SEVENmile is a social enterprise, a not-for-profit, supporting our community in launching new enterprises, focusing on women and men who want to design their future, young adults (16-25 years), diversity and over 50s. We were founded in Manly on Sydney's northern beaches in late 2018.
Our vision is to bring social and economic resilience to the regions we serve by educating and up-skilling the community with a focus on the creation of new enterprises.
We serve a broad demographic from around 16 years to 70+ years.
One of the most pernicious myths in innovation is that it is fundamentally a challenge of creativity. If we can only help our people be more creative, then the innovation will flow. Framed this way, innovation becomes an attribute. It becomes something innate and phenomenological. We can only set the right conditions (cue the loft space, denim and other ritual objects) and hope it happens. This is when we start calling for that “culture” of innovation.
Instead, if we frame innovation as a challenge of discipline—of learning to use the right methods, tools and approaches at the right times—then we quickly focus on very different imperatives.
Founder, Greg Twemlow, explains why the Not-For-Profit SEVENmile Manly Venture Lab exists, who we will serve in our northern beaches region of Sydney, Australia and our vision to expand throughout Australia.