Monday saw the beginning of a hybrid program being delivered from Australia and in Bhutan, with 18 participants who are entrepreneurs and leaders focussing on scaling up their businesses, from the tiny country tucked deep in the Himalayas and sandwiched between two of the largest and oldest civilisations in the world (India and China).
Gross National Happiness and being the only carbon negative country in the world means that Bhutan operates at a higher place and you can read this blog on Bhutan: A Himalayan Mystery – “What You Might Not Know About Bhutan” to find out more.
Working alongside the QUT International Projects Unit who shared:
“We are honoured to announce that the #AustraliaAwards Short Course on Business Acceleration for Entrepreneurs (Bhutan) has officially commenced. Australia Awards and QUT (Queensland University of Technology) welcomed 18 Bhutanese entrepreneurs to a three-day preliminary online learning course that prepares them for an intensive series of Core Learning activities from December 2021 – January 2022, and Applied Learning Activities until April 2022.
The Honorable Minister Lyonpo Karma Dorji, Minister for the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in Bhutan, spoke about the importance of diversification and expansion of businesses in Bhutan.
Professor Rowena Barrett, QUT’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship, joined the event as the Keynote Speaker for the Opening program held in Thimphu. She spoke about the critical competencies of entrepreneurs.
There are several aims with the program including strengthening current business operations through the skills and knowledge gained from the short course; exploring opportunities for business growth and diversification (e.g., introduce new products or services, review of existing product or services); build and maintain networks with Australian counterparts.
Which means that we are seeking people as speakers and possible mentors across the following areas – branding and design; digital marketing; exporting and importing; financial management and accounting; human resources; international business and standards; investment and capital raising; leadership and management; packaging and product development.
So, you might be someone with expertise in these fields and/or have scaling up experience that is more related to the types of businesses involved in the program such as ecommerce platforms, fashion and training, food and beverages (coffee, pickles, processed products), government (employment and entrepreneurship), feminine hygiene and PPE products (masks, gowns), ICT and proptech.
It is an awesome opportunity to expand your international capability and networks so if this could be you then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks.