Stirling Business Association and Curtin University would like to invite you to our Meet and Greet Sundowner at Stirling Business Centre so you can hear about the entrepreneurial path of three of their lecturers, why they became academics and what this means for you. The evening will include brief presentations from each of the panel, a chance for you to ask questions as well as enjoy SBA’s familiar, informal and social Sundowner style where you’ll be able to meet the panelists and mingle with our member and their guests.
The evening is proudly sponsored by City of Stirling.
Our Panel for the evening
Abel Alonso grew up in a family business, which produced, packaged and sold flowers and then spent 12 years working in the tourism/hospitality industry in Switzerland.
For the last 17 years Abel has been investigating innovation, resilience and adaptation in micro, small, medium and family businesses around the world and their perceived impact on community development.
Since 2007, Abel has worked with a wine association in Spain that includes 17 wineries, conducting and presenting research, and providing his expertise in the areas of wine marketing, wine exports, and wine tourism.
While working in Liverpool, UK (2016-2019), he has also advised micro businesses on potential opportunities for business diversification, product marketing and promotion and cash flow management.
Louis Geneste has been involved in small business for over twenty years having owned and managed a number of small and medium enterprises in the hospitality (family-owned business) and service sectors. Louis lectures and researches in entrepreneurship, innovation and small business in the School of Management at Curtin University. His research interests include small business growth and success, knowledge acquisition and innovation.
Louis’ industry-related research projects include WA Small Business Success Benchmarks and an Australia wide study on scams perpetrated against small businesses.
Ben Thomas grew up in the Margaret River region so it’s no surprise Ben's passion lies within the wine industry which he is involved with both commercially and as a researcher. His tried two entrepreneurial endeavours; founding and operating WA's first online wine marketplace, Vine Collective, between 2013-17 and more recently founding the start-up wine brand, Berserkr Wines. While The initial Vine Collective business model (retail marketplace, similar to ebay/Amazon) didn't work as planned Berserkr wines is showing more promise.
Ben completed his PhD in 2014 in wine tourism and has since continued his research focusing on topics such as the dynamics of cellar door experience, cellar door analytics and wine tourist behaviour. Ben is a teaching and research focused lecturer within the strategy and entrepreneurship discipline at the School of Management, Curtin University.
Thursday, 7 November
5pm - 7pm
45 Delawney Street, Balcatta