illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Presented in collaboration with illuminate Education, the illuminate:nextgen Challenge encourages secondary school students across Victoria to ignite their interest in business and develop key enterprise skills for the future.

Inspiring confident and creative thinkers

The challenge sees students working in teams to create a business plan for a community issue. Over the one-week immersive program, they’ll learn what it takes to start a new business, going through the process of developing an idea, refining it and making sure it connects with consumers. During the experience, participants develop a range of competencies that are highly beneficial in years to come when entering their chosen industry.

Learning tailored to your students

The program is intended for Year 9, 10 and 11 students and is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum across a range of content areas. It's designed to develop core enterprise skills in:

  • communication – speaking, writing and presentation skills
  • understanding – critical thinking, inquiry, digital and financial literacy
  • solving problems – creativity, problem-solving and reflection
  • working smart – collaboration, organisation and perseverance.

Download the illuminate:nextgen Challenge flyer (PDF, 314KB)

A growing success

In 2019, Deakin Business School took part in 14 illuminate:nextgen Challenges across Victoria. More than 1700 Year 9, 10 and 11 students from over 30 secondary schools participated, culminating in a finals challenge held at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

2017 illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Find out more about the illuminate:nextgen Challenge from the program founder and Deakin staff.

More information and how to apply

If you would like to find out more information about the program and how your school can be involved, please contact the Faculty of Business and Law Student Recruitment and Marketing team.

Email the Student Recruitment and Marketing team

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge pushes students to extend themselves in a positive, supportive setting. It helps students to develop the real-world skills necessary for any workplace, and exposes them to study and career options. The program helps students to unlock their full potential and discover their future.

Brendan Taig, Careers Practitioner

Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee, Victoria