What is Teen Start-Up?

Teen Start-Up is a fun program where students aged 11-14 years or 14-18 years are taken through the innovation development process from idea to execution. 

School Holiday Programs and Incursions
During our in-person events, students work individually or in teams to come up with an idea that they believe provides a solution to a problem their generation will face in the future. The event concludes with the students sharing their ideas with their peers and people from industry. During the program, students can draw on resources, activities and factoids to inspire their thinking. 

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be running any in-person school holiday programs during the December 2023/January 2024 School holidays.

Idea Journals
Our idea Journals are full of creative prompts that encourage students to explore, create and use their imagination. They introduce students to entrepreneurs and innovators across a broad range of industries including space, cybersecurity, urban design, the creative sector and much more. The journals encourage students to practice their creative problem solving skills and contain tools, thinking skills and "how-to's" that can be applied broadly to both schoolwork and life.  


The real benefit of Teen Start-Up teaches participants about the innovation process and the various tools that can be used. It doesn’t require any particular skill such as coding, but rather encourages participants to develop thinking skills and present their ideas in a way that works for them. They really are learning while having fun.

Have a look at some past Teen Start-Up camps in action, download our School Holidays Problem-Solving Activity Booklet, or click here for 10 design challenges you can do at home.

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Our Programs

A program tailored to each school and delivered as an incursion, excursion, or as a co-curricular program.
3-day school holiday innovation camps where students develop ideas and solve problems related to a given theme.
A 6-week after-school program for students 11 to 18 years old, designed to teach 21st Century skills.

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Getting young people excited 
about innovation, creativity and problem solving.

Get in Touch

Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre

A17/9 Beaconsfield St,
Fyshwick ACT 2609

T+61 2 6163 8300

F+61 2 6163 8399