2021 Canterbury Business Network Twilight Event Wrap

Under beautiful sunset skies, our Canterbury Business Network gathered around our Aquatic Centre’s Olympic-sized lap pool, to meet young Canterbury student entrepreneurs like the Sweet Things group, as well as Logan City Council’s local Councillor Laurie Koranski and hear from Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur Mr Wayne Gerard.

Our Guest Speaker Wayne’s main speech points included:

1. Please give new school-leavers and university graduates, with little to no work experience – but great attitude, enthusiasm and character – an opportunity within your organisation.

You never know where giving them their first ‘big break’ will lead for you and your company, and fresh thinking, ideas and outlooks should always be welcome in this ever-changing business world.

2. Your professional and transportable skills are becoming much more important than your educational record or where you studied or where you worked before.

It’s about your range of skills and skill levels and versatility and work attitude – not any ‘snobbish’ college or course credentials.

3. The World Wide Web gives your business almost unlimited online possibilities nowadays, so you need tech-savvy youth to push you along.

The global internet offers:

– Local, state, national and international market reach.

– Massive potential audiences.

– The opportunity to find and network with strategic business partners.

– Scalability: Wayne scaled his company RedEye from a small Brisbane tech agency to a global company with major projects in the United States and other countries.

RedEye was founded in Australia in 2012 to help large complex asset owners and critical infrastructure operators improve asset safety and performance with a user-friendly Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.

Today RedEye has six offices globally and helps clients manage over $250bn worth of assets.

Their SaaS solutions are purpose-built to manage asset drawings and data, enable work on assets, and leverage 3D models to visualise and improve asset condition.

4. Be bold. Have a go. If you have an idea, then go for it! If it fails, then so be it…

Learn from your failures – you will do better next time.

At the end of the day, the biggest regret you will have is not ever trying at all and wondering what could have been!

If you wish to join the Canterbury Business Network to advertise your company’s products or services, and access Canterbury students for apprenticeships and traineeships etc, then please contact Mr Greg Wacker Head of the Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership – " target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">