VU Hanger – International Students
The Hanger is an initiative that we started to tackle the challenge of, I guess, stimulating entrepreneurship across the students and the university as a whole. Specifically for international students, one of the challenges you have is that because you didn’t grow up in a place like in Melbourne, or in Australia, you don’t have the already established networks. So entrepreneurship does teach you a lot around, you know, resilience, and recovery, and courage. When someone says, “I’ve got an idea but I don’t know what to do with it,” is when they come to The Hanger to kind of get going. Beyond the physical co-working space, we also run Hackathons, which is a big kind of get together for a day where we network, get to meet people, play with ideas, discover new customers, and see if new businesses can rise from that. We also run what we call The Startup School. So the Startup School is, it’s a programme that we run through the semesters, both semesters during the year, where basically they can come in with an idea, or a problem or a puzzle, something they want to achieve, and during eight weeks, eight to ten weeks, we basically build a business and launch a business. My business Food Post, is basically an on demand delivery platform, where I connect university students to local restaurants, to deliver affordable quality food on campus. The Hanger helped me make the theory more practical, and make it more applied to the real business world. My advice to international students, and wannabe entrepreneurs, is stop thinking about it. Get on it. You know, come and see us, come and talk to us, it is something that I think, it’s more about doing than thinking, so go for it.