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Upstart Challenge Ballarat

The Upstart Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship education program empowering students to become tomorrow’s changemakers.

Using design thinking methodologies and a range of enterprise-focused activities and experiences, students identify problems and create solutions to Positively Change Their World.

Your students develop future-facing skills and connect with local business mentors. The program culminates in our Upstart Challenge Showcase where student teams represent their school and share their solutions with the Upstart judging panel, local business, education and wider community, pitching live to win their share of tech and cash prizes.

Designed for busy teachers in a rapidly changing environment, this program has been recently updated to facilitate teacher-led flexible delivery.

Our easy to use online resources and support guide you every step of the way.

No previous knowledge in this subject area required.

Registration Is Now Closed

Make sure your school doesn’t miss out in 2021 by registering your interest here. We’ll send you updates on how to sign up for next year’s Challenge as well as other exciting programs we’re working on for 2020!

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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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5 hours ago

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We wouldn't be able to run our Upstart programs without the support and commitment from the Upstart Community.

🙌 We want to say a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors for the 2020 Ballarat #UpstartChallenge - Regional Development Victoria, Buninyong & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Runway!
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3 days ago

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Smile if you've got that Friday feeling 😎

Whilst you may not be celebrating with a GIANT cheque - like our Ballarat Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Beth! - we hope you have an awesome weekend!
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2 weeks ago

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Introducing... Team Rescue Watch! 🏊‍♀️🌊🧭

Meet Olivia Beechey and Eleanor Justin from Year 6 at Ballarat Grammar and finalists in the 2020 Ballarat #UpstartChallenge. Their idea, Rescue Watch is a wearable GPS watch device worn by open water swimmers and surfers to help lifeguards locate them quicker if they were to get into trouble, designed to reduce the number of drownings across Australia.

Olivia and Eleanor really impressed the judges on the night and their passion shone throughout the program and their final pitch! 🌟

Well done, Team Rescue Watch - we hope you’ll take part in the #UpstartChallenge again next year!
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2 weeks ago

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Introducing... TEAM Sports4Kidz! 🏏🥅🏉

Meet Mia Flynn and Zari Collin from Year 10 at Mount Rowan Secondary College. It was great to see their final pitch for their idea Sports4Kidz - a community-based physical activity program using school facilities to remove the barriers to exercise for young people - develop so much throughout the Ballarat #UpstartChallenge this year.

Their pitch receiving excellent feedback from our audience, the judging panel AND they already have interest from their school to take part in the initiative.

We’re excited to see where this idea takes them - well done, Team Sports4Kidz! 👏👏
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