What is Teen Start-Up?

Teen Start-Up is a fun multi-day event where students aged 11-18 years are taken through the innovation development process from idea to execution. Students work together in teams to come up with an idea for a product or service that they believe provides a solution to a problem their generation will face in the future. The event concludes with the students pitching their concepts to a panel of judges.

During the camp students can access mentors, tools and technology to inspire their thinking.

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

What makes Teen Start-Up unique is that the concept sits at the intersection of the needs of both business and education.

Teen Start-Up: The Science of Everyday - 11 & 12 January 2018

Does your child like coming up with ideas? Do they have an active imagination and like to solve problems? The Science of Everyday is a school holiday program for ages 8-11 years specifically designed to cultivate curious, creative thinkers.

Through games, building activities and design challenges children will be introduced to the role played by the natural, formal and social sciences in everyday life.

When: Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Fairbairn Functions Centre, 49 Laverton Avenue, Fairbairn ACT
Cost: $180 (+GST) per student, $160 (+GST) for 2 or more students

Teen Start-Up: Digital Design - 15 & 16 January 2018

Just as a builder plans before constructing, there must be design before coding. Teen Start-Up: Digital Design explores the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’ when it comes to digital technology.

This 2-day innovation competition for ages 12-16 years will challenge all our young problem-solvers, idea generators and creative thinkers to come up with ways of solving real world problems using digital technology.

When: Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 January 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Fairbairn Functions Centre, 49 Laverton Avenue, Fairbairn ACT
Cost: $180 (+GST) per student, $160 (+GST) for 2 or more students

Teen Start-Up: People Power - 22, 23, 24 January 2018

What matters to your teen? The freedom to express themselves and wear whatever suits them? Or debates around rights and responsibilities; or whether your rules are fair and just? Debating these issues at home is a great starting point for exploring participatory democracy.

At the Teen Start-Up: People Power innovation competition, we take this one step further and challenge our young students to imagine how they could make the world a better place by re-thinking how we practice democracy in Australia.

When: Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 January 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT
Cost: $180 (+GST) per student, $160 (+GST) for 2 or more students

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

AUnit 6, 65 Tennant Street 
Fyshwick ACT 2609

T+61 2 6163 8300

F+61 2 6163 8399