Insight Academy

About Us

What is INSIGHT?

Savvy students around the world are searching for a more practical approach to enter the business world rather than the tradition theory textbook/classroom pathway. Insight Academy has answered this call by tailor making its own innovating hands on practical training. A unique delivery model that challenges future innovators to develop their own business ideas into real world projects as a core part of their course.  This unique ‘incubator’ approach occurs within a dynamic multi-layered supportive learning environment. Students are first coached, mentored and then stimulated with an endless array of industry expert guest speakers and a series of executive Masterclasses. Insight Academy is fast becoming known as one of Melbourne’s most vibrant business development hubs attracting both aspiring as well as experienced entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs.

Why our Education

Is Different

Traditional

  • Not personalized
  • Done for a mass market
  • One-sided communication
  • Traditional content
  • Not industry current trainers
  • Classroom-based teaching

Insight

  • Development training
  • In-house networking events
  • Customised and industry-current learning materials
  • Entrepreneurial start-up programmes
  • Holistic approach
  • Personal and professional development
  • Creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving development
  • Social skills development
  • Guest speakers and access to successful entrepreneurs
  • Online learning materials

WHAT IS ?


ENTREPRENEUR

Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity

INTRAPRENEUR

A manager within a company who promotes innovative product development and marketing

Staff

Know our coaches and team

Meet the talented entrepreneurs, administrators, coaches and mentors ready to guide you on your learning journey

Chinmay Ananda

Mentor

Chinmay Ananda

Mentor

Chinmay is the proud owner of six failed businesses. He’s proud to have failed so many times as it prompted him to find out the reasons why.
He is known for his research on hundreds of failed businesses to discover ‘Two Common Finance Mistakes made in Business’ which he has presented to the Australian Taxation Office, Certified Practising Accountants (CPA), Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Business Schools, and various Industry Associations and Councils.
Over the past five years, Chinmay has trained and consulted 700 business owners and non-financial managers in corporate, government and family businesses.
Chinmay’s Book “FUNdamentals of Financial Statements” is Amazon’s Best Seller. Written by a non-accountant, the content in this book has been researched, tested and presented over five years to make the subject of business finance FUN to learn!

Nicholas Dimit

Coach

Nicholas Dimit

Coach

Nicholas is a professional coach/mentor who has been a Learning and Development consultant in the workplace for ten plus years. I love and am passionate in what I do and believe that my energy is applied and transpired best in a classroom environment/landscape. I have spent quality time seeking self-awareness to learn the art of Emotional Intelligence and Maturity in order to connect to oneness and apply that philosophy/attitude into everything I do. My soul purpose is to be COLLABORATIVE and I apply that in Leadership and Management landscapes, hence roles I undertake. I have developed and written 5As The Backbone To Business collaboratively with a friend. From experience, when starting up or running a successful business Attitude, Ability, Affiliation, Advancement and Acknowledgement are the key elements, which frame and see to the success of that business. And I will bring the power of that model/methodology/philosophy into my teachings and share them with Insight Academy and the students alike.

Sarah Gale

Coach and Mentor

Sarah Gale

Coach and Mentor

Over three decades, I have enjoyed navigating the changing landscape of Australian retail. I have held several senior executive positions including general manager and vice president. I know how to create and lead a winning team and guide a business through change and toward success. I currently sit on a board of directors.
With sharp business acumen and a love for the people side of business, I value collaboration as both a coach and a consultant. My wealth of experience gives me the intuitive ability to recognise and ignite the spark that moves people toward excellence and businesses toward targeted growth.
I enjoy identifying, developing and empowering leaders. As a coach, I believe that giving people insight into their own leadership strengths and the ability to recognise talent within their existing team can lead a business to success.

Andrew Gung

Mentor

Andrew Gung

Mentor

I am 33 years of age, Chinese born Australian,
Running my own international business with coaching, training and distribution for the last 7 to 8 years.
I have worked with many communities around the world including Colombians, Philippines, and Australians.
Personally for me, public speaking was one of my weaknesses greatest weaknesses. Within four months, I turned it around – now becoming one of my strengths.
Empowering, engaging and entertaining a large audience is something I love doing, as well as mentoring entrepreneurs to develop their full inner potential in life and in business – teaching them the skill sets and the knowledge that I have acquired myself to becoming a successful international entrepreneur.

