Entrepreneurship Experience

What is Entrepreneurship Experience?

Entrepreneurship Experience allows students the opportunity to undertake an authentic learning experience with an innovative and entrepreneurial focus. The experience undertaken will allow students to develop their critical thinking, communication and self-management skills as they gain exposure to real world experiences as an entrepreneur and innovator. Students undertaking programs will have the ability to create a new enterprise, while international study tours provide students insights into entrepreneurial organisations.


“I really loved the quality of content during each of our workshops, especially considering it had to cover various aspects in less than 3 hours. The content delivery was amazing in a very informal setting, which created the perfect atmosphere to open up and ask questions right out of your head without second thoughts.... The program was a huge value add to my master's degree as well as my perspective on establishing and running a business.” - Vinayak Madhu Kumar, SPARK Deakin Startup Ideation

Who can apply?

This unit is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, who are eligible use a WIL unit towards their degree.

This unit requires students to apply for a pre-approved faculty or university program. On successful application, students will be enrolled in either MWL317 or MWL717 by the Faculty WIL team. Students cannot self-enrol in this unit.

Please see approved programs below for further details and how to apply.

SPARK Startup Ideation program

Startup Ideation is an unconventional Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that allows Deakin University students to create their own startup with the support of Deakin staff. Students work in teams or on their own to build create a new product or service.

The program is hosted by a dedicated program facilitator with weekly sessions, open communication channels, ongoing mentoring, and industry guest speakers: past speakers have included MasterChef finalists, and employees from Google and Envato.

Each week will be dedicated to a specific entrepreneurial skill, and you will be given a series of challenges designed to help you turn your idea into a real product. On the final day of the program, all participants will be able to pitch their idea in the Startups Showcase. Weekly activities include:

  • Induction
  • Design Thinking Workshop
  • Lean Startup Workshop
  • Validation Workshok
  • Prototyping Workshop
  • Business Model Canvas Workshop
  • Branding Workshop
  • Marketing and Sales Workshop
  • Pitching Workshop
  • Pitch Practice
  • Showcase Day Rehearsal
  • Showcase Day

T1 2023: Burwood, Week 1-11, Monday 9am-2pm
T2 2023: Burwood, Week 1-11, TBA

Applications for T1 2023 are now open and will close 5 February 2023.

Please click here to submit your application for the SPARK Program online via UniHUB.

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset (DEM)

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset (DEM)

The DEM program aligns the classroom with the actual practice of entrepreneurship and actively engages students in the key concepts taught in entrepreneurship programs around the world. The program is a scaffolding of applied exercises that support students in applying real-world entrepreneurial concepts:

  1. Idea Generation - Discover the problems you are passionate about solving.
  2. Real Customer Interviews - Gain the confidence to talk to real customers.
  3. MVP Development - Learn about minimum viable product by building one.
  4. Financial Modelling - Learn about revenue modelling, pricing and how to make a business model financially sustainable.
  5. Business Model Validation - Build, launch and analyse the results of your business model experiments.

Offered: T2 2023, Burwood

Unit details and eligibility

  • Undergraduate: MWL317
  • Postgraduate: MWL717

Please visit the University Handbook for further unit information and key trimester dates.

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please contact Student Central if you are unsure.

Key Dates and FAQs

T1 applications open 9 January 2023 and close 5 February 2023.

T2 applications open 8 May 2023 and close 11 June 2023.

  • Whilst MWL317 and MWL717 are offered in T1 and T2, please be aware that not every program will run each trimester.
  • Program applications will typically open and close the trimester before. I.e. You must apply for a T2 program prior to the end of T1.
  • This unit is not offered in T3.

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