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09 April 2015

Teenage boy in a suitSome of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs had their career-making ideas when they were just kids. 

Nick D’Aloisio was just 15 when he started work on developing an app that would condense text content into 1000, 500, or 140-character summaries.  The idea was picked up by Apple as a notable app and then supported with venture capital by a Hong Kong billionaire. D’Aloisio honed and redesigned his work, and produced Summly, an app that could summarise daily news for easy consumption and presentation on smart phones. Summly was sold to Yahoo for $30 million making him one of the world’s youngest self-made millionaires. 

D’Aloisio’s intellect was evident but his entrepreneurial attitudes are what helped him break into the big time. 

And the University of South Australia Business School is hoping to cultivate some of that enterprising spirit in the next generation of SA business leaders, by supporting the opportunity for budding business champions and creative leaders aged from 14 to 19 to attend BO$$ Camp. 

With support from Adelaide City Council and Brand South Australia, the Adelaide 2015 BO$$ Camp will take place on 16-17 April 2015, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, at UniSA’s City West Campus. 

The two-day event will give local young people the chance to learn from inspirational speakers, work in teams with successful entrepreneurs as mentors, innovate their ideas for the development of viable businesses, and connect with the business and start-up networks across Adelaide. 

The line-up of speakers includes Vinh Giang straight from his highly successful award-winning Fringe Show, Deception More Deceit, and young upstart under-30 winner plus National Youth Awards finalist, Jessica Perry. 

UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Law, Professor Marie Wilson says the event is a seriously important opportunity for Adelaide’s young ideas people. 

“It is not every day that you get to work with business and leadership experts but also to rub shoulders with other people who have big plans, big dreams and clever innovations,” Prof Wilson says. 

“If you look at the stories of highly successful young people you’ll see there are some commonalities – they have a great idea and they pursue their dream relentlessly, but they almost always have around them a community of supporters and people who have faith in them. 

“BO$$ Camp offers a place where young people with great ideas will feel right at home  - it is that first step to building a network of ‘can do’ people.” 

A number of new businesses were born from BO$$ Camp 2014 and groups have participated in accelerator programs and connected with entrepreneurs across the state. 

Participants also have the chance to win a prize pool that includes a number of ‘money can’t buy experiences’. 

Thanks to UniSA, early bird entrepreneurs can get $100 off each ticket, for a limited time only, by using the ‘UniSA’ promo code. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs can secure a Bo$$ Camp ticket now from http://bosscamp.com.au/registernow/ 

For further information visit www.bosscamp.com.au 

Contacts for interviews: 

UniSA Business School

Prof Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor, 08 8302 0666, marie.wilson@unisa.edu.au

 Bo$$ Camp

Wendy Perry, VIP BOSS, BO$$ Camp, mobile:0416150491, wendy@bosscamp.com.au.

Adam Troyn, Brand BOSS, Bo$$ Camp, 0416 721 248, adam@bosscamp.com.au

 Media contact: Michèle Nardelli office: +61 8 8302 0966 mobile: 0418 823 673 email: michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au





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