Australia needs to do more to foster young entrepreneurs, says business student Bradley Kalgovas, who will convene a roundtable on innovation at the upcoming G20 Youth Forum in Germany.
Bradley is one of five UNSW students selected to attend the Forum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where more than 1200 students, business leaders and academics from around the globe will debate pressing social and economic issues.
A Co-op Scholar and University Medalist majoring in Finance and Information Systems Management, Bradley will also present a paper on how to encourage innovation in the IT sector.
“Due to the Global Financial Crisis, many successful programs that assisted young entrepreneurs to start up their own business have been discontinued. Ensuring that there is appropriate government and industry initiatives is critical to guaranteeing that young entrepreneurs have the skills and capital needed to build and scale successful start-ups,” he says.
“I am looking forward to discussing these issues with young leaders from around the world to develop solutions which can be put into action.”
Also attending the G20 Forum is recent law graduate Sophie Duxson, will discuss the future of the international climate change framework at the end of the Kyoto Protocol in 2020.
“In recognition of the fact that Australia is hosting the G20 this year, I think it’s critical that Australian delegates to the Youth Forum focus on climate change and show leadership on this important issue,” she says.
Of particular interest to Sophie, who works for a judge in the NSW Land and Environment Court, is how to tackle the growing emissions of developing countries in an equitable way.
“The G20 Youth Forum is a great opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on your research and ideas and to be exposed to innovative thinking from around the world,” Sophie says.
Final results from the Youth Forum will be shared with G20 Heads of State and leading international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank, OECD, European Commission and the United Nations.
The G20 Youth Forum runs from 7-11 May.
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