Schoolpreneur: Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Blackfriars Priory School 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a new course created by Blackfriars and Schoolpreneur. The unique and exciting course is teaching young people to use their own personal strengths to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

The course is not only aimed at students who want to be entrepreneurs; but also allows students to develop interpersonal, goal-setting and general business skills. The course has a focus on positive psychology, which has already led to some great personal outcomes for students.

As highlighted by Premier Jay Weatherill, growth through innovation is one of the state’s top 10 priorities, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Blackfriars aims to address this through the program. Thanks to the support from the SACE Board, Prospect Council and UniSA, Blackfriars has been able to get the course off the ground this semester and gain access to some fantastic learning opportunities.

“We are about giving students rich real-world learning experiences, and teaching useful and transferable skills that they can take into their future. It is about giving our students exposure to the best people, resources, events and facilities that can be offered – both inside and outside of the classroom. I believe this creates the best kind of experience, and feedback from the students has shown this also.”
– Jeremy Borgas, Teacher

Amongst the rich experiences have been a visit to the Innovation and Collaboration Centre and a look at the Business School facilities at UniSA, participation in Innovation Box. As well as this, the students will be checking out the exciting and collaborative Little City Studio in Prospect and attending the Entrepreneurship Expo run by Entrepreneur Story.

On top of this, students have been granted access to some exciting young entrepreneurs and business leaders, an element of the course that students have really enjoyed. Entrepreneurs such as Jordan Green (Jemsoft), Marita Cheng (2012 Young Australian of the Year, Robogals, 2Mar Robotics), Adam Troyn (Schoolpreneur) have offered plenty of inspiration to the group.

Nicholas enjoys the freedom and exposure Entrepreneurship and Innovation has given him.

“The course gives us freedom to develop our own learning, and explore different pathways. I have really enjoyed Interacting with professionals, such as Ping Xiong and Phil Johnson from UniSA Business School.”

The students will be presenting their business pitches at the Future Business: Blackfriars Entrepreneur Showcase, on Wednesday 9 November at 5.30 at Blackfriars Priory School.