Programs with illuminate Education

illuminate Education offers exceptional educational experiences for students and young people, motivating and inspiring them around our motto of “Believe in Tomorrow, Today”. With a range of programs on offer, individually catered to the needs of the region or organisation, illuminate Education ensures a unique experience, activating the minds and passions of a wide range of participants.

illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Program Length: Four to Five Consecutive Days
Age-group: High School & Adults

The flagship education program of illuminate Education is the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, where students, in teams, develop creative and innovative business solutions for a problem in their local region in five days. To demonstrate the effectiveness of their business idea, students have to produce a business plan with two years of financial forecasting, deliver a sales pitch, create elements of a marketing strategy including radio and newspaper advertisements, all while undertaking a number of smaller challenges along the way.

 

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illuminat:nextgen Jnr Challenge

Program Length: Four to Five Consecutive Days
Age-group: Primary School Students

Designed to encourage young minds to explore creative problem solving, as well as an opportunity to experience how the skills they learn in the classroom apply to authentic, real world situations, the illuminate:nextgen Jnr Challenge inspires students to change their community for the better. After exploring issues in their local community, students form teams around the issues that they resonate with and create innovative and feasible solutions.

 

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illuminate The Future

Program Length: Up to Two Days
Age-group: Primary, High School and Adults

This two day intensive workshop, focuses on building foundational creative thinking and problem solving skills. Supported by our expert team of facilitators, participants engage in workshops around creative thinking and key enterprise skills on day one, and team working, idea generation and problem solving on day two.

 

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illuminate Mini Programs & Workshops

Looking for something a little different? We’re happy to discuss with your team how we can apply our knowledge to your circumstances or industry to best achieve your outcomes.

 

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illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Our high schools program, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and capable of inspiring hundreds of students in a five day intensive format.

The flagship education program of illuminate Education & Consulting is the nextgen Challenge, where students, in teams, develop creative business solutions for a problem in their local region in five days. To demonstrate the effectiveness of their business idea, students have to produce a business plan with two years of financial forecasting, deliver a sales pitch, create elements of a marketing strategy including radio and newspaper advertisements, all while undertaking a number of smaller challenges along the way. To support these tasks, we engage a number speakers from the local and national business and educational community. They provide students with real-world advice by sharing their knowledge and experience, benefitting the creation of their submissions, while leaving a lasting impact students can take with them into the school and working lives. Teams from all across the region compete (with some locations having schools two hours apart coming together to participate in the challenge), as the challenge is designed for regional areas around Australia to give them the opportunities and resources to succeed and build relationships, with between 100 and 300 students participating in any given week. The submissions that students complete will be assessed by judges from the local government and business community, who in past challenges, constantly remark at the high calibre of work that these students create in such a short time period. The skills students encounter are not limited to running a business, as they learn about stress and team management, independent learning, budgeting, planning, creative thinking and speaking in public, which benefits them for the rest of their schooling and working lives.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why take on the challenge?

Because of the way we deliver the challenge, the participants go from introduction to the program on the first day through to being able to pitch an idea that could exist and get funding in the real world by the fifth and final day. Throughout the process, some of the learning includes;

  • Idea Generation, especially how to evaluate ideas for a financial return,
  • Market Research, to ensure there is a market for their prospective idea,
  • Budgeting and Financial Management, as participants have to ensure their business is financially sustainable through using profit and loss statements,
  • Public Speaking, with multiple pitch opportunities throughout the challenge,
  • Business Strategy and Logistics, recognising the planning that goes into running a business,
  • Brand, both in understanding how to build a business brand as well as their own personal brand and reputation,
  • Marketing Strategies, through developing collateral to market their business idea,
  • Creative Problem Solving, as participants have to develop a business idea in response to a set challenge,
  • Innovation, from using creative approaches to solve existing problems in new ways,
  • Teamwork, as the challenge is undertaken in small teams,
  • Pressure and Stress management, as the tight deadlines keep teams to task,
  • Meeting Deadlines, as submissions are not assessed if students do not meet the strict deadlines,
  • ICT Skills, as communication occurs through Twitter as well as using software to complete tasks,
  • Self Confidence and Motivation, as the challenge is structured for students to lead their own learning,
  • Leadership, as each team is led by a ‘CEO’ who sets the agenda for the teams,
  • Learning from Professionals, who deliver presentations and give feedback to the participants to inspire them,
  • Knowledge Construction, as participants listen to presentations and have to decide how to use the information,
  • And much, much more

What does the Challenge look like?

With each unique program, participants can expect a packed and motivating week, filled with presentations from key leaders in the business and education community, quality workshops with our inspiring and motivated facilitation team and challenging tasks assessed by our prestigious judging panel.

