Humanities Startup Workshop
Do you have the next big idea?
The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is hosting a one-day workshop for humanities students, graduates and researchers to be held on Friday 9th November at UON's NeW Space in Newcastle.
Participants will hear from industry experts and learn how to pitch an idea, with $3000 seed funding awarded to the three most viable ideas pitched on the day. Participants will need to bring along their own laptop.
The mobile revolution and the ubiquity of the internet are creating opportunities for new enterprises in every sphere of life, in community services as well as business, in managing the physical world as well as in providing education, information and entertainment. The humanities, with their special understanding of history and language, and of the cultural and imaginative dimensions of life, offer an intriguing source of inspiration for these new enterprises.
With the help of industry experts and a little instruction on pitching and what start-ups are all about, participants will nurture ideas into projects. Some will go away with support to move to the next stage but attendees are guaranteed to leave with something new to think about and with vital information about the practicalities and possibilities of the startup world.
The day will begin with four 30 minute presentations on how to pitch, what a startup is, how pitches are done beyond an academic scope and turning an idea into a business. A networking session will follow to allow participants to have conversations with current startup entrepreneurs and IT specialists. Over lunch participants will have the chance to prepare and finalise their pitches, before presenting them to a judging panel. The judges will award $3000 to each of the three pitches they think most viable.
This is the third year that the Centre for 21st Century Humanities has run this workshop. In past year’s seed funding was to:
- A design service and research studio - allowing students to hone their skills while meeting market demand for services.
- An ethical certification business - empowering Indonesian communities to alleviate the detrimental effects of the tourism industry.
- My year as a fairytale - a year-long performance to highlight Maitland's visitor economy.
- Frank's Fantastic Fairytale Theatre - a Hunter Valley based travelling puppetry theatre company.
- The Blacksmith repair day - a festival of reuse where the public can bring in items for repair for a small donation.
- When: 9am – 4pm Friday 9th November 2018
- Where: Room X803, 8th Floor, NeW Space, University of Newcastle, Cnr. Auckland and Hunter Streets, Newcastle
- Register to attend the event.
- This is a free event. Catering included.
- Please remember to BYO laptop.
- Room X803, 8th Floor, NeW Space, University of Newcastle, Cnr. Auckland and Hunter Streets, Newcastle