Government slow to embrace young innovators

Government slow to embrace young innovators

Young innovative thinkers are yet to be fully embraced in Australia, according to the head of a not-for-profit entrepreneur network.

Australia will host the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) and G20 Leaders Summits in 2014, but Jeremy Liddle said there is still work to be done.

“There are still many barriers that all levels of Government needs to remove is Australia is really able to embrace the innovative thinking that younger people can bring, to enhance the social and economic fabric of this country,” Liddle, chief entrepreneur officer of the Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA), said.

Liddle’s comments come as he announces a group of 22 Australian entrepreneurs, all aged under 40, are set to fly to Moscow in June for the G20 YEA Summit.

The youngest of the 22 is a 22-year old who has set up their own business, three are chief executives and almost half of the group are women.

 The group represents businesses from across the finance, brand identity and marketing industries among others.

“I think this year we have a really good representation of the small business stakeholders in the ecosystem,” Liddle added.

“The delegation will be learning from the best practices around the world during the G20 YEA Sumit to help our Governments and business leaders implement policies and strategies to harness young entrepreneurialism in Australia.”

The Australian entrepreneurs travelling to Moscow from the media, marketing and PR industries include Sammway Brand Management, Communications and Events founder Samantha Dybac, Elevents founder Elisa Limburg, Blue Chilli mobile app innovator Sebastien Eckerslee Maslin and Daniel Hayward from EDM Marketing.

The group will be in Moscow from June 15 to 17.

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