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Upstart Challenge Ballarat

Our flagship program. The Upstart Challenge is our entrepreneurial ideas challenge, accelerator and mentoring program for secondary school students. We encourage and inspire them all to have a go, to develop critical thinking skills and connections, and to discover their inner changemaker.

  • School registration now open

  • 24 March            Upstart Challenge Launch and Info Session

  • 14 May                 School Registration closes

  • 9 June – 25th     June In-School Ideas Labs

  • 26 June               Big Ideas submissions closes

  • 10 August           Innovation Accelerator Week 1 commences

  • 24 August           Innovation Accelerator Week 2 commences

  • 9 September     Maker Day (this will be a combination of rehearsal, expo prep and planning, and prototyping)

  • 7 October          Pitch / Expo Prep and Rehearsal

  • 14 October       Pitch / Expo Presentation

  • 22nd Nov         Springfest (optional)

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The Upstart Challenge Journey

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

“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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2 days ago

Upstart Challenge

A fantastic day providing vital entrepreneurial thinking lessons for @deakinuniversity GALS (girls as leaders in #STEM) educators through our professional development . There was a lot of fun and impressive creativity happening, looking forward to the next year as we work with these excellent educators!

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2 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

Hey past Upstarters! Would you be interested in being part of a special project?

We'd need 1 hour of your time on Thursday 26 March 5pm - 6pm in Central Geelong 🖼️

Great opportunity to connect with leading entrepreneurial business, industry and community leaders!

Message us for more details if you're keen 😎

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2 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

Put your hand up if you're excited about the Ballarat Upstart Challenge 🙋

The Program Launch is happening March 24th from 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Come along and find out what's in store for 2020... refreshments included 👀 Register now https://lnkd.in/gBn5zqe

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this innovative program #futureleaders #creativity #jobsofthefuture
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3 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

Upstart Challenge Ballarat is back for 2020 and school registration is now open upstarthq.com.au/for-schools/ Don’t miss your chance to be part of this innovative program #futureleaders #creativity #jobsofthefuture Save the date Program Launch event 24th March #ballarat #innovation ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Upstart Challenge

On the behalf of the Upstart team and all our young entrepreneurs we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe, happy and relaxing festive period and all the best in the New Year! ... See MoreSee Less

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