Bootcamp to kick-start new beginnings for young entrepreneurs

08 Apr 2022

Budding young entrepreneurs are being invited to take part in a new program designed to help take their potential business ideas to the next level.

Funded by City of Newcastle and delivered in partnership with Hunter Futureprenuers, the Youth Entrepreneurs Hub will offer free access to resources and mentoring support for people aged 15-25 looking to set up a business.

It will be officially launched at City of Newcastle's Digital Library on 14 April to coincide with Youth Week, kicking off with an intensive Entrepreneurs Mindset Bootcamp that will teach participants how to identify and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said City of Newcastle is committed to supporting employment and career opportunities for young people.

"Youth unemployment is one of the most significant issues impacting young people in regional areas including Newcastle, a situation that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic," Cr Clausen said.

"As part of our commitment to the Greater Newcastle Youth Employment Charter, City of Newcastle is working with other organisations to create new opportunities for young people by fostering the development of entrepreneurial skills in the region.

"Through initiatives such as the Youth Entrepreneurs Hub we can help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to turn fledgling ideas into viable business opportunities, while also expanding their network of like-minded people and industry experts.

"Investing in people and their skills sits at the heart of City of Newcastle's Economic Development Strategy and is key to economic growth. The Youth Entrepreneurs Hub will continue our commitment to delivering innovative programs that strengthen existing and create new economic opportunities in Newcastle, such as the New Move initiative and NewSkills training programs including the Side Hustle Bootcamp and Product Development Mentoring Program."

The Entrepreneurs Mindset Bootcamp session will be augmented by a series of monthly "Up Hustle" workshops that create a safe testing environment for generating ideas and pitch opportunities to local industry and mentors.

Members of the Youth Entrepreneurs Hub will also access individual mentoring sessions with leading entrepreneurs, be provided access to inspiring industry speakers and have the option of completing a range of nationally accredited training offered by the Newcastle Business Centre.

Program sessions will be run by young entrepreneurs from the Newcastle Business Centre and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, while participants will also be able to make the most of the Digital Library's technology and resources including the podcast room, digital wall and 3D Printers.

To register for the free Entrepreneurs Mindset Bootcamp on 14 April and be part of the Youth Entrepreneurs Hub visit