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

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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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

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 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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