Dr Paul practices what he preaches at RMIT
WHEN Sarina Russo Entrepreneur’s “Entrepreneurship Facilitator” Dr Paul Miller speaks, people listen – and learn.
As was the case on August 28 when Paul was a special guest at the 2019 RMIT University Hackathon where he delivered a presentation and sat on a five-member panel judging the finalists’ responses to the theme “The creation of opportunities for employment in rural areas”.
Held during RMIT’s Entrepreneurship Week, the Hackathon aimed to educate, inspire and motivate students as they enter the world of entrepreneurship and the five finalists were required to deliver a three-minute pitch.
“Across the board, in Ballarat, unemployment rates for youth, those aged between 15-24 years old has decreased from 25% to 20% in the past three years,” Paul said.
“Conversely, unemployment rates for people aged above 50 have increased from 25%-29%. Some people at the Hackathon had been involved in the New Business Assistance with NEIS program and I also spoke about my current role as Entrepreneurship Facilitator in which I encourage and assist people aged over 45 to consider becoming their own boss.
“The judging criteria was centred around desirability, viability and feasibility and implantation of the solution and the winning team Fivinity demonstrated real solutions to the criteria.”