Each program runs for a five day week, concluding with an awards presentation evening to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing achievements of the participants. Each morning begins with a briefing, providing participants with a breakdown of the day, housekeeping, and helpful hints to enhance their experience. On the first two days, this is followed by a range of presentations and workshops to inspire participants and kick start their innovating thinking. The following two days, are an opportunity for students to work on their business ideas, with some tasks and presentations to support them in molding their thinking. The final day is where participants officially pitch their idea, hand in their final submissions and prepare their trade display.

Throughout the week, participants have multiple opportunities to share their ideas and receive feedback from our experienced facilitation team and our industry experts. To ensure we keep the students on their toes, there are a few extra challenge tasks slipped in over the five days, for example the Pressure Cooker on the final day. Finally, to reward all their hard work, we celebrate all the participants have achieved in the awards evening, where parents, challenge partners and the community are invited to attend and witness the extraordinary successes of our young innovators.

Where is the Challenge held?

illuminate:nextgen Business Challenges are now officially in every state and territory around Australia, with a passion to ensure that every regional and urban community has the opportunity to participate in this engaging program in the future. To find or bring a challenge to your community please look at our upcoming challenges or contact us.

The illuminate:nextgen Business Challenge endeavours to build relationships, not only between education and business but also between schools. Each challenge is held at a central location, where schools travel to on the first, second and final days. This allows for students to meet, engage with and learn from participants from other schools, or size up their competition. This central location is announced with each challenge and is available to participants for all five days, should they wish to work on location for the remaining two days. One the third and four days, participants can work from their respective schools, as presentations and submissions are all provided online via youtube, twitter and the website.

What does the Challenge involve?

To prove the viability of their business idea they are working on, each team is required to produce and undertake the following over the course of the week;

  • Creative Thinking Process. This is not easily tracked, so across the week, the teams submit their Business Model Canvas templates at various stages of the challenge. The Business Model Canvas template is constantly changed and modified throughout the week in response to various presentations which provide new information that may affect their thinking, as well as the questions the Panel session and the facilitators may pose to them to get the thinking about various aspects of their idea. To support these submissions is Market Research, which will be undertaken during the challenge.
  • Business Plan. This is an integral document for any business to outline the strategy behind the business, and in regards to the illuminate:nextgen challenge, it is the best way for the teams to convey their idea towards the end of the week.
  • Financial Plan. Not only must the idea stack up on paper, but should also be financially viable. To prove this, teams are required to complete a two-year financial forecast, in the form of a forecasted profit and loss statement.
  • Marketing Package. To demonstrate their marketing strategy, each team has to produce two thirty second radio advertisements, one full page newspaper advertisement and a social media marketing page.
  • Sales Pitch. In four minutes, the teams need to pitch their idea to a panel of judges to prove its financial viability and how realistic their concept is. This could involve a number of interactive elements as well as a PowerPoint presentation if the teams wish to use it.
  • Trade Display. Much like at a major convention, teams are required to construct a trade display from which they can sell their business form. It is assessed by judges on how well they use the materials and sell their idea, as well as having an opportunity to present to parents and VIPs at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Pressure Cooker. In forty-five minutes, teams are required to adapt their business’ operations, marketing and financial plans in response to a real world complication, which affects their business.

*It Seems Like A Lot…

… But the young people we work with constantly surprise us with what they achieve! As students work in teams, it is achievable through effective delegation, team work and appropriate time management, which are essentials skills they develop over the challenge. In fact, we often have students requesting to do additional tasks to help their business even more realistic and to get more out of the challenge, because they know how powerful the experience is. In light of this, illuminate also prepares a number of short challenges that we announce throughout the week with approximately sixty minutes to complete them, because we all understand that in the working world that not everything runs smoothly. This allows for the challenge to be tailored to the needs of the students.

Who is involved?

The illuminate:nextgen Business Challenge partners with inspiring and innovative leaders and experts in the business, government and education community to ensure each program provide participants with an unforgettable, real world advice and support. Not only can participants learn from the advice and experience of these motivating professionals, but these partnership form lasting relationships between business, government and education, enhancing student learning and future innovative enterprise.

For more information on existing partners or to enquire about becoming a partner visit illuminate Education Partnerships.

What do parents need to know?

Parents, if your children are about to embark on this amazing challenge, you are in for a treat. There are a few things you need to know. This is called a challenge for a reason, namely because it is a challenging, high-pressure experience. Participants encounter challenging tasks and activities with tight deadlines, experiences that will stretch them out of their comfort zone and engage them with some of the most innovative minds in the business community today. Throughout this challenge, participants are supported with experience and vibrate facilitation team and industry experts. Each activity and task is designed to help participants build the skills, confidence and realisation that they have the capacity write their own future. Our challenge to you is to motivate and support them at home throughout the challenge by listening and marvel at their creative and innovative ideas.

