BUDDING entrepreneurs have been encouraged to attend a forum on Monday that aims to inspire some of Bendigo’s youngest creative thinkers.
Lead On Australia in partnership with emerging business owners Reece Hendy and Patrick Thompson will host a forum at the COG Youth Innovation Centre for local people who have an interest in business entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Lead On Australia development officer Stephanie Ash said the aim of the forum was to foster Bendigo’s creative community.
“It is about opening the eyes of young people to the opportunities on offer,” she said.
The three-hour Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship workshop is a first for Bendigo.
Organiser Recce Hendy said the forum would energise and spark social change.
“The forum aims to empower youth to think differently about the career options open to them and encourage them to consider forging their own paths,” he said.
Mr Hendy said the forum was designed to ‘strengthen the change-making capabilities of young people’.
Lead On Australia manager Mark Boyd-Graham said now more than ever young people were under pressure to gain secure employment.
"Increasingly young people need to create their own opportunities, events such as this give youth the opportunity to learn from local leaders," he said.
Guests speakers include Blues and Roots Festival founder Colin Thompson, businessman Robert Cook, Workspaces Australia manager Rebecca Dempsey, Nerdy Bird author Danielle Wheeldon and Make a Change Australia executive director Karen Corr.
There are only 30 tickets available so organisers are encouraging people to get in quick.
The form will be held at the COG Youth Innovation Centre on Mundy Street between 4pm and 7pm.
To register your interest visit www.eyeforum.com.au before 5pm on Thursday.