SPARK Deakin Startup Ideation

What is the SPARK Startup Ideation?

The Startup Ideation  is an innovative  Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that will empower students with entrepreneurial skill sets to help transform their big idea to reality.

In just ten weeks, students will have the chance to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets, trial their ideas, collaborate with students from diverse backgrounds, and advance the impact of their work.

To find out more visit the SPARK Deakin Startup ideation website.


“If you’ve ever had an interest in starting a business or tackling an important issue, this program can give you the tools and the mindset to turn it into a reality.” – Isaac Jeffies, Startup Ideation Coach, 2020

Who can apply?

This program is available for credit to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all faculties who are eligible to use it as a WIL unit towards their degree.

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake this program for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

  • Undergraduate – MWL317 Entrepreneurship Experience (2021 Handbook)
  • Postgraduate – MWL717 Entrepreneurship Experience (2021 Handbook)

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 speak with a Student Adviser from your faculty if you are unsure.

How to apply

Apply via UniHub.

Key Dates



Students apply via UniHub


Information Session


Students informed of eligibility


Video interview via Montage


Final application outcome


Program schedule

You’ll participate in nine engaging workshops at Deakin Downtown in the Melbourne CBD and have the opportunity to directly apply workshop skills and learnings to your projects together with a select group of like-mined and ambitious students from all backgrounds. In this unique opportunity, you will be guided by a Startup Ideation Coach who will guide you through the journey.

Each week they will present to you a series of challenges to test and validate your ideas. At the end of the program, you will have the exciting experience of presenting your startup at pitch day to a panel of industry judges from the Victorian startup ecosystem.

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