A Be Your Own Boss expo in Dunedin this month is aimed at
tertiary students interested in starting their own business.
It will be held on September 16, between 10am and 2pm, in the
commerce building atrium at the University of Otago.
It was a trial event and it was hoped there would be a good
attendance from university and Otago Polytechnic students,
building into a bigger event next year, one of the
organisers, Kate Turnbull, said.
The idea was mooted following a conversation between Ms
Turnbull, who is co-ordinator of the Audacious business
challenge, and Jackie Dean, manager of the career development
centre at the university. They got talking about how more
needed to be done to promote starting a business as an option
While job hunting and the need to have a good CV were
''hammered home'', there was another option, Ms Turnbull
There was plenty of support, both on-campus and around
Dunedin, for anyone interested in starting a business, and
the expo was about sharing that information, she said.
It would include study options, start-up programmes and other
support available. There would also be four workshops on
various start-up topics.
Young entrepreneurs sharing their stories included Timely
community support manager Andrew Long, Ignite Consultants
chief executive Alex Devereux, The Inspired Pantry owner
Lauren Campbell, and Quick Brown Fox founder Arjun Haszard.
The aim was to ''cater for everyone'' interested in
self-employment, ''not just for ones with big ideas'', Ms