World-First Games Business Incubator Program and Scholarships

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The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is launching the world's first games business incubator program designed to help graduates create their own independent game businesses and commercialise their innovative digital media content.

AIE students and teachers testing their games

This is a world-first initiative that is well placed to provide real employment

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is launching the world's first games business incubator program designed to help graduates create their own independent game businesses and commercialise their innovative digital media content.

The new line up of initiatives consists of a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, three Business Incubator Centres (in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra), a $4,000 Games Conference Scholarship and a $6,000 Business Development Scholarship all aimed at harnessing innovation and new business growth in the game development industry.

The Incubator Program was launched by AIE’s CEO, Vicki De Margheriti, who spoke about AIE's not for profit charter to provide opportunities to it's graduates and the need to focus just as much on job creation as job training.

"The AIE was the first educator in Australia to offer nationally accredited courses for the interactive entertainment industry. This is a world-first initiative that is well placed to provide real employment" the AIE CEO said.

Under the 12 month Incubator Program, successful applicants will be provided with the necessary equipment, software, and serviced office accommodation (including internet and basic reception services), that a typical start-up company would benefit from having. The new courses will focus on teaching the skills needed to establish a small business developing and commercialising independent games and simulations for mobile devices, consoles and computers. Graduates will be focused on establishing and building out their business, and will be provided intense mentoring by industry practitioners, consultants and teachers.

"As a successful entrepreneur I know the level of dedication and seed capital needed to bring forth a good idea to market." said Mr. John De Margheriti, Chairman of the AIE.

Mr De Margheriti went on to say that "We don't expect all the ideas and ventures to succeed, but we do expect to become a future powerhouse of innovation and job creation in Australia. The AIE and its investor benefactors are putting their money behind AIE’s graduates, and the wealth and IP created staying with the graduates. "

Enrolments for Stage 1 of the Incubator Program are now open and interested persons are encouraged to attend an Information session at each AIE Campus from 6 - 7pm, Thursday 13th October 2011, or find out more online at http://www.AIEincubator.com

About AIE: The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia's most awarded educator for the 3D animation, game development and visual effects industries. AIE courses are practical, 100% relevant and delivered by industry-experienced teachers in a seriously fun and creatively demanding studio environment. For more information visit http://www.aie.edu.au

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