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Entrepreneurs in Conversation: Limestone Coast

Entrepreneurs in Conversation: Limestone Coast
14 March 2018

Ahead of the eNVIsion Incubator, New Venture Institute is bringing the long-running Entrepreneurs in Conversation series to Mount Gambier with a selection of Limestone Coast locals that capture the essence of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Hear Louise Nobes, Dru Reschke and Ashlee Kalantarian discuss their successes, failures and top tips in navigating the startup journey.


Louise Nobes

Louise is an award winning social entrepreneur, founder and CEO with a 15 year background in social work and business. Louise is highly recognised for her ability to work with disadvantaged young people and to inspire them to create their own solutions out of poverty. To achieve this Louise created KIK, which is a brand-led company that creates jobs through co-designing business solutions with young people. Since August 2016, KIK has opened three coffee stores across Adelaide and is now expanding into other sectors.

Dru Reschke

While in his 20s, Dru began helping his father set up and manage his family vineyards, Koonara, and has since been awarded the Geoffrey Roberts Award for innovations in the wine industry and chosen for the Future Leaders Wine program. Aside from his forays into wine, Dru has started a range of other businesses across homewares, jewellery and glassware. Currently he also sits on the board of Business SA.

Ashlee Kalantarian

Ashlee founded her definitive line 'Ashlee Lauren' with the goal of offering contemporary custom hand-made couture bridal accessories, crowns, and race wear pieces built on the core philosophy of customisation for individuality. Gaining inspiration from the fusion of the natural and the mineral in the modern world, each collection embodies and exudes an ambience of grace, empowerment and allure.


The Program - eNVIsion Limestone Coast Incubator

The New Venture Institute is bringing eNVIsion Limestone Coast to life in 2018. This will enable regional business to access the tools, resources and expertise to scale and reach international markets much faster.

eNVIsion Limestone Coast will drive the startup ecosystem in the Southeast of South Australia. Centred in Mount Gambier, eNVIsion Limestone Coast is powered by Flinders’ New Venture Institute. This enables it to access the knowledge and asset base of the University and via Gig City infrastructure, creates a bridge to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, and from here, to NVI’s global network of market entry points, investment bases and incubators. Through the award winning Venture Dorm startup program, thought leadership and education, and access to research and development, eNVIsion Limestone Coast will see new ventures born global, enhance the global competitiveness of existing business and increase trade and investment opportunities in the region.

Members of eNVIsion Limestone Coast gain access to:

• Co working incubator space in Mount Gambier,
• A program of capacity building for the region through education and mentorship,
• Connection to state, national and international capabilities, knowledge, networks, R&D and equipment,
• In-house mentoring,
• Regional and global talent through international study tours and exchange,
• Access to a wide range of University resources,
• Super-fast internet,
• Online networking through the closed eNVIsion Facebook group, and
• Access to regular free events.

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