For information about the challenge your child is participating in or wish to attend the awards evening, please contact their school or look at our FAQs. If you would like to be involved in your local, or another program, please contact your school or see our partnerships page.

If you, like many others, have thought you wish you could have had this experience yourself when you were at school, well you are in luck. We are partnered with The Van Diemen Project, which runs a number of Professional Bootcamps, which you can participate in to enhance your own business skills and know how.

Where can I get more information?

The best thing to do is to get in touch with us directly as we’re only too happy to help! This is a big week and a lot happens in it, so trying to provide an overview of it here is a challenge!

If you wanted to find out when the next program is happening in your region, you can find out about where our upcoming programs are by clicking here – but if your region isn’t there, we recommend getting in touch to see how we can get to your region soon.

illuminate:nextgen JNR Challenge

Our primary school program, aligned to the Australian Curriculum, focused on developing creativity and innovation in all students from an early age.

Designed to encourage students to explore creative problem solving, as well as an opportunity to experience how the skills they learn in the classroom apply to authentic, real-world situations, the illuminate:nextgen Jnr Challenge inspires students to change their community for the better. After exploring issues in their local community, students form teams around the issues that they resonate with and create innovative and feasible solutions. To achieve this, students complete a business plan outline for their idea, develop a monthly budget as part of a break event analysis, prepare marketing materials, pitch their idea, build a display for their idea and much more.

illuminate Education & Consulting’s expert facilitators provide support for participating students by leading discussions and engaging sessions to help students gain more than just the knowledge but also the skills and capacity to handle the dynamic learning environment. With experience in primary education, the illuminate Education & Consulting team focus on scaffolding these business topics to a level that students can engage with and thrive in knowing and exploring.

The challenge creates a fantastic opportunity to build connections with the community. The awards ceremony at the end of the week is a brilliant way to bring parents and the wider community into the school to celebrate its successes, as well as supporting ongoing learning outside of the classroom. A parent information evening, provided as part of the challenge, supports and encourages family engagement that supports the overall program.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why take on the Challenge?

Because of the way we deliver the challenge, the participants go from introduction to the program on the first day through to being able to pitch an idea that could exist and get funding in the real world by the fifth and final day. Throughout the process, some of the learning includes;

  • Idea Generation, especially how to evaluate ideas for a financial return,
  • Market Research, to ensure there is a market for their prospective idea,
  • Budgeting and Financial Management, as participants have to ensure their business is financially sustainable through using profit and loss statements,
  • Public Speaking, through multiple pitch opportunities throughout the challenge,
  • Business Strategy and Logistics, recognising the planning that goes into running a business,
  • Brand, both in understanding how to build a business brand as well as their own personal brand and reputation,
  • Marketing Strategies, through developing collateral to market their business idea,
  • Creative Problem Solving, as participants have to develop a business idea in response to a set challenge,
  • Innovation, from using creative approaches to solve existing problems in new ways,
  • Teamwork, as the challenge is undertaken in small teams,
  • Pressure and Stress management, as the tight deadlines keep teams to task,
  • Meeting Deadlines, as submissions are not assessed if students do not meet the strict deadlines,
  • ICT Skills, as tasks are completed using software,
  • Self Confidence and Motivation, as the challenge is structured for students to lead their own learning,
  • Leadership, as each team is led by a ‘CEO’ who sets the agenda for the teams,
  • Learning from Professionals, who deliver presentations and give feedback to the participants to inspire them,
  • Knowledge Construction, as participants listen to presentations and have to decide how to use the information,
  • And much, much more

What does the Challenge look like?

With each unique program, participants can expect a packed and motivating week, filled with engaging presentations and quality workshops with our inspiring and motivated facilitation team, an inspiring challenge introduction by an industry expert and challenging tasks assessed by our prestigious judging panel.

Each program runs for a five day week, concluding with an awards presentation evening to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing achievements of the participants. Each morning begins with a briefing, providing participants with a breakdown of the day, housekeeping and helpful hints to enhance their experience. On the first two days, this is followed by a range of presentations and workshops to inspire participants and kick start their innovating thinking. The following two days, are an opportunity for students to work on their business ideas, with some tasks and presentations to support them in moulding their thinking. The final day is where participants officially pitch their idea, hand in their final submissions and prepare their trade display.

Throughout the week, participants have multiple opportunities to share their ideas and receive feedback from our experienced facilitation team and our industry experts. To ensure we keep the students on their toes, there are a few extra challenge tasks slipped in over the five days, for example the Pressure Cooker on the final day. Finally, to reward all their hard work, we celebrate all the participants have achieved in the awards evening, where parents, challenge partners and the community are invited to attend and witness the extraordinary successes of our young innovators.

What does the Challenge involve?

