others who are more keen to take my position on the interim board, but I'll stay involved to help out where needed and I look forward to seeing Startup Australia help develop the ecosystem from here.