2-day Workshop
Sep Tue 13 & Wed 14


2-day Workshop
Oct Thur 20 & Fri 21
Venue TBC


Enrol your teams
2-5 Students
Best for Years 9 - 11


Food & Fibre, Circular Economy, Sustainability

Students will be tasked to tackle challenges or create opportunities around food & fibre, sustainability and the circular economy that is important to the South West Vic region.

Students will have direct access to test their idea with local subject matter mentors from the South West with first-hand knowledge of the issues.

Students will learn experientially the entrepreneurship process from idea to launch as applied to a social impact or potential profit generating business.

Provocation Topics

Below are some topics that have been identified as being pertinent to the regional area. We'd love to see student teams ideate solutions around these or any others.

  • How can we improve our beaches
  • How can we repurpose damaged farm materials
  • How can we recycle farming waste
  • How can we increase agri-tourism or eco-tourism in South West Region
  • How can we incorporate traditional farming practices into modern/current practices
  • How can we re-purpose broken surfboards
  • How can we use seaweed that washes up on shores
  • How can we use dairy waste products to reduce waste
  • How might we better incorporate technology in farming practices
  • How might we improve our nature reserves – visitor experiences
  • How might we protect our waterways
  • How might we concern water usage


17 Local Supporters

Local education, government, industry - food & fibre, sustainability, and circular economy - are supporting this program. The supporters will provide local expert advise to students as they work through their idea -

Regional Rising

Students will have local entrepreneurship contextualisation led by Regional Rising, who are well known for providing entrepreneur development and business support in the South West and North West region.

Program Design & Facilitation

The program has been designed and will be delivered by Entrepreneurship and STEM Communication experts from the Banyule Nillumbik and Whitlesea Tech Schools.

The Program

Entrepreneurship Fundamentals

The 2-day program will introduce you to the methodologies used in entrepreneurship programs globally through practical activities unlike standard theory based subjects. It introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindsets, toolsets, and skillsets as used in startups globally. 

They will take a journey through a full entrepreneurial cycle of starting a business or launching a social impact idea. Students will rapidly learn the entrepreneurial mindset, ideation, prototyping, customer discovery, how to test business/social imapct idea, branding and pitching. By the end of the program they will have experienced a complete entrepreneurial cycle t
o launch their business/social impact idea.

Sandboxed Learning Experience

Students will be provided an experiential environment to understand the entrepreneurship cycle that is centered on an educational first learning experience with vetted facilitators and supporters.


Funded by the Victorian Government’s Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series this is a FREE 2-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship online and face-to-face experience for students to learn key entrepreneurial skills.

START - 2 Day Intensive

In the Introduction to Entrepreneurship program they will learn key entrepreneurial skills through immersive activities to kick start their idea. Ideal for students who are just embarking on their entrepreneurship journey.


Those ideas that show promise will be invited to incubate their idea through the Accelerator program.

Regional Information Booklet

Review the Information Pack to learn more about the student journey and activities.

Regional Information Pack by Aisha Dani (Entrepneurship Educator)


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Teacher Reviews

Nadia TomarchioStudent Leadership, Voice and Agency Coordinator Northern College of the Arts and Technology
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The Introduction to Entrepreneurship Program provided our students the knowledge and skills to engage in the entrepreneurship process within a supportive and collaborative learning environment. They were able to identify, share and explore their business idea within a start-up framework from ideation through to a 2 minute pitch presentation using the latest online tools; Miro, Canvas, CAD.

The program allowed them to develop an MVP as they received personalised expert guidance and advice on their business idea. They enjoyed the applied learning experience and gained valuable IT, communication, problem-solving and presentation skills. An overall, great introduction into entrepreneurship that fosters student voice and agency in learning.



Most frequent questions and answers
  • Yes, they should have an idea before arriving at the session.
  • Teams should work on the one idea.
  • Teams should complete the ideation pack which will be provided to the school representative or parent that has registered.

Student teams should have an idea that they will work on before arriving. An information pack/portal will be provided to teachers for self-guided team work.

Schools or parents are required to register student teams. Teams can be of mixed levels and a school can have multiple teams registered.

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

All sessions will be facilitated by entrepreneurship and STEM Communication experts from the Banyule Nillumbik Tech Schools and mentors from our partners.

When students participate in the program:

  • they will learn key entrepreneurship mindsets, skillsets and toolsets.
  • the experience is designed to be learning objectives first and secondary, the business/social impact idea.
  • Digital device, ipad or laptop on the day.
  • Lunch – can also be purchased on site at the Brother Fox cafe at Deakin University.
Deakin University Warrnambool Campus Princes Highway Warrnambool

Student work produced during the 2-days can be used by schools towards assessments. Talk to us about what activities or demonstrable work you need recorded.

Responsibility, in keeping with DET protocols:  all school excursions need to be supervises by school representatives or parents during the session school hours.

We encourage schools to provide car pooling or bus transportation for their school teams. Due to the extensive spread of schools in the South West region, unfortunately we are not in a position to arrange transport. However, we can assist with communications between nearby schools if required.

School uniform or equivalent.