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Bringing bright sparks from China and Australia together

4 May 2015

CAMP co-founders Andrea Myles and Rachel Walters with Westpac Delegates Vincent Cheng and Annie Shu celebrating the launch of the partnership.


In February 2015, Westpac announced a partnership with the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) to bring together 200 young innovators from across China and Australia to connect, forge strong bilateral business ties and tackle challenges common to both countries, including global talent and digital disruption.


“CAMP will bring together some of the brightest young minds from China and Australia into a number of Thinktanks to form a collaborative bilateral hothouse for creative solutions to universal problems,” CAMP founder Andrea Myles said.


Westpac’s Digital Disruption Thinktank will help to kick-start game-changing new digital products that may have bilateral applications and markets, while its Global Talent ThinkTank will explore new ways to support and leverage multicultural, multinational teams.


Participants will gain great practical skills by developing and implementing an idea from concept through to reality. At the end of the program, as part of an intensive Summit, participants will have the chance to pitch their ideas directly to Westpac for capital investment as well as venture capitalists in front of a public audience.


In addition, the young leaders will benefit from cross-cultural awareness training and form valuable networks with their international peers, delivering long-term career benefits as Australia takes part in the Asian Century.


Damien MacRae, General Manager Westpac Premium Banking, who joins CAMP’s advisory board, said he looks forward to the young leaders creating a blueprint for bilateral relations and forming strong bonds to drive change.


“Innovation is the engine of growth and is vital for sustained performance in a rapidly changing, digital economy. We are looking for delegates to  stretch their creative problem solving and innovation skills to develop solutions in collaboration with industry to real world problems with a real world market.”