ProFound Neurodiversity Accelerator launched

Startup News

Monday, 16 December 2019

A world first "Neurodiversity Accelerator" - ProFound - has been launched in Perth to support neurodiverse entrepreneurs.

With strong corporate sponsorship support as well as an X-TEND WA state grant, a new accelerator program has been launched – ‘Profound‘ – which looks to support neurodiverse start-up and tech entrepreneurs.

An initiative from Apps People, AASQA (Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance) and the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program, Profound is a world-first program, according to its organisers.

For Dr Carolyn Williams, CEO of CERI, boot camps will enable and empower the ProFound cohort to explore what’s possible.

“As Gary Schoeniger – co-author of ‘Who Owns the Ice House?’ said: Anyone can be an entrepreneur and it doesn’t always have to be a lonely solitary journey,” said Carolyn.

Dr Carolyn Williams, CERI CEO

Stuart Kidd (left) with Wrays CEO Rob Pierce and Profound co-founder Johnny Doan

“This book provides the core teachings of our first education module, ‘Entrepreneurial Mindset Boot Camp’, at CERI. We are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and company founders on their business journey and as such we are looking forward to working with ProFound Incubator participants to enable their ventures and help them be the best they can be,” she said.

Ultimately, the program aims to focus on the strengths, talents and ambitions of the participants allowing them to gain knowledge and skills which will propel their careers in the startup and tech industry, with the opportunity to lead their own businesses as entrepreneurs in the future.

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