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.

  • Mentoring opportunities for your students from industry experts.


Get in touch with us today to express your interest for our 2022 program!

The program comes with an extensive set of resources and students will also have the opportunity to receive direct feedback and evaluation of their ideas from our industry mentors, each of whom bring a wealth of real-world experience!

Upstart Express 2022 inquiry


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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