Upstart Challenge – Ballarat 20202020-09-25T12:30:52+10:00
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Join The Conversation

Teachers:

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!

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Students:

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!

Jen Perks
Jen PerksCo-Founder & Director, Upstart
Heather Kelly
Heather KellyCo-Founder & Director, Upstart
Jodie Gillett
Jodie GillettCEO of Commerce Ballarat
Ian Corcoran
Ian CorcoranChairman at Buninyong District and Community Branch Bank of Bendigo Bank

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

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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!

2021 Upstart Programs - Register your interest

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5 hours ago

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🎉 We're excited for the Ballarat #UpstartChallenge Showcase, and we'd love for you to be there!

Join us for our live online pitch event on Thursday 12th November from 5.30-7pm and find out who will be crowned Ballarat's Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2020! 🥳

Book your free ticket to secure your place and you'll receive an exclusive link to join the event: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=661125
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2 weeks ago

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With submissions for the #Ballarat #UpstartChallenge due next Friday, what better time to let you know more about our judging panel!

We’re pleased to let you know that joining our Co-Founders Heather and Jenny on the judging panel this year are Jodie Gillett, CEO of Commerce Ballarat and Ian Corcoran, Chairman at Buninyong & District Community Bank Branch 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!
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3 weeks ago

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💡Our #UpstartChallenge #Ballarat students are working hard to finalise their Big Idea to Positively Change their World and are developing their winning pitches!

💬 For our young entrepreneurs, our top pitching tip is: it's not *what* you say, it's the *way* you say it!

📈 Research has shown that only 7% of what we communicate consists of the literal content of the message. The use of our voice, such as tone, intonation and volume, take up 38% and as much as 55% of communication consists of body language.

With just two weeks to go, what's one tip you would like to share with our young changemakers as they prepare to pitch? Let us know in the comments below 👇
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3 weeks ago

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Today is #RUOK day, so why not reach out to someone and check in - starting a conversation could make all the difference to someone 💛

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, especially our young people, and it's shown us all that it's never been more important to stay connected with friends and loved ones and support each other where we can.

👉 Check out R U OK Day for helpful and informative resources to help you learn what to say after "R U OK?" and keep the conversation going.
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3 weeks ago

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🤩 We're very excited to be awarding the Young Entrepreneur Award at the Ballarat Youth Services Awards next week!

Tune in to the virtual ceremony at 7pm to help celebrate #Ballarat's inspiring young people 🎖️, and to watch some brilliant performances by local young talent 🎸🎤🎶

#2020YouthAwards #BallaratYouthAwards #CelebrateYouthGet ready to celebrate the 2020 Youth Awards in a first ever VIRTUAL CEREMONY live here on Facebook. Tune in from the comfort of your home on Fri, 18 Sep from 7pm to find out about all the mind blowing things young people get up to in our community and recognise their impact, passion and determination!!!

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