Peopleplan CEO, Gerard Manion, has been announced as the latest Edugrowth mentor.

Edugrowth is an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting Education Technology (edtech). The six founding members -Navitas, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Charles Sturt University and Griffith University – along with those who have joined since (both individuals, private sector businesses and government) believe Australia has the expertise and ambition to become a world leader in the business of education.

Edugrowth serves as the focal point for the Australia edtech community and is the centre-piece of what everyone in the sector hopes will become a national network for advocating edtech.

The organisation has been up and running for a year and has already highlighted a number of future stars in the Aussie edtech sector via its accelerator program. The full-time accelerator is the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated to developing start-ups in the education sector. It’s a six month program offering unique access to mentors and investors and includes an investment of $50,000 for a minority Edugrowth shareholding (6 per cent).

“With Gerard’s background he will be an invaluable resource for our start-up businesses, especially those involved in our accelerator program. He will be heavily involved in assisting with business strategy and business development,” explains Ben Cochrane, Edugrowth Startup Program Manager.

“Gerard has already proven to be a valuable member of the start-up mentors group at EduGrowth.”

Manion is a pioneer of on-line learning in Australia, introducing e-learning to the retail sector in the late 90’s when businesses were still just learning about the power of the internet. Since then he has built a number of successful HR consulting and training businesses boasting clients such as McDonalds, Toyota and Super Retail Group.

Since he joined the mentor group he has attended a number of events with the accelerator businesses including two pitch sessions which included a Q&A component to help them cement their functionality and fine-tune their key messaging. Later this month, he will host a sales & marketing masterclass with these businesses to help them prepare to ‘go to market’ with their offer.

“I’m very pleased to have been asked to serve as a mentor,” says Manion.

“These are very exciting times for our industry in what has quickly become a borderless world for education based applications and content.

“The growth in the market is quiet phenomenal and now, with the innovation across the start-ups I am seeing, it’s evident there’s no limit to how this industry will exponentially flourish.

“The learning and development industry has been very good to me and its energising to see such innovation happening here in Australia.

“I’m very pleased to be able to help other entrepreneurs get their foothold in the sector and provide them with as much understanding of what it takes to be highly successful and avoid the pitfalls.”

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