Issue 10
Monday, 03 July 2017
Charles Darwin University
Participants at the Glasshouse Workshop in Alice Springs
Participants at the Glasshouse Workshop in Alice Springs

Women brainstorm business ideas

By Patrick Nelson

Territory women have been urged to pursue their best entrepreneurial ideas at business-nurturing Glasshouse Workshops hosted by the Northern Institute in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Co-presenter Associate Dean Research and Research Training, Professor Isabelle Skinner said the workshops explored how business and science might grow North Australia’s business capacity.

“We wanted to establish an environment to support Territory women to cultivate their ideas and to connect their products and services with the market,” Professor Skinner said.

“With support from CSIRO’s Professor Cathy Robinson, participants were encouraged to explore how they might commercialise their ideas with research being done in the NT.”

Professor Skinner said it was clear that women were interested in increasing the number of businesses trading in Territory markets.

“The capacity to expand the number and range of small businesses in the Territory is limited only by imagination and the opportunities identified by entrepreneurs.

“We asked how Territorians could expand the capabilities to export products and services to the world.”

Professor Skinner said the positive response to the workshops had prompted a move to establish a formal network that would meet periodically to stimulate innovation and ideas.

“Growing entrepreneurs needs to be a priority in the NT where small businesses continue to provide enormous impetus to the economy,” she said.

The workshops were funded by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.