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MQ Incubator & Young Wisdom Student Startup Bootcamp Term 2 2024

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Student Startup Bootcamp

We’re thrilled to invite a group of your students and an accompanying staff member to our multi award-winning incubator for a full-day of entrepreneurial skills and confidence-building alongside peers from a range of Sydney schools.

In thought-provoking discussions and workshops, students and educators will gain an understanding of the skills, people, and resources leveraged by innovators and entrepreneurs to effect positive, sustainable change in the world.

Participants will build entrepreneurial skills and self-efficacy through: empathising with one another, identifying problems worth solving, designing solutions worth testing, and persuasively pitching new ideas - all on the same day! Participants will also receive a Digital Certificate and Badge from Macquarie University Incubator and Young Wisdom.

Bootcamp details:

When: Friday 7 June, 9:00am to 3:00pm OR Friday 21 June, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: MQ Incubator - 8 Hadenfeld Ave, Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Who for: open to Years 9 & 10 students
How many (per school): 6 students and 1 staff member
Catering: provided for staff members (students should bring packed lunches)
Cost: Fully-funded by MQ Incubator

Please note: only teachers/school staff should register for this event (we don't need you to provide student details or have them register themselves)

Questions? Please reach-out to the Incubator team at incubator@mq.edu.au, or Young Wisdom at shahe@youngwisdom.com.au

Shout-out to the schools that have attended our prior bootcamps: Canterbury Boys, Canterbury Girls, James Ruse, Knox Grammar, Loreto Normanhurst, Monte Sant' Angelo, North Sydney Boys, Oxford Falls Grammar, Redlands, Rooty Hill High School, Santa Sophia, South Sydney, Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus, and St Luke's Grammar!

Some testimonials:

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and they learned about a whole realm of entrepreneurship that they were previously unaware of. Our students are creative tinkerers and inventors, but have not thoroughly explored entrepreneurship. It is the perfect integration and supplementation to their education, and fills the gaps that our school has not yet explored.”

Connor Maglis, Science/iSTEM Teacher, Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus)

“We can't thank you enough for the brilliant day you gave our students on Friday. The students - as well as the teacher - came back struggling for superlatives to describe it.”

Head Teacher HSIE

“I found the day to be absolutely amazing. Personally, I've been to 2-3 other similar programs, but none of them have engaged me and my peers as well as this one did. Everything, from the structure of the day, to the quick 5-minute brainstorms, was well thought out and executed perfectly. The thought of collaborating with students from different schools, let alone presenting to them, was daunting at first, but the activities we were given allowed us all to not only quickly familiarise ourselves with each other, but we were able to work efficiently and effectively to pitch our ideas. I am extremely grateful for this experience, and it has most definitely boosted my confidence when it comes to presenting and working with people I'm not familiar with.”

Stage 5 Student

“It's difficult to pinpoint an exact favourite, but I really enjoyed how well thought-out the whole event was, and it had a very important focus on student engagement. Having been to similar bootcamp type events before, none of them matched this level of student interaction where we actually went through the design thinking process ourselves and did quick-fire empathising and ideation. None of the other events even mentioned pitching, so I am very happy with how this event has communicated these important ideas to students.”

Stage 5 Student


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