An explosive national science, innovation and technology challenge for Australia’s young people!

More than ever, the challenges we face in Health, Environment, and Society demand people with a global outlook, those who can think differently, collaborate and embrace science and technology to creatively solve problems, and thrive in rapidly changing environments.

The Upstart Express is an entrepreneurial journey from Idea to Impact. Students connect around their passion and identify a problem people have. They explore how the problem affects people and imagine ways to solve it, develop a model for how to bring their solution idea to life and grow their skills and communicate their vision to the world.

How does Upstart Express work?

Students will work to solve problems across five key themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing – Solutions for physical, mental and social wellness and wellbeing.

  • Environment and Sustainability – Nurturing nature and solutions for climate, resources and waste.

  • Community and Society – Social solutions for justice, conflict, poverty and equality.

  • Food Futures – Solutions to feed our world well into the future.

  • Sport and Leisure – Solutions to enhance experiences in sport, media and leisure activities.

An immersive in-school National Science Week experience.

  • Curriculum mapped resources ready to deliver to the whole class.

  • Suitable for Years 8-10 and VCAL across a range of curriculum areas.

  • Nurture your students interest in science and technology and bring learning to life using real-world problems!

  • Minimal preparation – Upstart Express resources are available online and are ready to deliver.

  • Program cost $399 +GST *Early Bird Offer $299 +GST* (per class of up to 28 students.)

  • Mentoring opportunities for your students from industry experts.


BOOK NOW to reserve your place in this unique challenge!

In addition to the extensive materials and resources provided with your Upstart Express program registration, we also have a limited number of direct mentoring sessions available. For an additional $50, your school can take advantage of the opportunity for direct feedback and evaluation of their ideas from our industry mentors, each of whom bring a wealth of real-world experience.

To include a mentor session for your school, simply select the ‘Upstart Express program + mentoring’ option from the dropdown box in the form below.

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Program Sponsors:

“Teachers, get on board the Upstart Express – a fun, fast paced national innovation journey. Ignite your students’ passion for STEM, design thinking and building a better world.”

Heather Kelly, Co-Founder & Director, Upstart

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