Leaders in entrepreneurship education

Our flagship entrepreneurial program. The Upstart Challenge is our entrepreneurial ideas challenge, accelerator and mentoring program for secondary school students. With our partners’ support, entry to this program is free of charge for students, to encourage and inspire them all to have a go, to develop critical thinking skills and connections, and to discover their inner changemaker.

The Upstart Challenge is mapped to the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and relevant learning areas for years 8-10 and VCAL.

Why is the Upstart Challenge vital for today’s young people?

Ballarat Students Jumping For Joy at Upstart Challenge Masterclass

The world is changing fast. Covid-19 will undoubtedly fuel the next wave of innovation.

We need resilient people with an entrepreneurial mindset who can use critical thinking to identify and understand problems, create effective solutions and successfully take them to market, think differently and work collaboratively in an agile manner.

Entrepreneurialism is a toolkit of hard and soft skills; teachable skills, and the development of characteristics and traits that are essential regardless of career pathway.

From promoting social change, fuelling the economy to driving innovation, entrepreneurship is important for many reasons and in organisations of all sizes and types.

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The Upstart Challenge Entrepreneurial Journey

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You’ll love the Upstart Challenge if:

  • You’re looking for ready-made, curriculum mapped and engaging resources to introduce entrepreneurial skills in your classroom.

  • You teach Years 8, 9 or 10 in Careers, Business Studies, STEM, Enterprise and Commerce or VCAL.

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As an Upstart Challenge Teacher, you’ll get:

  • Curriculum mapped resources you can deliver to the whole class.

  • Minimum preparation – our resources are ready-to-go!

  • Certified Professional Development opportunities.

  • Access to Upstart-led Accelerator for your students.

As Upstart Challenge students, your class will:

  • Gain confidence to enter an ever-changing employment landscape.

  • Learn vital skills such as communication, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • Have the chance to win prizes!

  • Access to local business and industry mentors which have provided many opportunities for previous participants.

FAQs Teachers

FAQs Students

“The program gives students a great opportunity to carefully consider problems affecting the planet and how they can address them. They learn a lot about their own ways of thinking, how to collaborate with others and build on their entrepreneurial skills.

Ballarat Teacher, 2020

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The Upstart Challenge includes:​

  • FREE introductory lesson plan so you can get started straight away

  • 8 easy-to-deliver modules

  • 1 x license for one class to work through the program

  • Access to the Upstart Challenge Accelerator (2-day workshop
  • 1 x teacher PD webinar (eligible for CPD)

  • Downloadable student resources

  • Invoice payment within 7 days

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What’s new for 2021?

Teacher-led Design Thinking Journey: Now run in-class by you, the teacher. Don’t worry – we’ll give you all the resources you need, and we’ll share our best practice in the PD session.

Ready-made Resources: We’ve mapped our ready-to-teach resources to the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities so they can be taught in-class across a range of curriculum areas.​

Upstart Online Learning Portal: All of our resources are available to view online and download, allowing flexibility for online delivery are remote learning (if necessary). ​

Upstart features you know and love

Engaging material that makes it easy and exciting to introduce and discuss entrepreneurship and innovation in the classroom ​

Upstart Challenge Accelerator: Students will attend our fast-paced Upstart-led 2-day workshop to discuss and hone their ideas with local business mentors and develop prototypes for their solutions.

Pitching Showcase: Students will have the opportunity to present their ideas in front of their peers, the Upstart judging panel and an audience from the business community.

Are you ready to introduce entrepreneurship to your classroom?

“The more we can educate secondary school students to learn both business basics and entrepreneurial traits, the better off as a country we will be. The Upstart Challenge program manages to successfully weave in both. ”

Maurice Grasso, Melbourne Angel Investment

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