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Building Entrepreneurial Capability

Wednesday 11:20am - 11:50am, NZTech (Axios Plenary Room)

Fact: there are more jobless youth today than any other time in recent history.

Joy Business Academy (JBA) is a global community designed to re-energise the ‘Learning to Earning’ model – connecting learners with employment or funding opportunities, with the purpose to make entrepreneurs out of the remarkable people in today’s unemployed and under-employed.

Ken Brophy will show how JBA is a big, technology enabled, collaborative community where learners can find great courses that target the skills employers are looking for, gain sound support and advice from people that actually know what they’re talking about, and learners can link up to support each other.

The end game is to connect a validated and relevant population of learners with engaged employers looking to employ them or with funders looking to provide funding opportunities.

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Ken Brophy

Chief Enabler, JBA

Ken was with a NZ based consultancy for over seven years, and Managing Partner for almost five years.

He stepped down in 2015 to dedicate more of his time to – Joy Business Academy (JBA) - with his friend and now business partner James Coddington.

JBA is focused on tackling youth unemployment/ under-employment through connecting the youth to employment or funding opportunities through a globally pioneering mobile first education platform.

Ken possesses a proven ability to develop strategy, drive effective organisational design and growth, while also being able to deliver the critical initiatives that enable organisational change.

Recent projects have included large redesign and change initiatives within the Banking, Construction, Government (central and local), Media, Not for Profit, Technology, Telecommunications and Utility industries.

Ken has along standing relationship with a NZ incubator where he has been a mentor, amd frequently speaks at development programmes, while also working directly with SME organisations looking to take the next step in there growth journey.

Ken gained start-up/ growth, organisational design and change experience in in NZ, USA, Belfast and London.