Federico Re

Mentor

Federico Re

Mentor

For two decades, Federico has built his reputation as an entrepreneurship coach, mentor, motivational speaker, journalist, and business writer across the Australian business sectors.He is the founder of a niche coaching practice (www.creativeentrepreneur.com.au), tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, SME business owners, CEO’s, and world-class business leaders.Federico’s journey is inspirational, one where an enduring passion blossomed into an entrepreneurial adventure. In 1997, at only 22 years of age, Federico co-founded his first business venture – a designer stationery and giftware company which defied the sceptics. His business achieved the unthinkable, delivering and sustaining revenue growth of more than 50% per annum over 10 consecutive years, reaching retail sales of more than $10 million per year, throughout Australia and New Zealand. Federico was trained at the ‘Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’ in South Africa, and is featured on a number of high profile magazines around the world, in connection with subjects relating to entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, technology, consumer trends, education, and organisational culture. He is the founder and host of InspireTalk (www.inspiretalk.net), a digital broadcasting channel that has enabled him to interview serial entrepreneurs, TV personalities, and other distinguished guests, with a legacy of sharing their ‘voice of influence’ to inspire and educate the entrepreneurial community across the globe.

Ilona Way

Senior Coach

Ilona Way

Senior Coach and Mentor

Ilona Way has over thirty years of business experience in sales, marketing and business development. Throughout her corporate life, Ilona’s experiences have provided her solid business skills and acumen, plus the ability to mentor, motivate, train and empower people.
Ilona has gained expertise by working with major multi-national organisations, small family-owned businesses and companies of every size in between. She has garnered practical experience within a variety of industries, including sports, fast-moving consumer goods, medical and service arenas. This enables Ilona to “bring big-business thinking to small business.”
Since establishing Focus Plus Consulting, Ilona Way has helped over 300 businesses to grow, develop and advance their market potential. Ilona has taken on the challenge of rebuilding Murphy’s Paw, a retail and dog grooming business that she purchased four years ago.
She attributes her success to hard work and perseverance, hands-on learning and not being afraid to make mistakes.

Marine Lefebvre

Admissions and Student Services

Marine Lefebvre

Admissions and Student Services

Marine is the student’s main point of call, she is a polyglot graduate with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with several years of HR consulting and project management experience she is the ‘calm wisdom’ that holds Insight Academy together in a distinctly elegant French style.

Jack Smith

Brand Designer

Jack Smith

Brand Designer

With degrees in both marketing and communication design, Jack came on board as the resident designer to build the academy’s identity and carry the brand forward by producing our funky content. Alongside his “make my logo bigger” work at Insight Academy, he also undertakes freelance design work with his personal consultancy Partyfrog Designs while listening to death metal tunes on his headphones.

Jose Alonso

CEO / Founder

Jose Alonso

CEO / Founder

Street smarts have been the foundation of Jose’s education. Travelling the world since the age of 17, he has developed his network of relations spanning over 50 countries and 1000’s of individuals across numerous professions. Jose’s passion and his persistence to achieve high-end, world-wide sales across the global education sector quickly increased the demand for his services. Today, Jose is no longer the newly-arrived migrant with $300 in his pocket, but a savvy business entrepreneur launching one of Australia’s most innovative entrepreneur development academies. Jose is not a believer that education is about study, but rather the practical application of human instinct.

Marcela Tirado

Operations and Finance Manager

Marcela Tirado

Operations and Finance Manager

Marcela’s industry experience includes Commercial Banks, Insurance Brokering, Financial Company services and Hospitality and Funds Managements. With degrees in Finance & International Commerce as well as Masters in Accounting and in Business Administration qualifies her as our powerful in-house wizard of Operations and Finance guarding Insight from the forces of evil.

Omar Franco

Academic Director

Omar Franco

Academic Director

Senior Digital Innovator with over 20 years of experience designing and developing award winning digital media/eLearning solutions for blue-chip clients including; BHP Billiton, Price WaterHouse Coopers, QLD Ambulance, Coca-Cola, Queensland Rural Operations, Department of Defence, Qld Fire And Rescue Service, Gold Coast Hospital, CSIRO, QANTAS, Mount Isa and Melbourne Airports to name a few. Over 10 years of academic experience, with the following posts: Principal at Institute for Design (Brisbane) and Senior Lecturer at: Design College (Brisbane); University of Lincoln (UK), Art Intelligence and recently Swinburne University. Earning the nick-names of ‘Digital Sensei’ and ‘Wise Obee-won’ from his many students.

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