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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.

Timeline for the Ballarat Challenge:

• Info session on June 5 and June 12, 4-5pm
• 15th July-3rd August teachers deliver free lesson plan
• 29th July-16th August we run the in school sessions
• 6th September Big Ideas Comp closes
• Winners announced 18th September (term 3 break)
• 16th October AP condensed version Day 1
• 30th October AP condensed version Day 2
• 5th November Pitching Showcase practice
• 7th November Pitching Showcase

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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 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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Congratulations to the winners of Geelong's Young Entrepreneurs of 2019 - Joshua Walpole and Jaegar Fawcett from St Joseph's College Geelong! Their idea FloppyOS, an AI guided Operating System that learns from user inputs and creates easy to use desktops for simpler adoption was selected as the winner by our incredible judges Hyder Hussaini, Tina Perfrement, Davina Montgomery and Nick Stanley. Well done to all involved, it was wonderful to have so many of Geelong's Business and Education community supporting Geelong's young entrepreneurs. Shoutout to the following superstars! Program Partner - Skilling the Bay The Gordon, Clever and Creative Partner - City of Greater Geelong Eco Dev Geelong, Partner - Runway, Tier 1 - Bendigo Bank, Jason Clarke Minds At Work, Tier 2 - VicSuper, Tier 3 - Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Lions Breakfast Club, Enterprise Monkey, Pam Hutchinson, St Joseph's College Foundation, Tier 4 - Christian College Foundation, FormFlow, Geelong Manufacturing Council, iRespectOnline, Global Stream, Picturesque Prints! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Have you booked your ticket for this Thursday's Ideas Showcase!?! Come meet the bunch of awesome humans that make up the cohort of Geelong's Accelerator and find out who will be crowned Geelong's Young Entrepreneurs of 2019!
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Alert! Young Entrepreneur in the building 🤩🤩 ... See MoreSee Less

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