illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Delivered digitally, 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.

In response to the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we have adapted the challenge to allow students to complete the experience from their own school or home with a range of digital technologies allowing students to collaborate effectively. The challenge includes a mix of interactive live sessions, information sessions, online toolkits and activity guides as well as access to text-based chat platform for students to interact amongst themselves or the team facilitators when they need assistance.

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:

  • Communication (Speaking, Writing & Presentation Skills)
  • Understanding (Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Digital & Financial Literacy)
  • Solving Problems (Creativity, Problem Solving & Reflection)
  • Working Smart (Collaboration, Organisation & Perseverance)
"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.

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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.

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.

With over 12,500 students across Australia having completed the program, the challenge is an incredibly impactful experience that will leave your students, teachers and wider community inspired for years to come.

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Curriculum links:

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 10 Curriculum

Victorian Curriculum – Level 9 & 10

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