illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Coming to a location near you in 2020

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are excited to partner with illuminate Education to expand the illuminate:nextgen Challenge across Australia, empowering your students to become the difference makers of tomorrow.

In a week long challenge, students explore key concepts and ideas around starting their own business to solve a current problem in their community. The ideas are developed using contemporary business planning tools, with students presenting business plans, financial forecasts, pitch decks, marketing collateral and more to prove the viability of their business.

Not only will your students be given an opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial skills they have developed in the challenge, but they will also learn useful skills around:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Digital & financial literacy
  • Public speaking & presentation skills
  • Organisation & perseverance
  • Working in a collaborative team environment
"The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was a valuable experience for our JTC year nine students. Yes, students learnt a lot about what it takes to start up a business. Importantly, they also learnt a lot about collaboration, communication, working under pressure and problem solving. Students were encouraged to participate in a real-world experience, beyond the classroom, to bring their ideas to life."
Rebekah Bessant, AVID Coordinator, John Tonkin College, WA.

Upcoming Events in Your Region

  • South Australia

    31 August - 4 September 2020
    Hosted at: Torrens University

  • Western Australia

    24 August - 28 August 2020
    Hosted at: Murdoch University

  • ACT

    27 July - 31 July 2020
    Hosted at: University of Canberra

  • Victoria

    30 November – 4 December 2020
    Hosted at: Ballarat Tech School

    Hume City
    17 August – 21 August 2020
    Hosted at: To be confirmed

  • New South Wales

    Port Macquarie
    31 August - 4 September 2020
    Hosted at: Charles Sturt University

    Wagga Wagga
    24 August - 28 August 2020
    Hosted at: Charles Sturt University

    Central Coast
    November 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
    Hosted at: University of Newcastle

    To be confirmed

    To be confirmed

Why you should get involved and bring students onboard

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is mapped to national vocational outcomes and fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum at the Years 9 & 10 level meeting content descriptors for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics and Business & Civics and Citizenship), Technologies (Digital Technologies), The Arts (Media Arts and Visual Arts) and Work Studies, as well as the Australian Career Development Blueprint.

Each challenge is facilitated by illuminate Education's experts as well as business and community leaders, including from the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand network, who will share their experience and knowledge through presentations, assessment and feedback.

"A student knocked on my door the day after the illuminate:nextgen Challenge and explained how it was the best week of her school life and can she do it again!"
Stacey Exner, Executive Principal, Dubbo College, NSW.

Want to participate?

If you're interested in being a part of the event, head on over to to find out more information and register your expression of interest.
If you have any questions, please reach out to or


Curriculum links:

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 10 Curriculum

Victorian Curriculum – Level 9 & 10

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