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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

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Upstart Challenge
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Upstart Challenge

Congratulations to every team that competed last night in the Upstart Challenge Pitching Showdown! It was a huge success and we're so glad so many of our supporters came along for the event. The winning team was CGM Buddy - Josh McDonald and Shakaya Thomas Year 9 students from Lara Secondary College well done! The Runner-Up plus People's Choice award winners were Tydi Pocket - Yannah Kanellos and Zara Madden Year 9 students from Sacred Heart College, Geelong go, girls! However, all who competed are entrepreneurial stars! A huge thanks to our amazing judges Philippa Bakes Barwon South West Waste & Resource Recovery Group, Georgia McDonald Wade Institute, Nick Stanley Runway, and MC Jason Clarke. However, none of this would be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors The Gordon #skillingthebay City of Greater Geelong St Joseph's College Geelong Foundation, Deakin University Runway Enterprise Monkey Pam Hutchinson Photography Geelong Lions Breakfast Club, Geelong Chamber of Commerce Geelong Manufacturing Council FormFlow Christian College, Geelong Foundation, Duxtel Pty Ltd iRespectOnline Centrum Accountants plus our event sponsor DIF Victoria nor our awesome mentors! #upstartpitch ... See MoreSee Less

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Upstart Challenge
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Upstart Challenge

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Upstart Challenge

Last Friday Jen and Nick had a great day at the fantastic new Ballarat Tech School, with Year 10 students from Ballarat High School. It was a really productive session, lots of problem identification, ideas generation, creativity, teamwork and design thinking. We really looking forward to launching the Upstart Challenge in Ballarat soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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