To prove the viability of their business idea they are working with during the week, each team is required to undertake the following over the course of the week;

  • Creative Thinking Process. It’s not easy to track this, so across the week, the students participate in a number of creative thinking workshops as well as completing a reflection at the conclusion of each day.
  • Business Plan. This is an integral document for any business to outline the strategy behind the business, and in the instance of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, it is the best way for the teams to convey their idea towards the end of the week.
  • Financial Plan. Not only must the idea stack up on paper, but should also be financially viable. To prove this, teams are required to complete the establishment costs, monthly budget and a break-even analysis.
  • Marketing Package. To demonstrate their marketing strategy, each team has to produce two thirty second radio advertisements and one full-page newspaper advertisement.
  • Pitch Deck. In four minutes, the teams need to pitch their idea to a panel of judges to prove its financial viability and how realistic their concept is. This could involve a number of interactive elements as well as a PowerPoint presentation if the teams wish to use it.
  • Trade Display. Much like at a major convention, teams are required to construct a trade display from which they can sell their business form. It is assessed by judges on how well they use the materials and sell their idea, as well as having an opportunity to present to parents and VIPs at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Pressure Cooker. In forty-five minutes, teams are required to adapt their business’ operations, marketing and financial plans in response to a real world complication.

* It Seems Like A Lot…

… But the young people we work with constantly surprise us with what they achieve! As students work in teams, it is achievable through effective delegation, team work and appropriate time management, which are essentials skills they develop over the challenge. In fact, we often have students requesting to do additional tasks to help their business even more realistic and to get more out of the challenge, because they know how powerful the experience is. In light of this, illuminate also prepares a number of short challenges that we announce throughout the week with approximately sixty minutes to complete them, because we all understand that in the working world that not everything runs smoothly. This allows for the challenge to be tailored to the needs of the students.

Who is involved?

The illuminate:nextgen Jnr partners with inspiring and innovative leaders and experts in the business, government and education community to ensure each program provides participants with unforgettable, real world advice and support. Not only can participants learn from the advice and experience of these motivating professionals, but these partnership form lasting relationships between business, government and education, enhancing student learning and future innovative enterprise.

For more information on existing partners or to enquire about becoming a partner visit illuminate Education Partnerships.

What do parents need to know?

Parents, if your children are about to embark on this amazing challenge, you are in for a treat. There are a few things you need to know. This is called a challenge for a reason, namely because it is a challenging, high-pressure experience. Participants have challenging tasks and activities with tight deadlines, experiences that will stretch them out of their comfort zone and engage them with some of the most innovative minds in the business community today. Throughout this challenge, participants are supported with experience and vibrate facilitation team and industry experts. Each activity and task is designed to help participants build the skills, confidence and realisation that they have the capacity write their own future. Our challenge to you is to motivate and support them at home throughout the challenge by listening and marvel at their creative and innovative ideas.

For information about the challenge your child is participating in or wish to attend the awards evening, please contact their school or look at our FAQs. If you would like to be involved in your local, or another program, please contact your school or see our partnerships page.

If you, like many others, have thought you wish you could have had this experience yourself when you were at school, well you are in luck. We are partnered with The Van Diemen Project, which runs a number of Professional Bootcamps, which you can participate in to enhance your own business skills and know how.

Where can I get more information?

The best thing to do is to get in touch with us directly as we’re only too happy to help! This is a big week and a lot happens in it, so trying to provide an overview of it here is a challenge!

If you wanted to find out when the next program is happening in your region, you can find out about where our upcoming programs are by clicking here – but if your region isn’t there, we recommend getting in touch to see how we can get to your region soon.

illuminate The Future

This two day workshop format focuses on core skills students need, and activities to authentically explore them.

This two-day intensive workshop focuses on building foundational creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Supported by our expert team of facilitators, participants engage in workshops around creative thinking and key enterprise skills on day one, and team working, idea generation and problem-solving on day two. This program is designed to suit all age groups and year levels and is uniquely catered to needs of each region or organisation. For more information regarding this program or how you can run one in your school or organisation contact us.

Mini Programs and Workshops

For something shorter or with a specific industry focus, we are happy to bring our expertise to help get the right thing for your area.

At illuminate Education & Consulting, we believe in empowering everyone to “Believe in Tomorrow, Today”. Our experience facilitation and program design team, are ready to design a mini-program or workshop to suit your needs, around key business skills, creative thinking, problem-solving or idea generation. Please contact us for more information to begin designing your program today.

Something else?

Our creative and experienced team love getting out across Australia and working with schools, businesses and communities to be more entrepreneurial and prepared for the future.

With that, Adam Mostogl (founder of illuminate Education) often travels around Australia speaking at events around the areas which we focus on, as well as our team running information sessions and professional learning for staff to learn from our knowledge and experience in delivering relevant and engaging programs in schools.

To find out more about these, click here.

 

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