Race is on for prize to spark new business ventures

Two City of Marion residents are aiming to take their business ideas to the next level.

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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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Dietician and personal trainer Denise Betts of Ascot Park and business improvement officer Ben Clark of Dover Gardens are among 24 aspiring entrepreneurs in the running to win a business coaching trip worth $5000 to the world’s start-up hub of Austin, Texas.

The 2014 Venture Dorm prize, which aims to turn business ideas into reality, will be awarded on 19 June as the culmination of 10-week course run by the New Venture Institute, the entrepreneurial arm of Flinders University.

Venture Dorm teams participants with mentors and gives practical tips on how to make a business idea work.

Ben Clark signed up for the course after realising a personal project had commercial potential.

City Limits April 2014 - Venture Dorm“I had been working on a product to build websites quicker, which was for my own use, when I realised it could be marketed to web development companies,” Mr Clark said.

“While I have some business experience, the course will give me the chance to make my idea work commercially by learning directly from a mentor and networking.”

Denise Betts won a scholarship from the City of Marion to pay for the course.

“Venture Dorm is an opportunity to bridge the gap between a good idea and a successful business,” Ms Betts said.

“I’ve started connecting new dietician graduates to development opportunities with events and winning the prize would be an amazing opportunity to expand the idea outside South Australia.”

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