Two small businesses which have developed through the NEIS program at RMIT University have won national awards.
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program is a federally funded initiative through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), which helps unemployed people establish and successfully run their own small business.
Simon Joslin, Thomas Killen and Matt Clark from The Voxel Agents won the National NEIS Association "Best New Business Award".
Voxel is a game developer for the iPhone, iPad, and Android and Windows phones. The business was named designer of the iPhone Game of the Year in 2009.
Olivia Anderson from Hear for You won the "AAMI NEIS Change Award".
Ms Anderson is hearing impaired and has set up a business which helps deaf people aged 11-18 to integrate more effectively into the hearing world.
Anthony Hasell from The Cat Motel was a finalist in the Best Growth Business category.
The awards were presented at the National Small Business Development Conference in Cairns by Gerard McDermott, Executive General Manager of Suncorp. AAMI (part of Suncorp group) is the awards sponsor.
The Director NEIS, DEEWR Canberra, John Currall, was also present.
Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, said the University had been delivering the program under contract to DEEWR since 1998.
"In that time, RMIT has helped in the establishment of more than 2,000 new small businesses - more than 80 per cent of which were operating successfully after 15 months," Professor Palmer said.
Pamela Hanney, Manager of the RMIT NEIS program, said the NEIS program helped participants by:
- guiding them through undertaking preliminary research of their business idea;
- providing structured training leading to a Certificate IV in Small Business Management;
- supporting with the development of a comprehensive business plan; and
- providing business mentors and support throughout the first 12 months of business operation.
Olivia Andersen from Hear for You.
John Currall (Director NEIS, DEEWR Canberra) and Pamela Hanney (RMIT NEIS program).
Source: RMIT University http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=yzo3bk4bzi8y;STATUS=A