The Australian Society of Entrepreneurs has expanded its network with the launch of a Sydney chapter, designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with the stresses of running a business.
ASE is a not-for-profit organisation formed in Melbourne early last year by chief executive Adam Mathews and newly appointed managing director Christine Trettel.
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It was formed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with the stresses often associated with running a business, catering mostly to young entrepreneurs.
While the society was formed in Melbourne, it has chapters throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Hong Kong and China.
Each chapter runs monthly events to educate, motivate and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs, with support from the other chapters around the world.
Tania Hatton, the newly appointed president of the Sydney chapter, has taken on the responsibilities of forming and running the chapter.
Hatton is aiming to grow her chapter to the same size as Melbourne’s over the year.
The Sydney chapter recently held its first speakers’ event, featuring OrionVM managing director Sheng Yeo, who discussed the advantages of cloud computing for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
After Yeo’s keynote presentation, the group discussed ideas about new businesses, and helped to clarify each other’s ideas. This was followed by networking.
One attendee described her experience as “excellent”, with “great coverage” of the basics of cloud computing.
“[I] loved the networking, discussing other [people’s] entrepreneurial ideas. It was really fun, engaging and exciting,” she says.
According to ASE, the chapters are aimed at anyone interested in learning and sharing knowledge, skills, techniques and resources “with a bunch of other well-rounded entrepreneurs”.
“This is a place where we can all stand on the edge of thought, ideas and creativity and share openly – all meet-ups are public and designed to benefit the members,” ASE said in a statement.
“All events are recorded for viewing during our social catch-ups and networking functions, and all members will have access to view old footage [to] review particular speakers or events.”
ASE said most events will culminate in a networking activity, along with dinner or drinks.
“Location will vary based on the majority of our members’ requirements [and] event locations will be determined by RSVPs and activity requirements,” it said.