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ECU students share expertise with local businesses

Monday, 09 June 2008

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Local businesses and entrepreneurs in the Wanneroo area will soon be able to benefit from the specialist knowledge of Edith Cowan University (ECU) business and law students.

ECU, in conjunction with the City of Wanneroo, has launched the Innovation Lab, a project designed to cultivate relationships between local businesses and ECU students.

A free scheme, the Innovation Lab intends to help local businesses and entrepreneurs bring ideas to life through the input of ECU students by assigning skilled students to pursue appropriate business submissions.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at ECU, Professor Robert Harvey, said the Innovation Lab demonstrates ECU's commitment to engaging and partnering with the business community.

"It provides ECU students with a competitive advantage by producing readily-employable business and law graduates with experience in solving real business issues. Students will be work-ready, something employers have asked us for."

According to City of Wanneroo Mayor, Jon Kelly, "the Innovation Lab allows local businesses and students to develop business skills together, strengthening and supporting local business and providing hands-on experience for students."

The Innovation Lab is open to all industries and the City of Wanneroo invites local businesses and entrepreneurs to submit ideas, challenges and requests for students to progress.

Submitted ideas will be assessed for suitability and those meeting the criteria will be put forward to ECU for final project selection. The Innovation Lab is run in conjunction with ECU semester dates.

Businesses interested in taking part should contact the City of Wanneroo Economic Development team on 9405 5000 or email economic@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

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