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The Prince’s Trust Australia Design Jam with CommBank

The transition from full-time military service to civilian life is often a challenging one. For personnel interested in a career in small business, the process can create additional challenges for our transitioning veterans.

The Prince’s Trust Australia, through its Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program, offers entrepreneurial defence personnel the skills, networks, and confidence they need to start or scale a career in small business.

As part of this program, The Prince’s Trust Australia partnered with Commonwealth Bank’s Innovation Lab to deliver a full-day design thinking workshop for The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program alumni and their business partners.

Each business paired with a dedicated CommBank volunteer to help facilitate solutions for consultancies and consumer product companies, a fitness studio, bespoke brewery, and a property management business.

The workshop challenged traditional approaches to complex problems and encouraged participants to innovate collaboratively, ultimately helping our alumni develop human-centered, sustainable solutions to their business problems.

Chief Executive of the Prince’s Trust Australia Janine Kirk AM remarks: “Supporting our alumni beyond the scope of the Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program is integral to their success as small business owners and entrepreneurs. We’re delighted to work with Commonwealth Bank of Australia – a leader in business innovation – to offer new tools and strategies for veteran-owned businesses.”

2017 alumnus Scott Jetson worked with a CommBank volunteer to develop an online experience for boutique wine enthusiasts through his business The Wine Crowd: “The design thinking process was incredibly helpful. It challenges you to isolate your business problem and develop a targeted solution. At the end of the day, I not only had a viable solution in hand, but also a new way of thinking about future challenges I might face.”

The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business alumni at CommBank’s Innovation Lab

Further Information:

The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business Program:
A 12 to 18-month initiative designed in partnership with RMIT University, the Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program assists 20 – 25 transitioning defence personnel to start or scale their own small business each year. Guided by an Advisory Council Chaired by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, participants graduate with a Certificate IV in New Small Business, receive 12 months of tailored mentoring support, and are invited to stay engaged through our PLYOB alumni network & events. Applications for the 2018 program close on Friday, 2 March.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia Innovation Lab: The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is a proud sponsor of the Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program. CommBank’s Innovation Labs invite visitors to witness the stages of the innovation process as they happen, from idea to execution. The flexible spaces are filled with the latest technology to enable faster collaboration and ideation than ever before. Visitors can interact with real time data, interpret trends, brainstorm solutions, and collaborate with CommBank project teams.

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The Wine Crowd: A veteran-owned venture born out of passion and enthusiasm for wine, The Wine Crowd is a boutique wine distributor offering unique events and easy-to-understand information for customers looking to experience, taste, learn and buy great wine. The Wine Crowd is based in Canberra.

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Media enquiries
Jenny Vu
Phone: 03 8672 9132
Mobile: 0431 694 001

Alumni of the Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program are available to speak upon request.