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‘Switch On’ New Zealand’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

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‘SWITCH ON’ New Zealand’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

“Switch On Entrepreneurship Conference”, which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of Entrepreneurship and to instill entrepreneurial skills in young New Zealanders, is going to be launched by AIESEC New Zealand Inc. on the 2nd of February 2008 on the Pipitea Campus of Victoria University in Wellington.

The day will be kick started by a keynote address by Dr Peter Zettinig of Victoria University, followed by workshops, talks and a panel discussion where participants will get the opportunity to network with the likes of Jeff Kennedy, the founder of Caffe L’affare and Sarah Gibbs & Catherine de Groot, directors and founders of Trilogy, a company that was named Emerging Exporter of the Year in 2006, just 3 years after being founded.

AIESEC New Zealand invites ambitious young students looking for personal development and getting that edge to this event. The objectives of this event are to educate the delegates about the different types of Entrepreneurship; to inspire the delegates through real life case studies; to instill entrepreneurial skills in the delegates; to gauge young New Zealanders’ interest and entrepreneurial skills and to build a plan for entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

Nikita Wong, the President of AIESEC New Zealand, said, “We conduct workshops and seminars that connect businesses with the youth. We expect firms with international ambitions, young leaders passionate about entrepreneurship and international youth come together to discover the value of what New Zealand has to offer. As a starting point, our four local chapters will also conduct projects focused on gathering business knowledge from key international markets later in the year.”

Founded in 1948, AIESEC has a history of successful cooperation worldwide with organizations from both corporate and non-corporate sector. More than 3,000 organizations are constantly involved with AIESEC in local, national and regional level. Apart from providing over 5,000 leadership positions and delivering over 350 conferences, AIESEC also provides over 3,500 students and recent graduates the opportunity to live and work in another country through the Global Exchange Programme.

This exchange program enables organizations to source high-potential talent from over 800 universities in 89 countries and territories. With thousands of partners, such as UBS, PwC, DHL, the AIESEC exchange program is a proven solution for both short-term and long-term human resource needs.


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