Migrant Youth Vision Project



23 February - 26 June 2017


Participant fee required

This program is hosted by MDA Ltd and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. Designed for young people (18-25 yrs) from a migrant or refugee background, the Migrant Youth Vision Project Build Your Business Program is a customised version of Edgeware’s well-known set of workshops, group meetings and mentoring support, yielding a One Page Business Plan which opens an immediate pathway to starting a business. Participants also gain a Certificate III in Microbusiness Operations (BSB30315) through our partnership with Australasian Leadership Academy (RTO 41012).

The program is offered between 23 February and 10 June, 2017, and provides a  set of microbusiness decision-making and planning tools which enable the first steps towards viable self employment, coupled with the confidence and support required to actually put a business on the ground. Edgeware’s facilitators have extensive experience working in cross-cultural contexts, including work with migrants and refugees, Indigenous Australians, youth, women, and people living with disabilities.

‘Business English’ language support is also provided for participants, including a strong component of online literacy.

For information on the program, contact Edgeware or MDA directly on 0423 004 780 or email (Carla Zafiriadis)



Michael Doneman, Ludmila Doneman, Susana Waldron, Leesa Watego

  • Michael Doneman – Principle Facilitator/Trainer, Coach (Business Planning)
  • Ludmila Doneman – Trainer, Manager/Administrator (Personal Development and Resilience)
  • Susana Waldron – Trainer, Coach (Financial Planning and Management)
  • Leesa Watego – Trainer, Coach (Marketing)


Michael Doneman  is founding director of Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship. He has a background in community cultural development which inspired work in business design, vocational education and training, and information technology. Michael was a Senior Research Fellow at QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty from 2002-2005 and is a Founding Affiliate of the ATN University network’s e-Grad School, in the field of knowledge transfer and research commercialisation. He founded the Edgeware model of ethical entrepreneurship development in 2006. He has a coaching practice focused on the value of creativity in the growth of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and leaders, and he is developing expertise in the application of Solution Focused coaching and leadership processes to the establishment, growth and enrichment of business practice. Michael is passionately committed to the idea that ethical, creative entrepreneurship can change the world. Michael holds a Certificate IV, Training and Assessment.

Education: MA, QUT – 2006; Graduate Diploma in Teaching, QUT – 1983; BA (Hons), UNSW – 1978;


Ludmila Doneman’s working life has led her from the mainstream of a rich and critical theatre tradition in Central Europe to re-establishment and training in Australia, from student and ‘laboratory’ theatre in the 70’s into her continuing concern with community development, the arts and social-cultural animation. She is passionate about working with people whose voices are often unheard – young people, women, migrants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Her Curriculum Vitae demonstrates a breadth and depth of skills and experience which continues to inspire and enliven, and to ‘quicken’ community aspirations and goals. Her work has been concerned from the beginning with a practice of empowerment, the provision of infrastructure and method which, while perhaps not always as visible as ‘product’, helps make for continuity and sustainability. This can be seen in the number of organisations she has established, which continue and thrive in the field. She also has a strong track record in administration and management of organisations and events.

Education: BA, UNSW – 1977


Originally from Argentina, Susana Waldron brings a vibrant international energy to Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship. Susana started her career as Quality Development and Training Co-ordinator for the Lend Lease Corporation, Sydney. In 2009 Susana established Blue Sky View, a finance management, administration and procedures development business. She has worked with many successful companies on the Sunshine Coast, including: Bermingham Enterprises, a publishing and distribution company; Frank & Dixon, a marketing & branding company; LJ Hooker, a large real estate firm; and many others. Susana’s extensive experience in SME and small business finance, administration and training, mixed with her passion for education, personal development and the arts, encouraged her and husband John to expand Blue Sky View to offer a range of services for the creative and innovative industries. In 2013 they launched a new product the Makeway Lab, a fablab for hospitals. Susana completed the Build Your Business program with Edgeware and has delivered this program and other presentations on cash-flow and small business finance for Edgware on many occasions. Susana holds a Certificate IV, Training and Assessment.


In business since 1994, Leesa Watego is currently Director of Iscariot Media, a small Brisbane-based media enterprise focusing on creative, online and educational projects. Previous businesses include – Blacklines Publications and Nyumba Goori Studies Consultancy with Lisa M Buxton. Working as a sessional lecturer in business at Queensland College of Art, Leesa discovered a passion for teaching and sharing about business. She is also Director of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce; a member of the emerging Queensland Chamber of E-Commerce and the Everton Park Business Club. Leesa is also an emerging speaker on business, having presented at the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Business Forum in 2010 and the Queensland Reconciliation Business event, as well as a number of presentations with Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship. Leesa has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in public policy) from Griffith University and completed the Build Your Business program with Edgeware in 2008. She tweets about business at www.twitter.com/iscariotmedia. Leesa holds a Certificate IV, Training and Assessment.

Education:  B.Commerce, Griffith – 2008



‘Build Your Business’ stems from a collaboration between and among MDA Ltd,  Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship, Australasian Leadership Academy and TAFE Queensland.

Using Edgeware’s highly accessible and flexible tools and method, participants work to compose a One Page Business Plan, and in the process attain BSB30315 Certificate III Micro Business Operations, together comprising the skills,  knowledge and support network to start their own business. Accreditation is issued by our partner Registered Training Organisaiton Australasian Leadership Academy. The workshops are catered, practical and great fun. Eligible students will be supported by English and Literacy classes provided by TAFE Queensland South West, Inala.

  • Induction: Thursday 23 February 2017
  • 5 x face-to-face sessions: Saturdays 4 and 18 March, 1, 9 and 29 April (please NOTE 9 April is SUNDAY). All these sessions are from 9.30am – 4.30pm (catering will be supplied)
  • 3 x Group Action Sessions (GAS) – to be organised by participants in suitable times
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • Workplace application
  • Self-paced eLearning
  • Final check-in day: Saturday 10 June 30am – 4.30pm

The program is offered on the basis of MDA research which indicated the value of: 

1) Aspirations based on a resilient sense of self;

  • Knowledge of what one enjoys, is good at and is inspired by
  • Wellbeing and safety

2) Capabilities including cultural competency

  • Ability to set education, training and employment goals and complete tasks to achieve those goals
  • Increased knowledge, skills and confidence to present informal and formal skills and talents and engage in workplace activities

3) Extended networks.

  • Increased peer and community networks aligned with achieving education, training and employment goals
  • Increased self agency to navigate systems and overcome barriers to participation

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