The 2018 Upstart Challenge has now closed, however, register your school for 2019 not sure if the program is for your school? Register your interest and receive a free lesson plan!

Are you looking for ways to introduce entrepreneurial thinking and innovation to your students?

Want to be part of a growing movement providing students with immersive hands on entrepreneurial learning experiences. One which introduces them to local businesses and industry mentoring?

Why is this important right now?

As educators you are aware that the world is changing fast and the need to prepare young people leaving school for the new economy and employment opportunities has never been greater. The Upstart Challenge delivers entrepreneurial skills such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork, and provides an alternative pathway for students seeking to startup their own business.


The Upstart Challenge experience enables students to identify and solve problems in whichever area their interests lie. Through the guided competition entry process students are challenged to evidence their thoughts and opinions, and importantly, to focus on the user or customer throughout the process of discovery and design.

Through optional highly engaging workshops and mentoring sessions, students learn more and connect with the local business community, gaining experience in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.

The Upstart Challenge encourages perseverance, resilience, an element of risk taking, and the optimism for students to just have a go!

Oh, and did we mention the prizes? Students entering the Upstart Challenge have the opportunity to win cash and tech prizes, and entry to the Upstart Accelerator Program to progress their ideas with the Upstart business mentoring team.

Will your school be the next Upstart Entrepreneurial School of the Year!