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MBA student thrives in CERI Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

Thursday, 03 August 2017


As a business owner of ten years, Anna Abelha knows all about the pressures of juggling lots of hats. Now she’s added studying the Master of Business Administration at the School of Business and Law to the mix and is discovering endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

After founding the concept store Funky Kids, Anna started to look towards furthering her business studies to pursue new ventures. Completing the Graduate Certificate of Business and moving straight into the MBA was a natural progression for Anna who has a passion for working with like-minded people to create new business models.

“As a small business owner I am always inspired by individuals who have an idea and take the courage to bring their concept to market. I like to surround myself with people who share a similar mindset to me so we can feed off each other to grow and create greater things together.”

“Reading through the course structure and material I had an immediate feeling the ECU MBA course had stronger relevance to modern day organizations. I was looking for a University that was young and forward thinking rather than old fashioned and theory based. The world is evolving so fast and I wanted to be part of a University that recognized this transition and innovation.”

Just one semester into her MBA studies, Anna was accepted into the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation’s (CERI) Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp.

One of only three MBA students from ECU accepted into the program, Anna is currently thriving on meeting likeminded people from a variety of backgrounds.

“Meeting new people from different industries who are inventing or breaking through with an idea that will solve some of humanities big problems is very inspirational. I feel like I have a lot to offer this group as I bring to the table my own business experience with all its failures and successes as well as my academic learning. I also realized that although many students have a PHD in areas of science or engineering they may not have the skills to monetize their discovery.”

“I am very inspired by Charlie Bass and Carolyn Williams (CERI Founders) in their plight to change the WA economy and foster the development of innovation and entrepreneurship. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

With another year to go before she graduates from the MBA, Anna is already looking towards entrepreneurial opportunities and collaborations with her peers.

“So many opportunities are opening up for me because of my studies at ECU. My MBA has given me greater depth of knowledge in business and how organizations operate. Combined with my life experiences I feel like there is nothing that I cannot achieve.”

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