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.

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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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Upstart Impact

1163 students have developed entrepreneurial skills
2180 people joined our workshops and event network
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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3 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

As Term 3 gets underway, so does the start of this year's Upstart Challenge!

👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 We're so pleased to have eight #Ballarat schools signed up for this year's challenge, and the teacher-led phase of the program starts this term.

Thank you to the following schools who are ready to introduce entrepreneurial thinking and innovation to their students:

- Bacchus Marsh College
- Bacchus Marsh Grammar
- Mount Clear College
- Mount Rowan Secondary College
- Ballarat Grammar
- St Patrick's College
- Federation College
- Loreto College, Ballarat

We're excited to start hearing from Ballarat's young entrepreneurs - hopefully in person, but definitely virtually! - over the next few months.
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3 weeks ago

Upstart Challenge

🎉 Happy Friday! Why not end your week by doing something great for the young people of Ballarat and vote in the Ballarat Youth Services Awards!

We're proud to be sponsoring the Youth Entrepreneur Award that aims to recognise those who have lead or continue to lead a successful business, social enterprise or innovation.

Do you know of a young person who has turned their passion and innovative ideas into a business venture? You can nominate them now at 👉

Nominations will close on the 27th of July 2020 so make sure to get yours in today! #BallaratYouthAwards
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1 month ago

Upstart Challenge

💡 If you know a young person who fancies themselves as a designer, being their own boss one day or who just wants to experiment with some cutting-edge technologies after school in a relaxed and fun environment, then we’ve got you covered!

We've teamed up with the Geelong Tech School to bring you the Upstart Tech Club where students will get hands-on designing and building prototypes to solve problems.

When: Date TBC, dependent on Covid-19 restrictions.
Where: Geelong Tech School
Cost: Secondary students can register online, it’s free!

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