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Illuminate Challenge is Back!

We cannot wait to introduce you to the illuminate Enterprise Challenge where we empower young people to be the confident, creative and capable young people they have the potential to be. With over 17,000 students across Australia having gone through the challenge, we are thrilled to be announcing our 2022 challenges! We have loved having home school students involved last year and look forward to having them join us again.

What is this Challenge?

The illuminate Enterprise Challenge is an authentic entrepreneurial education program where students solve a community problem through an innovation process and develop a core set of life skills in communication, understanding, solving problems, and working smart.

  • An immersive week-long, fully funded program

  • Teaching of core business skills

  • A chance to create new ideas to overcome community challenges

  • Skilled facilitators plus business and community experts sharing their experience

  • And much much more across one action-packed week!

Sounds fun! Who should do this Challenge?

This Challenge is designed for a wide range of students. To help you consider students to get involved, we recommend considering the following:

  • Students who are interested in business and entrepreneurship, regularly showing initiative and leadership in the classroom

  • Students that are disengaging from learning in the classroom – the authentic application of real-world skills in the challenge allows students to flourish

  • Students currently considering if further study is an option for them

  • Students that are excelling in schools as the challenge’s self-directed approach allows their passions to drive their performance

  • Students currently undertaking business, commerce, or accounting classes

Keen to see what an illuminate Challenge actually looks like?

Check out this awesome video made by our partners Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand in association with University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus, where over 150 students from 12 different schools came up with new ideas in agribusiness and connecting consumers to local producers.

and connecting consumers to local producers.

Interesting. What do past others have to say about this Challenge?

“It was clear to me that illuminate are building capability, and improving the confidence and career prospects of these students. I’m hoping to become more involved because I can see the value Illuminate adds to both the students, industry and the broader community.” - Ellen Piper, People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

“In this rapidly changing world with the rise of emerging economies and onset of digital disruption, programs like the illuminate Challenge are absolutely critical to regional communities. Rather than seeing change as a threat, illuminate Education opens the eyes of our young people to the opportunities that change presents.”- Tim Watson, General Manager, Dorset Council.

I really do believe that this challenge, and the skills that were developed by students, will have a lasting impact on them, not only for success in Year 11 and 12, but also post-school education and in their working lives. A huge thank-you must go to the illuminate Education team and to our local businesspeople that so willingly volunteered their time to be a part of the program. What invaluable mentors our students have had!” - Dale Massie, HSIE Teacher, Terrigal High School, NSW.

So when is it happening – and importantly, how much?

illuminate Enterprise Challenge | Eastern Australia (ACT, NSW, Qld, Tas & Vic) presented by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand in association with the University of Canberra.

  • Date: Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August

  • Venue: Digital participation from your school OR The University of Canberra

  • Year level: Years 9 – 12

  • Cost: NOTHING! Thanks to the support of our partners Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the University of Canberra

Amazing! How do I register my students?

To register your students please go to or else, reply to this email with any queries. You can also read the attached flyer to see more about the program.

I want to know more about illuminate Education Australia…

illuminate Education Australia deliver authentic programs to provide an experience of the working world while still being educationally relevant. Designed by Adam Mostogl (Top 30 Under 30 Australian Entrepreneurs 2017, Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2015) with the support of educators across Australia, the entire challenge will provide students with the opportunity to present industry-relevant submissions that help them prepare students for the world that awaits them!

With over 17,00 students across Australia having completed one of our challenges, along with international recognition for our work, the illuminate Enterprise Challenge is an incredibly impactful experience that will leave your students, teachers and wider community inspired for years to come.

Article and images supplied by Illuminate Australia

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