illuminate:nextgen Challenge

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, your 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.

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.

Why you and your students should get involved

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is mapped to national vocational outcomes and fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum at the Years 8, 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.

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:

  • Working in a collaborative team environment
  • Budgeting
  • Handling stress
  • Planning
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Public speaking

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