Free to Government High School Students – Victoria (Metro & Regional)

What is it?

Learn key entrepreneurial skills through immersive activities to kick start your business idea.

Funded by the Victorian Government’s Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series this is a FREE 2-day or 5-week online/face-to-face experience for students to learn key entrepreneurial skills. This program is ideal for students who are just embarking on their entrepreneurship journey.

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Why it’s different?

The Introduction to Entrepreneurship introduces students to the methodologies used in startups globally. Students will rapidly learn through practical activities the entrepreneurial mindset, ideation, MVP, prototyping, customer discovery, how to test their business idea, iterations, branding and pitching. By the end of the program students will have experienced a complete cycle of how to test a ‘business idea’ which will enable them to either iterate or pivot.

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What happens during the program?

Students will cover 4 core areas.

This program enables students to explore how entrepreneurship can complement their
passions, interests and everyday frustrations to identify business opportunities now or in the future.


Startup ideas usually come from an untapped opportunity or an identified problem or frustration that is personally experienced. In this section we will uncover how to unpack a problem/opportunity, distill this into a succinct statement that will be used throughout the program.

Value Proposition

Understanding what value a startup provides is the backbone of all profitable business. In this module we will explore customer segments and the value the startup is aiming to provide.

Solution Design

This module is about how to develop the minimal viable startup offering based on the problem and value proposition. We will explore how to test our offering using digital and non digital processes.

Branding & Pitching

The program culminates with an exercise in branding identity and preparation for pitching.


Do you need a business idea before the session?

It is best if you have been thinking about an idea before the session. Ideas can be technical, creative, business or mission oriented. The most important thing is that the idea relates in some way to your everyday life, like Cooper Waller. We will guide you through the process if you are struggling to come up with an idea.

The skills you learn in this program can also be applied to future business ideas or jobs.

Who can enrol?

The program is for government high school students in years 8-12 throughout Victoria, metro and regional.

Who will facilitate?

All sessions will be facilitated by startup experts from the Tech Schools, Melbourne Innovation Centre and mentors from our partners. Learn key entrepreneurial skills and work through a variety of activities to solve problems and create innovative solutions. You will use Zoom conferencing and other collaboration tools to participate in the program.

What will you learn?

When you participate in the program:

  • Your will learn critical entrepreneurial and employability skills, such as problem solving, customer centric design, business model development, and branding and presentation skills.
  • You will learn about the value proposition map and business model canvas – two important tools used in the startup sector globally.
  • Depending on student numbers you may work independently or in teams to design an original product prototype to address a real-world problem.
What permission do I need?

Students need to get their parents/guardian and teacher/schools permission before booking. If you have any issues please use this link to leave a message or get a call back from the Program Manager.

What will I need?


You will require a computer or laptop, internet connection, a pen and paper.

We also ask that you set up in a place were you can concentrate to avoid distractions and interruptions.

Cameras and microphones are required to be switched on for full engagement.


Attend the venue at 9:00am all materials required for the session will be provided by the Tech School.
What are all the dates for the calendar year?

Below are the planned 2021 delivery dates and delivery options. From time to time we may change the offering to reflect demand and other operational reasons. If you’re looking for something outside these dates please click this link for a response or call back by the Program Manager. 


Can I get credit for this workshop?

Forward this page to your teacher and ask them to book a consultation with the Program Manager at this link to discuss further.

3-Step Registration

2-day Sprint

Perfect for lockdowns or if you live regionally, cover all the modules in an intensive 2-day sprint. Online or face to face (pending restriction).

Sessions during school & Holidays

Have a Question?

Book a call back or virtual appointment with the Program Manager at a time that suits you.



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This entrepreneurship program is part of the Department of Education and Training’s Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, available to and specifically targeted at high ability students from years 8-12 from Victorian government schools. The program uses industry tools to challenge and extend high ability students, exposing them to new experiences outside the typical school curriculum. 

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