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Author: Sayem Hossain

Early in 2015, when the whole Bangladesh went almost into a standstill state, due to deadly political tussle causing nationwide ‘blockade’, I flew to Bangladesh from Australia with to accomplish a mission which almost seemed ‘impossible’- to complete the field work of my PhD degree. I must acknowledge that, I was never a fan of research and the journey to PhD was almost a serendipitous one. As such, undertaking the field work amid of all the chaos was far from an enjoying trip, at least at the beginning! The topic of my PhD was related with social entrepreneurship, which I chose after tremendously being

The Australian tourism has remained a booming industry with a record-breaking growth contributing $107 billion to the Australian economy in 2014-15.  Both international and domestic tourists’ expenditure fed into that strong record, which is a direct 2.7 per cent industrial contribution to national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), accounts for 8.2 per cent of national exports and 4.6 per cent of total jobs. Tourism’s Gross Value Added (GVA) remained greater than the GVA earned from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries industry. In 2013-14, direct tourism GVA increased 3.4 per cent (or $1.3 billion) to $39.9 billion. The major players in this exponential growth remained: Education

A popular debate that still exists – whether entrepreneurs are born or made. It is well-accepted that a lot of the characteristics to become an entrepreneur can be learnt. Given with the recent hype towards entrepreneurial sector, many schools around the globe are spearheading with entrepreneurship courses tailored to specific sectors. Social entrepreneurship courses are among the top of the priority list in many of the world’s top ranked universities. Here we have picked up the top 5 universities in the world which are offering social entrepreneurship and related programs - 1. The University of Oxford With its legacy since 1096, The University of Oxford is

A successful business is all about finding the right product-market fit, effective leadership and well-crafted strategy. To craft the most effective strategy, it first, important to understand the key relationships among the various aspects of the business so that an entrepreneur can visualise the whole business as a model which is precise and easy to understand. Rather than writing pile of papers containing a business plan, which is not only tedious but redundant at some stage, it is far more effective to plot a Business Model Canvas as the modern strategist and experts believe. Perhaps the most widely used tool has recently gained popularity

The Hotel School Sydney is hosting an information session on a very exciting competition ‘Protégé’ which is organised by Microsoft Australia. Here is a brief outline on Protégé -   What is Protégé? Protégé is an annual case competition run by Microsoft Australia. The competition offers students an opportunity to gain real world experience, expand their network and tackle a real-world challenge. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. Protégé allows students to engage with Microsoft’s mission with a fresh and creative perspective. Entry is open to undergraduate university and TAFE students who are currently enrolled in an Australian

The Australian tourism has remained a booming industry with a record breaking growth contributing $107 billion to the Australian economy in 2014-15.  Both international and domestic tourists’ expenditure fed into that strong record, which is a direct 2.7 per cent industrial contribution to national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), accounts for 8.2 per cent of national exports and 4.6 per cent of total jobs. Tourism’s Gross Value Added (GVA) remained greater than the GVA earned from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries industry. In 2013-14, direct tourism GVA increased 3.4 per cent (or $1.3 billion) to $39.9 billion. The major players in this exponential growth remained:

HotCubator took a small step to inspire the entrepreneurial minds of The Hotel School and provide them as little support as possible. Our humble beginning gathered a group of driven and self-motivated members who finally started to take big leaps! In a recent ceremony held at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus, the university recognised the outstanding achievement of several students into many different areas including – leadership, entrepreneurial initiatives, engagement. We are so proud to share that Uma Panchapakesan the founder of i.BeyondBliss won the ‘Entrepreneur’ award and received the certificate of recognition from the honourable Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Professor Adam

HotCubator recently celebrated the launching ceremony of i.BeyondBliss, the first startup that HotCubator supported from ideation to commercialisation. The wonderful session took place at The Hotel School Sydney campus and was chaired by two guest speakers with versatile experience from the industry. Syed Ahmed, Head of Digital Products and Operations, Bupa (AUS & NZ) who is also popularly known for his role as a startup mentor and judge in startup competitions. The other guest speaker was Bhavin Bagadia, Key Account Manager of Google, Australia who brings years of global experience of business development across various industries. In front of a sizable audience consisting of The Hotel

If you think that the road to success is very difficult and only 'lucky-few' can get there, you are wrong. The actual story behind the triumph barely gets noticed. Success is a combination of merely simple steps rather than serendipitous moments. Here are 5 of those simple steps which can help to write your own success story. 1. Set objectives Set realistic goals and objectives for your life. Use the 'SMART' model (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound). Think big - sky is your limit. 2. Know thyself It is very important to know yourself well, so that you know how can you bring the best out of yourself. Use SWOT model

Consistent with its motto to inspire students, HotCubator started a workshop series called ‘Inspiration hub’ which aims to invite entrepreneurs, leaders and social change makers to share their passionate stories to students. The goal was twofold- first, creating networking opportunities with such 'icons' who are at the forefront of the industry. And more importantly, distilling inspiration from the intriguing stories, treacherous journeys and the successes that the speakers had in their lives. The first session kicked off with a very widely acclaimed, prominent entrepreneur - Steve Hui who is the CEO of iflyflat, a travel focused startup venture. The business model of iflyflat is