Newcastle’s New Entrepreneurs

For its September forum, The Newcastle Institute is hosting a panel of the exciting new Hunter entrepreneurs. They will discuss their experiences of building businesses, their challenges and key elements for success and will also provide their views on the future of the Hunter economy.

Shawn Sherlock, transitioned from an academic career to build Foghorn Brewhouse in Newcastle, a business based on his passion of brewing beer.

Trent Bagnall established Slingshot, a Newcastle-based business accelerator company in 2012. It has supported many start-up ventures, investing in ideas and passion.

James McDonald, co-founder of NewyStartUps, aims to connect, enable and inspire the Newcastle technology and start up communities allowing for new scaleable tech products to reach the market as quickly as possible.

Dr Andrew Mears established SwitchDin in late 2011. SwitchDin want to drive scaling-up of decentralised renewable energy so as to transform the way we think about energy.

Our economy is changing. With strong industrial roots, the Hunter’s economy has been built on manufacturing and resources. In the global economy, and rapidly changing world a strong and vibrant regional economy will look very different. Supporting new businesses and business leaders is critical to the success of our future economy.

Building on the strong foundations of the tertiary sector and research institutes, Newcastle is witnessing the burgeoning of new entrepreneurs. New businesses are being developed which are challenging the old paradigms of business in the Hunter. Entrepreneurs in IT, energy, leisure and hospitality are showing leadership in business development and investment.

Common across the entrepreneurs are strong networks of support among businesses, partnerships with the tertiary sector and global connectivity.

This forum is open to the general public. A $5 donation is suggested.

What?    September Public Forum: Newcastle’s New Entrepreneurs

When?     Wednesday September 9, 6-7.30pm

Where?   Friendship Room, Wests City Club (Formerly Panthers Newcastle or the Newcastle Workers Club)



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