Baden U'Ren

My Blog Posts

2016 5/Feb

I am often questioned on the merits of an entrepreneurship education. In my view it is a must, and Australia’s former Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb agrees. A student’s perspective can sometimes be more persuasive, and current students Alex and Rebecca from Norway share their reasons for coming to Bond University to study entrepreneurship. If you’d […]

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2015 31/Aug

What a privilege it is to be a teacher. In the past week I have seen transformative learning in action: one student reflected he “has changed his views about what he is capable of.” Others narrowed down to specific skills, or ways of thinking, that they have gained. Personally, this experience has consolidated knowledge and […]

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2015 26/Aug

The frenetic pace of this trip just doesn’t stop, such is the nature of Silicon Valley. Professor George Foster at Stanford University summed it up perfectly for us on Wednesday: “the scale of ambition here is astronomical.” This is a powerful statement. It defines the culture that permeates the innovation engine that is Silicon Valley. […]

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2015 25/Aug

What a Day! The Bond University Silicon Valley Study Tour kicked off with a visit to RocketSpace and a chat with CEO Duncan Logan. Such gems as “stay strong to your True North”, “all the money in the world will never beat the best people” and “there’s a shift from capitalism to talentism” will stick […]

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2015 13/Aug

The third running of the Bond Business Accelerator culminated in an outstanding Demo Day last night, with nine startups pitching to a sold-out crowd of appreciative onlookers at Bond University. 18 year old Navdeep Pasricha delivered a powerful message about teen mental health and what his startup iYouth is doing about it, and in the process […]

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2015 10/Aug

Any movement needs its champions, and Queensland’s shift into an innovation economy has many worthy of this title. It has been coming for a while, but the Palaszczuk government’s $180m budgetary commitment to support research and innovation has galvanised a fledgling movement to take action. The Best and Brightest Fund receives $50m to develop, attract […]

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2015 10/Mar

    I am quoting from the Queensland Startup Summit Report, published by the State of Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts in May 2014, in which the former Minister Ian Walker reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial culture in Queensland. Why, you may ask, is the […]

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2015 6/Feb

  I am often met with raised eyebrows when I say I teach entrepreneurship. “No!” “Surely not!” “You can’t teach that!” …but I can. And I do. And Australia’s education system NEEDS TO for us to be globally relevant in today’s hyper-competitive business landscape. I am moved to write this by two recent events. Aaron […]

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2014 25/Nov

  Global Entrepreneurship Week has come to an end and what a ride it has been. Here is some insight to some of the things I have been involved with over the past 7 days: some intensely, some with passion, and others with proud reflection. Student Entrepreneur: Hollie Gordon, founder of Milaana and inaugural member […]

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