The Secret Energy of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is the key skill that drives business development. It has been part of commercial life through time immemorial but as technology changes the nature of the work it will become a key skill for everyone.

Entrepreneurship is now a career choice for everyone from graduates to executives wanting to change their roles to semi-retirees wanting to stay active. So what makes entrepreneurs succeed? One attribute is their sheer energy to succeed.

In this Real World Conversation, four entrepreneurs share with each other what energises them and one of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship explains the attributes of success. And you get to participate through a Q & A session.

Date   Wednesday 17 May 2017

Venue   Gardens Theatre Foyer | QUT GP | 2 George Street, Brisbane

Time   7.00am  – 9.00am  A light breakfast will be available.

Guests are welcome to stay after the event for a visit to QUT’s new co-      working spaces, the foundries, home to 15 different start-up ventures.

Cost   $45.00 per person ($5.00 will be donated to the QUT Learning Potential Fund)

Contact  Kathy McCabe  (07) 3138 1906

Parking   Paid parking is available in SEC car park.


Wayne Gerard is co-founder and CEO of RedEye Apps and a director of StartupAUS, a national advocacy body  for technology start-ups. He was Queensland’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. RedEye Apps is a world-leading tech start-up which has created new ways of managing, sharing and storing engineering drawings and data for the resources, utilities and infrastructure industries.

Tamara Mills is founder of a range of medical technology businesses in Australia and North America Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Glucotek Inc, a business that sprang out of her participation in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp recently hosted at QUT as well as chief operations officer of De Motu Cordis, a local Brisbane based Medtech start-up. She has over 10 years’ experience in development and commercialisation of medical technologies.

 Alexander Dreiling is CEO and co-founder of Clipchamp Pty Ltd, a technology company that allows fast and easy video sharing. It operates in Australia and the US. The business sprung out of Alexander’s involvement in a QUT Bluebox accelerator. He is a former associate professor of the university.

Ingrid Rodriguez is founder and CEO of Eikonic, a participant in the Advance Queensland HotDesQ program. It’s mission is to develop technology to prevent gum disease and tooth decay which impacts disadvantaged communities. She is a passionate social entrepreneur.

Professor Per Davidsson is director of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) based at QUT. He is one of the world’s most cited researchers on entrepreneurship and has a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 Danielle Duell is founder and CEO of People With Purpose and the regular moderator of Real World Futures events. She is also an entrepreneur with a history of start-ups in the fashion, tourism and technology industries.

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