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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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4 days ago

Upstart Challenge

Great day yesterday kicking off the Ballarat Upstart Challenge with students from Mt. Clear College. A huge thanks to our amazing Ballarat mentors Eric Holm @feduniaustralia Nicole Ashby @highprofitmedia Stephen Deutsch and Dannielle James @pipeprodrilling - much appreciated!

#ballarat #entrepreneurship #kids #students #innovative #businesses #challenge #world #startup #regional #accelerator #program #ecosystem @ Flecknoe Building
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3 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

Check out Josh and Shakaya of CGM Buddy (Upstart Challenge Geelong 2018 winner) pitching at the Wade Institute Showcase Pitch Night!

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Showcase Pitch Night 2018
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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

Great fun today kicking off the Upstart Challenge Ballarat. Some fantastic ideas generated by Mount Clear students! Thanks to mentors Lucy and Stephen. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

We’re delighted to present the Young Entrepreneur Award tonight at City of Ballarat Youth Awards 2018! Well done to all nominees and winner Sarah-Jane Sloane!
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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

We're excited for this Friday, why? It's the Ballarat Youth Awards with @cityofballarat we're sponsoring the Young Entrepreneur Award and are very keen for the night! ... See MoreSee Less

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