Enterprise Exchange International

Enterprise Exchange International Pty Ltd (EXI) is an international leader in specialist psychological services.

The market may now be flooded with courses in entrepreneurship.

None however have a pedagogy and curriculum informed by both scholarly psychological insights and the scope of deep engagement with the most socially and economically disregarded communities.

EXI’s suite has proven its ability to develop entrepreneurial and pre-employment skills and networks for indigenous, refugee and marginalised communities and at-risk youth.

EXI’s suite of entrepreneurship training includes 

  • Train the Trainer-Mentor
  • Entrepreneur Internship
  • Co-operative Incorporation
  • Courseware.

EXI courses were designed to meet the needs of those:

  • whose talents ‘do not fit’ within traditional education, training and employment confines and limitations
  • and those who champion them

In as little as 12 weeks, entrepreneur-interns develop a minimum viable product, a business canvas with bespoke, embedded support networks.

Here’s what a leading South Australian Education department customer has to say…

“In 2007-09 it was my very great pleasure to be introduced to and work with the Entrepreneurship courses developed by Louise Earnshaw. Working as a curriculum consultant in the Education Department in South Australia, I was on the lookout for structured learning experiences that could be used with particular cohorts of senior secondary school students to assist them to develop their ‘enterprise skills’ and to expose them to entrepreneurism.  (At the time ‘enterprise skills’ were thought of as particular generic skills akin to the Mayer Key Competencies of the late 1990s-early 2000s and the ‘employability skills’ promoted by the Business Council of Australia and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).  


In looking at EXI’s Certificate II in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills, or EE2 for short, we realized we were dealing with a course that involves students in learning skills, competencies, understandings and attributes that equip them to be innovative and to identify, create, initiate and successfully manage personal, community, business and work opportunities, including working for themselves.  We also realised that the course could readily be delivered almost by any school teacher following some training and development.


We engaged a consultant to work with us and with Louise to develop a professional learning program for school teachers that would achieve three things:

·       increase their knowledge about generic skills, assessment issues, and how the skills are valued in diverse situations

·       enthuse them about the importance of students developing deeper understandings of their own generic skills, and being able to confidently articulate them to a third party (including in an interview, such as but not restricted to a job interview)

·       credential them with the Certificate II itself and, using a train the trainer model, train them to deliver the course to students.


Following the successful completion of the professional learning program with a group of about fifteen teachers from a diverse range of secondary schools, a number of participating schools set about implementing EE2.  They found that delivering EE2 is not resource intensive and is within the scope of what classroom teachers and schools are able to deliver.  They found that EE2 works best when the delivery mode is flexible, despite this presenting some challenges to school timetables.


The results were sometimes remarkable.  Some students who had experienced minimal success in the past started re-engaging with formal learning. Each student was continually encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, including forward planning and evaluation, all from a starting point that truly recognised their own specific interests and passions.  The culmination of EE2 is a ‘show and tell’ by students in the form of an ‘elevator pitch’ to an unfamiliar audience.  In many instances students demonstrated new-found (awakened?) confidence and were able to reveal an insight into the skills they possessed.


We found that EE2 was particularly successful with students who struggled to remain fully engaged with mainstream education for whatever reason.  However, we found it is also relevant to any student wishing to gain entrepreneurial skills, and is unlike most other ‘business management’ senior secondary courses.


In EE2, Louise Earnshaw has developed a vocational education course that assists schools to guide students in acquiring many of the capabilities that are at the heart of modern curriculum and 21st century life and work.  EXI’s Certificate II in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills, and the other higher-level courses, has the potential to connect young people with learning and other opportunities that are beyond the school gate.”


Kym Clayton

6 September 2020

Entrepreneur Interns

Those who have been excluded from full economic participation, and those whose needs are not met by traditional education, employment and training are invited, together with their communities, to embark on the transformational, experiential, new-business creation adventure. 

The Trainer-Mentors

EXI unites established entrepreneurs, business owners, industry specialists and government and community agencies to create the holding space, support base & sideline barrackers for the Entrepreneur-Interns. 

The EXI Entrepreneurship Suite

The suite is built upon the multi-award winning methodology and pedagogy. World first PhD research into the ‘similarities between entrepreneurs and at-risk youth’ is the intelligence that drives EXI, which has proven its success across Australia and overseas to unleash unrecognised entrepreneurial potential.

The previously accredited Certificates II, III, IV and Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills form the competency-based curriculum.

Courseware includes

Competency* frameworks

Competency* frameworks to develop Entrepreneurial and Enterprise Skills

Trainer Guides

Trainer guides and manuals

Student Materials

Student guides and workbooks

Assessment Guidelines

Tailored to your needs

In as little as 12 weeks Entrepreneur-Interns develop their minimum viable product, a business canvas and their own dedicated network of support.

Train the Trainer-Mentor

The purpose of Train the Trainer-Mentor is twofold:

  • to recognise and nurture inherent strengths, talents and resilience
  • to live the entrepreneurial journey themselves


Trainer-mentors create their own micro-enterprise, which they may or may not choose to continue with the training has been completed.

Trainers become personally and professionally equipped to launch Entrepreneur-Interns  on their new-venture creation adventure.

Additional Services

  • Consulting services for enhancing entrepreneurial engagement
  • Recruitment, selection and employer support services


Prior to the 2020 pandemic, EXI’s delivery model was FIFO (fly-in fly-out).

Whilst this may still be possible, subject to government and health advice, courses can be delivered online

Some of our amazing clients

EXI lead the Enterprise Education agenda from 2005 with the generous support from Commonwealth, State and local governments, visionary corporates and companies seeking enterprising and entrepreneurial talent