Chris Styles discusses innovation at Shanghai business conference

Wednesday, 15 October 2014  Features

The UNSW Business School has produced some of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs, Dean Chris Styles told an international Business School conference in Shanghai on Friday.

Professor Styles told the audience of more than 250 deans and academic leaders that UNSW had produced more IT entrepreneurs in the past 15 years than any other Australian university, according to research by US-based startup database, CrunchBase.

In his address to the 5th international Business School Shanghai Conference (IBSSC), Professor Styles highlighted the support given to start-ups and innovation at UNSW, including:

  • The Peter Farrell Cup
  • Student Entrepreneur Development
  • Start-up Games
  • Start-up internships
  • Hackathons, including one held recently in conjunction with the Commonwealth Bank
  • Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (due for completion in 2015).

The Peter Farrell Cup, a competition to identify budding entrepreneurs sponsored by ResMed founder and Chairman Peter Farrell, has grown from 8 competing teams in 2012 to 42 this year.

Professor Styles showcased not just the innovations to education in the Business School, but also the commitment by the University for social and commercial impact through entrepreneurship.

The bi-annual conference held by the Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM) focussed on Innovation and entrepreneurship.

IBSSC has become the largest dean-level conference for business schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Due to its focused themes, global scale and western and eastern integration, the IBSSC has already become an extremely valuable forum for business schools around world.

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