2020 Upstart Challenge Hub
Key Program Dates
23rd October – Class ProPitch submissions
26th October – Let the judging commence! The Upstart Judging Panel will review the top 3 pitches from each school and select one team from each school to progress to the final round.
6th November – Upstart-led Mentoring and Masterclass Maker Day @ Ballarat Tech School (9.30am – 2.30pm)
12th November – Upstart Challenge Showcase event
Join The Conversation
Brand new for this year, teachers participating in the Upstart Challenge will get access to our Upstart Teachers Community of Practice. This is a place for teachers to share resources, ideas and advice related to teaching entrepreneurial education and innovative thinking.
We’re looking forward to connecting with you here!
If you’re a student taking part in the Ballarat Upstart Challenge this year, join the conversation online by following #UpstartChallenge. We’re so excited to hear some of your Big Ideas!
You can follow us on social media by clicking the links below – come and say hi, and connect with other young entrepreneurs across the region.
Meet The Judges…
We’re pleased to let you know that joining Heather and Jenny, our Co-Founders and Directors, on the judging panel this year are Jodie Gillett, CEO of Commerce Ballarat and Ian Corcoran, Chairman at Buninyong District and Community Branch Bank of Bendigo Bank. 🥳🥳
As long time supporters of the Upstart Challenge, Jodie and Ian are looking forward to seeing this year’s entrepreneurial entries from Ballarat’s emerging young changemakers!
Mentoring & Masterclass Maker Day
In this Upstart led, fast paced and energising workshop, finalist students from across the region work with our local mentors and learn how to take their ideas to the next stage. Hosted at the Ballarat Tech School, students will build prototypes and hone their communication skills in preparation for the Upstart Challenge Showcase.
We’ll post photos from the event here – stay tuned!
Upstart Challenge Live Online Pitch Showcase
During the Upstart Challenge online pitch showcase event, finalist teams will represent their school to showcase their solutions to “Positively Change their World” to the Upstart judging panel, and an audience from business, education and the wider community and compete for their share of the prize. *Please note, location of this year’s event is TBC due to COVID-19 restrictions. Save the date and we’ll keep you updated!
Prizes and Awards:
$1000 – The Upstart Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award
$300 – People’s Choice Award
Perpetual Trophy – Entrepreneurial School of the Year
Get Involved Next Year!
We are pleased to announce that the Upstart Challenge will be back in Ballarat for 2021, for the fourth year in a row!
Our teacher-led program is mapped to the Australian Curriculum and has been designed to be delivered to the whole class with minimal preparation from the teacher.
Register your school’s interest using this form and we’ll be in touch soon!