We Can | Self Employment Accelerator for People with Disabilities
We Can is all about providing the support and empowerment for people with disabilities to explore self-employment as an opportunity for their future – bringing their skills, passions and ideas together to look at how they can make their own job!
Delivered over five days across three weeks, the program is focused on building on the strengths and passions of everyone in the room, developing ideas to share these with the rest of the community, understanding the basics of finance and marketing to make these ideas as business concepts that can be sustainable and then how to present them at the end. While there is a lot to cover, We Can is focused on sharing short bits of information that can be understood and then applied in an action-oriented process, allowing each step to be included into the idea that is being developed throughout the workshops.
Delivered by Tasmanian innovator Adam Mostogl (2015 Finalist for Young Australian of the Year & 2017 Anthill’s 30Under30 for Australian Entrepreneurs), there will also be plenty of opportunities to have his help to build and create your idea and connect with other innovators across the world!
Importantly, We Can is designed to help those who don’t even have an idea of what they can start – the focus is on understanding your skills, strengths and passions and see what can become an opportunity that can be started and run at their own pace.
And because of the support through the Tasmanian Disability Innovator Hub – We Can is free to register for.
Day 1 & 2
The first two days provide the foundation of the We Can program, where we start with a focus on the individual – we begin with building and identifying skills and passions, and then develop ideas that build upon these strategies and skills.
Day 3 & 4
The next two days builds upon this foundation, going into depth around two big parts of businesses – marketing and finance. These important concepts will be broken down and assistance will be provided to apply them to the ideas being developed to help make the ideas something to be launched.
This is conclusion of the We Can program, where we further refine ideas, clarify around aspects of the business and present the ideas to an invited audience to showcase the innovative ideas that have been developed within the program.
* All in person events are scheduled, and could be moved depending on the restrictions around COVID-19 at that time.
Who Should Register?
The program is designed for people who identify as having autism, people with sensory disability and/or mild intellectual disability. We encourage people all ages to participate.
You don’t have to have a business idea already before starting the program, we just need your enthusiasm (but if you have an idea, we’ll help with that too!). All of the sessions are focused around helping all participants learn more about business and their own skills in an engaging manner, with an information booklet provided to help build the idea after the accelerator has been completed.
Support is provided for those who find literacy and numeracy a challenge, and the program will accommodate any additional support needs.
When Is It Running Next?
We Can will run at St Giles’ Amy Road location from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm for five days;
Round One (September 2021)
- Monday September 6
- Tuesday September 7
- Wednesday September 15
- Thursday September 16
- Friday September 24
Round Two (December 2021)
- Wednesday December 1
- Thursday December 2
- Monday December 6
- Tuesday December 7
- Friday December 10
In 2022, We Can will be hosted in Hobart and on the North West Coast, so stay tuned for when these dates are announced.
Who’s Delivering the Sessions?
Founder of illuminate Education Australia and Founding Director of illuminate Future
2017 Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs //2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year
In any given week, Adam Mostogl might be helping young entrepreneurs to kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential or teaching hundreds of students to embrace innovation to solve the problems of the future.
Adam is passionate about embracing creative and innovative solutions to common problems, with experience across a wide variety of industry areas. Since 2010, over 15,000 young Australians have undertaken entrepreneurial education programs lead by Adam as the Founder / Inspirer of illuminate Education, which focuses on inspiring students to be the confident, creative and capable people they have the potential to be. Adam is also the Founding Director of illuminate Future; the CEO and Chief Entrepreneur of The Van Diemen Project (helping hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs to do great things); Founding Curator of the Launceston Global Shapers Hub (connecting youth focused on driving global change); Advisory Board Member for the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, (helping underpin education outcomes across his home state of Tasmania); and importantly, a husband to Jessi and father to two young boys.
Adam’s involvement in entrepreneurship and economic development also saw him chosen to participate in a US Government funded study tour with 22 other social entrepreneurs to learn more about innovation ecosystems and social impact ventures in the United States, as well as selected to participate in the world’s largest innovation process for the Sustainable Development Goals, UNLEASH held in Singapore (2018) and Shenzhen (2019).
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What is the Tasmanian Disability Innovator Hub?
COVID-19 has impacted everyone – but people with disabilities have been affected in a range of ways. Isolating for health reasons has meant many people with disabilities have withdrawn more than most of us. Employment opportunities have been cut off, especially in businesses that were working hard to stay afloat before the pandemic and economic restrictions. And as the economy recovers and reshapes, we know that people with disabilities will be left behind.
So instead of letting what has always happened be something we accept, the Tasmanian Disability Innovator Hub will proactively change that. We’re going to create a group of job makers in the disability sector and space. We’re going to inspire innovation and new thinking across the sector. We’re going to support employers to bring people with disabilities into the workforce.
The Tasmanian Disability Innovator Hub is a collaboration between St Giles Society and illuminate Future, with support from the Tasmanian Community Fund to initiate the hub. You can find out more by going to innovatorhub.org.au