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The world is changing fast. The employment landscape is in flux. Yesterday’s skills and traditional education systems won’t cut it for tomorrow. We need changemakers and job creators who can think, act and follow beyond the now – the skills that come hand-in-hand with young entrepreneurial spirits: creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication. It takes a global village to fast track a young changemaker. Are you ready to help shape the future with us?

Why it matters?

31.5%

The number of young Australians unemployed or underemployed is at a 40 year high.

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1.6M

The number of new jobs added to the Australian economy by startups between 2003 and 2014

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55%

Number of employers think there is a skills gap in the next generation

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Upstart Impact

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1163 students have developed entrepreneurial skills
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2180 people joined our workshops and event network
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73 Industry mentors and partners

What we do

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Our flagship entrepreneurial ideas challenge and mentoring program for secondary school students. This program encourages and inspires all students to have a go, discover their inner changemaker and win some cash.

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An innovative range of programs and resources for education professionals, teaching staff and youth leaders, to take entrepreneurship into the classroom and beyond. Take the first step on your journey by clicking here.

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A range of fun and immersive indoor and outdoor action packed entrepreneurial and leadership bootcamps suitable for changemakers of all ages.

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A two day hands on intensive for getting your business started. Learn invaluable skills and connect with experienced mentors. Find or develop your idea and launch your business.

Who we are

“Our young entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our future economy and will drive the jobs of the future. It is critical to teach them the skills they will need in an increasingly global scale. Upstart sets the bar in this area.”

Nick Stanley, CEO, founder, investor, startup addict

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“The Upstart team are passionate, driven and true collaborators. They pull together a unique and diverse network of industry leaders, educators, young people and the community; all connected by the common drive to shape the future for the benefit of everyone. And I’m delighted to be part of this team.”

Jason Clarke, Mindworker

News & Events

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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

Lots of ideas have been submitted! Come along to the Big Idea Awards to find out who the finalists are http://ow.ly/wLwx50hHJCd it's free and we have snacks!

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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

Time's running out, midnight tonight the competition closes! Have you submitted your idea?

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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

Guys the competition closes at midnight tonight!!! Have you submitted your idea? http://ow.ly/bxeJ50hEjH3 submit now and you could win a share of the $20,000 prize pool!

#entrepreneur #student #geelong #business #upstart #startup #challenge #win #entrepreneurlife #lastchance #changetheworld #human #idea #create #innovate #brilliant #stars #dream #happy
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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

2016 Smarter Tech winners Emergency Local pitching at Pivot Summit, this could be you! Have you submitted your idea? http://ow.ly/Qe4c50hBl8U you've got until the 11th of June to get your idea in!

#pivotsummit #entrepreneur #student #geelong #innovate #idea #business #local #create #startup #upstartchallenge #changetheworld
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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

We've extended the closing date until the 11th of June! Submit your idea http://ow.ly/GLAs50hAK9g and you'll go in the running to win a share of the $20,000 prize pool.

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