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THE Gold Coast’s next generation of business leaders are getting a head start with a program teaching the ‘Silicon Valley’ approach to starting a business to those under 18.

Startup Apprentice is presenting business creation as a career path for high school students, going against the typical expectation that encourages students to get a good education in order to get a good job.

You can read the full article at the Gold Coast Business News Australia website.


Startup Apprentice Graduate, James Dearlove talks to 9News about his entry into the
Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.


You’re 23, you’ve diligently worked your way through high school, achieved good grades, selected a career from the tertiary entrance guide, applied to university, spent three or four years and a small fortune learning the skills that are deemed the requirements to get started in your chosen career. Equipped with your degree in hand, you march confidently forward into the workforce, ready to assume the position that you have worked so hard for … but where are the jobs?

Read more at Sydney Morning Herald.


The Australian tech startup sector could add A$109billion and 540,000 jobs by 2033 according tothe Google/PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2013 report The Startup Economy.

No thanks, perhaps, to A$360 million tech sector funding cuts announced in the 2014 Federal Budget. Or indeed, even the Australian secondary education system itself.

Read more at FELLT.com.


Earlier this month, Gold Coast-based entrepreneurs, Sharon Hunneybell and Sam Winter, announced their plans to release their Eight Week High School Entrepreneurial Education Program, Startup Apprentice, to schools, coworking spaces and community groups around Australia.

Read more at startupdaily.com.au.


To celebrate the Gold Coast Mayor’s announcement last week of the 12 finalists in his Telstra Technology Awards, Sharon Hunneybell & Sam Winter, Co-Founders of Startup Apprentice, have gone live with their new website and with the news they are releasing the lesson plans for their Eight Week High School Entrepreneurial Education Program, Startup Apprentice, for FREE to Schools, Co-Working Spaces and Community Groups around the country.

Read more at startupqld.org.


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Trak King, a beacon that can be attached to any object and located easily through an app, complete with alerts when you move out of range of the device, was the best of the startup ideas by high school students taking part in Queensland incubator Silicon Lakes’ Startup Apprentice Pilot Program.

Trak King was selected as the overall winner from the seven products created by the students from years nine, 10 and 11 from Varsity College, Queensland’s largest school. Thirty students took part in the eight week program, which encouraged them to start thinking differently about how to approach their working life.

Read more at startupsmart.com.au.



Mayor Tom Tate visits our Startup Apprentice teams.


The Pilot Startup Apprentice Program, run at Varsity College on the Gold Coast has been declared a huge success with 30 students pitching seven start up businesses in front of their parents, teachers, program sponsors and a panel of judges at a ‘Demo Day’ on Thursday 19th June.

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The well considered business models, along with the majority of teams producing demonstrable prototypes made the judge’s decision of an overall winner very tough indeed, with team ‘Trak King’ eventually awarded the title for their sensor based product.

Read more at startupqld.org

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Startup Apprentice Co-Founder, Sharon Hunneybell talks to 91.7 ABC Gold Coast about the 8 week student entrepreneur program.


Queensland-based startup incubator Silicon Lakes is not just helping young businesses grow, but also young minds.

The not-for-profit is raising money through crowdfunding website iPledg for an eight week Startup Apprentice pilot program to be delivered to students at Queensland’s Varsity College.

Sharon Hunneybell, Co-Founder with Sam Winter of Startup Apprentice, said the program was inspired by the creativity of ‘kidprenuers’ at Startup Weekend Gold Coast last November.

Read more at startupsmart.com.au.

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