About-EXI

Enterprise Exchange International (EXI) was founded in 2004 by Louise Earnshaw as the developer and owner of accredited courses, courseware and training services in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills.

Whilst the services were located largely in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the methodology was a powerful psychological intervention.

EXI was established as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver Certificates and a Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills across Australia in partnership with schools, TAFEs and community organisations. EXI's courses taught students how to turn a hobby or passion into money and were recognised as successfully engaging marginalised youth, people and communities in sustainable earning, learning and cultural preservation.

All of EXI methodologies are based on empirical research having been developed from the founder's PhD study in the Similarities between successful entrepreneurs and at-risk youth. In 2005, they were the only accredited entrepreneurship courses in the Australian VET sector.

In addition to therapeutic services, EXI's products included courses, courseware, train-the-trainer training, professional development and corporate mentoring.

Chutzpah Factory College of Entrepreneurship Inc

EXI was the sister organisation to the Chutzpah Factory College of Entrepreneurship Inc (Chutzpah Inc.). At the time of founding EXI, Earnshaw also established Chutzpah Inc. as a tax-deductible charity and RTO to work exclusively with high-risk indigenous and non-indigenous youth.

The word "chutzpah" is Yiddish for cheek, audacity, guts and gall, in other words, an entrepreneur!

In March 2002 Earnshaw introduced her methodology to the public as training workshops in youth entrepreneurship development, and since then has completed

  • Workshop tours in seven countries working with in excess of 11,000 participants resulting in skilling high-risk youth to launch micro-enterprise
  • Trialing the Certificates in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills in five Australian states
  • Launching three Australian Chutzpah Inc. sites including two Indigenous sites in the WA Goldfields and Western Desert
  • Supporting hundreds of high-risk indigenous and non-indigenous youth to create micro-enterprises, leading to employment, education and training, work placements, traineeships and apprenticeships
  • Identifying a number of micro-enterprise projects for the purpose of cultural preservation in the Indian Himalayas
  • Consultancies to assist with the psychosocial and economic rebuild in post-tsunami southern Sri Lanka
  • Extensive acclamatory print, television and radio reports about the efficacy of microenterprise development in marginalised youth, in

Australia, NZ and Denmark including features on ABC TV Catalyst, the 7.30 Report.

Earnshaw was the winner of a number of prestigious awards including

  • 2007: The Endeavour Executive Award to work with remote Himalayan-desert Villagers on the Indo/Tibetan border
  • 2004: Queensland Government's Smart Women Smart State Award
  • 2004: UniQuest Trailblazer Award: Student Category
  • 2003: UQ Research Travel Award to visit Wall St New York and Denmark
  • o Finalist: UQ Business School's Enterprize Competition 2004
  • Consultancies to assist with the psychosocial and economic rebuild in post-tsunami southern Sri Lanka
  • Extensive acclamatory print, television and radio reports about the efficacy of microenterprise development in marginalised youth, in

In 2009 Earnshaw lived in the WA Pilbara and established a remote mental health service for the mining community and the Martu people – the traditional owners of the Western Desert.

In December 2010 she took a Psychologist position in the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre, where she developed six new interventions to work with detainees suffering as a result of prolonged mandatory detention.

One such group was the world's first chapter of Refugees Anonymous. See

http://www.focushealth.com.au/events/Speakers/louiseearnshaw