Ignition scholarship winners announced

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City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Ignition scholarship winners Van Truong of Gnangara and Ainsley Brett-Matthewson of Butler.

TWO City of Wanneroo residents have been awarded scholarships to help get their business ideas up and running, under the guidance of the Curtin University Ignition program.

Van Truong of Gnangara and Ainsley Brett-Matthewson of Butler were this year’s scholarship winners.

The scholarships have been created for new and start-up businesses, and under the program the winners will be given the skills, networks and inspiration they need to grow their product and service ideas.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the initiative was a wonderful opportunity to see passionate entrepreneurs get the backing and assistance they needed to grow profitable businesses.

“The city recognises the importance of local businesses within our community,’’ she said.

“Through the scholarships we look forward to seeing these ideas become successful products and services for use in our city, throughout Perth and perhaps even overseas.’’

The city provided two scholarships to the program, as part of its plans to grow entrepreneurial activity within the northern corridor.

implement those ideas. I think the mentorship will be great with this and help me to grow as an entrepreneur,” she added.

Ainsley was inspired to find a solution to allow her autistic daughter to swim when menstruating.

Under the scholarship, the two winners receive a fully funded place in the Curtin Ignition Program, a six-month membership to the Wanneroo Business Association and access to business support services.

The Curtin University Ignition Program will run from August 13-18 and educate aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and prepare their business ideas for the commercial environment.