11th Talks Ep.05 Starting a Business from Humble Beginnings

Thursday, 8 Oct 202016:00 - 17:00

Be inspired by how these ex-international students overcome their challenges & work their way up to be successful business owners!

Be inspired by how these ex-international students overcome their challenges & work their way up to be successful business owners!

11th Space brings you a series of fortnightly interactive talks designed to equip international students in preparing them for their next stage in life. This event is proudly supported by our community partners, the Indonesian Student Associations (PPIA) at RMIT University, Deakin University, Swinburne University, Monash University, PPIA Victoria, Indonesian Diaspora Network Australia, Superstar Education and RMIT Student Entrepreneurship network.

This is the fifth episode of 11th Talks that will discuss about Starting a Business from Humble Beginnings. We all dream big, but starting small might be the key to entrepreneurship. Rather than letting your worries and limitations stop you from starting a business, learn how to use what you have in your hands and cultivate it into a thriving business.

The session will be moderated by Kennie Kurniawan, Marketing Manager of 11th space, with speakers Margaret Goenarto, Founder & Interior Designer of IM Home and Hansel Widjaja, Managing Director of Sanitized who will talk about their experience as ex-international students and migrants to Australia, especially how they worked tirelessly to build their businesses from virtually nothing.

We will discuss topics such as:

  • How to overcome self-doubt & worries when starting a business at a young age?
  • How can an international student start a business in Australia?
  • How do you identify opportunities for a business?
  • Tips to have a successful business in Australia as a migrant

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What do I need to join?

Make sure you are connected via Zoom from your mobile, tablet or computer from your home or anywhere you would like. Don’t forget to ensure the camera and microphone are turned on and working.

How does it work?

You can be as involved as you want.

Don’t be shy! you can ask your question directly to the speakers.

But, if you prefer to just listen, that’s totally okay!

Who is this event for?

  • University students
  • International students
  • Fresh graduates

About the speakers

Margaret Goenarto

Founder & Interior Designer of IM Home


IM HOME was created in 2013 and is a Melbourne-based full-service interior design firm that works with clients specializing in commercial and residential building. IM HOME is best known for creating homey spaces that are functional and beautiful. Their services range from renovation work, remodelling, fit out work to purely decorative.

Hansel Widjaja

Managing Director of Sanitized


Sanitized was founded in 2014 with minimal experience in the cleaning industry. They started as a small domestic cleaning company which cleaned apartments, houses, and small offices. Throughout the years, they learned the industry from many ups and downs, failures and hard work. In 2018 Sanitized shifted to a commercial cleaning company which cleans some iconic buildings in Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs until today.

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About 11th Space

We are a business hub & we actively cultivate our member’s growth through the mentorships, business consultations & events.


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