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Bond to host free 'Ideas Camp' for budding entrepreneurs

Bond University is calling high school students looking to unleash their inner entrepreneur to attend a free boot camp, featuring a special presentation from author and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine, Lisa Messenger, on her renegade approach to business.

Hosted by the Bond Business School, Ideas Camp 2015 is an opportunity for year 11 and 12 students to come together to hear from some of Australia’s industry leaders, who will share their tips and tricks on turning creative ideas into success stories.

Ms Messenger is the owner and creative director of marketing and book publishing company The Messenger Group, and has written 14 books and published over 400 others. In 2013 she launched The Collective, a lifestyle magazine bringing together entrepreneurial and creative minds from across the globe.

Presenting alongside Ms Messenger will be local success story and Bond student Nick Pearce, who opened his first business, Blackboard Coffee, at the age of 19 and now presides over a Gold Coast coffee empire with three thriving venues at Varsity, Burleigh and Coolangatta.

Rounding out the day will be Bond University's Dr Baden U'Ren who heads the Bond Business Accelerator, a new program designed to teach the next generation of leaders to think creatively in a fast-changing global business environment.

Dr U'Ren said Ideas Camp was a unique opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to learn from some of the best in the business.

"The modern workforce is changing, and it is important for the next generation of corporate adventurers to learn the right skills to help them thrive," he said.

"Ideas Camp is about teaching young people how to think like an entrepreneur at an early age so they can apply these principles across all facets of their life, including their study and career.

"Guest speaker Lisa Messenger is an authority on turning ideas into successful businesses and throughout her career has challenged the status quo. Collective Hub is a game changer in connecting with an audience, while her books encourage us to believe in ourselves and take action.

"If you are in year 11 or 12 and are dreaming of a career in business, Ideas Camp is an opportunity you don't want to miss."

Ideas Camp is open to year 11 and 12 students and will be held on Wednesday, October 7, in Bond University's Abedian School of Architecture.

Attendance is free of charge, however places are limited and registration is essential. To register your interest, visit

For more information, visit on contact Kelly Kohler at [email protected] 

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