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Curtin student seizes Ento scholarship

Curtin Commerce student Jack Williamson is the inaugural winner of a nationally competitive scholarship from Melbourne tech company Ento.

In February, Ento announced Jack as the winner of their new scholarship, Rostering For A Happier Workplace. Jack received $1000 to support his studies at Curtin Business School, and the benefits of individual mentorship with Ento’s entrepreneurial founder.

Jack is completing his final year of a Commerce degree at Curtin, with a double major in Management and Marketing. As part of his nomination, he contributed an essay on the role of technology in human resources, which was praised by the assessors as demonstrating ‘an uncommonly complex understanding of the future of workforce management’.

“I’m interested in how a full scope of technologies – even virtual reality tools – can be integrated with the workplace to upskill workers and build human capital,” Jack says.

“At Curtin I completed a unit called Managing Change, which led me to study how labour force technologies can improve both productivity and safety in the workplace.”

Ento is a fast-growing Australian company that creates workforce management software, and in 2016, established their new scholarship to support up-and-coming thought and business leaders. Winners are selected based on academic merit, community leadership, as well as their future potential to make a significant contribution to the Australian business community.

Jack was praised as the ‘the best candidate by far’ for the 2016-17 scholarship, and already he’s benefited from discussions with Ento’s Managing Director and Founder, Aulay Macaulay.

“His startup story is inspirational, and he has great advice about backing yourself and your business ideas,” Jack says.

In August, Jack will start learning more about entrepreneurship in the global context, as a Curtin exchange student at BI Norwegian Business School.

After that, he’ll look to enrolling in his Honours degree at Curtin Business School.

“I’ve a few creative ideas for my Honours project. I’d like to explore how labour force productivity can be further improved through advances in population-density housing, and through the use of autonomous vehicles in urban areas.”

Entries for Ento’s 2017 scholarship are now open and close on July 10. For details, visit here.