Introducing our new Ideation Workshops!

Our new Startup Apprentice Ideation Sessions are designed to help support schools that are running their own entrepreneurial education programs by introducing the latest technology and business trends to students and providing tools and techniques to encourage innovative thinking.

If you have been considering running a Startup Apprentice program, contact us now to learn more about our introductory offers.

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Applications Now Open for the Student Startup Landing Pad

Learn more and apply to be a part of our exciting collaboration with the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Little Tokyo Two and Study Gold Coast below.


Startup Apprentice delivers award winning, action based entrepreneurial education programs that teach the ‘Silicon Valley’ lean approach to starting a business to high-school students. Our experience based learning helps bridge the gap between book-smarts and street-smarts, with a fully immersive, hands-on, experienced based program where students actually launch a new business or social enterprise.

“It is essential that we encourage kids, parents and teachers to consider the possibility of business creation as a career path rather than the current expectation that kids will get a good education in order to get a good job.” – Startupaus


Startup_Apprentice_Small_Bulb“In the US it has been found that up to 20% of students who participate in an entrepreneurship training program in secondary school will later start their own company”

StartupAus Crossroads Report

Startup_Apprentice_Small_Bulb“Tech startups could contribute $109 billion of GDP and add half a million jobs by 2033, but to unlock this potential we need more young Australians having a go.”

Alan Noble – Director Engineering, Google Australia

Startup_Apprentice_Small_Bulb“The Australian education system is geared toward preparing students for the workforce. It does not adequately equip young people to start businesses, particularly high-growth startups.”

StartupAus Crossroads Report

Startup_Apprentice_Small_Bulb“There is an absolutely incredible opportunity before us right now. I can’t think of one industry that isn’t rapidly turning into a software business. We’re in the grips of a technology gold rush.”

Matt Barrie – CEO, Freelancer Limited


Classroom Education

The Startup Apprentice program encourages high school students to think differently about their approach to working life. It teaches the principles for pitching and validating an idea, building a revenue model, finding customers and delivering an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) concept. It also provides access to role models and business people, who are walking the walk, that students wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

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Real World Results

The Startup Apprentice program is structured to support the development of key life skills that are commonly only acquired over time – resilience, adaptability and problem solving. We believe that it is better to have tried and failed, than never to have tried at all, because every attempt brings a wealth of learning. The Startup Apprentice program supports endeavours for job creation, creativity and community growth to help conquer rising youth unemployment.

Underpinned with 21st Century Learning Design

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The Startup Apprentice program delivers ‘learning-how-to-learn’ capabilities which are necessary for all young adults navigating our digital, interconnected world, encompassing the key learning activities of Collaboration, Knowledge Construction, Self-Regulation, Real-World Problem-Solving and Innovation, ICT for Learning and Skillful Communication.  Read more…

“In the Australian Curriculum “capability” encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumsances both in their learning at school and in their lives outside school.”Australian Curriculum



“An innovative, relevant and engaging program that provides a framework for business success through real-world application and interaction. A genuinely 21st century program enhancing the development of our 21st century learners.”

Jeff Davis, Executive Principal, Varsity College


“I witnessed clear gains in the soft skills of teamwork, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking from the Startup Apprentice Program.”
Dr Shelley Kinash Associate Professor Higher Education and Director, Learning and Teaching


“Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing areas of job creation in the world and has been recognised by the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance as a major element in tackling global youth unemployment. The Startup Apprentice program provides the perfect way for schools to engage students and develop their entrepreneurial skills. It gives students the confidence to follow their dreams of creating a business.”

John Gilders, Partnership Broker The Smith Family


“The start up apprentice program has truly unlocked the potential of our students, in a way that traditional school programs couldn’t. They are engaged and motivated by seeing their own ideas turn into a viable business product, changing them from student to entrepreneur, in a matter of weeks.”

Mirella Zulli, Varsity College

Innovation Champions

Queensland Innovation Champions!

The Startup Apprentice program has been recognised for it’s contribution to innovation.

Co-founders, Sharon and Sam, were awarded the title of 2014 ‘Innovation Champions’ under the Queensland Government’s Science and Innovation Champions program by the Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

Learn more about the program here.

Media Mentions

Startup Apprentice is a proud partner of the Gold Coast Mayor’s Technology Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

For more information about the awards, you can read about them here.


Thank You

Thank you to each of the businesses and individuals that helped to make the Startup Apprentice program possible.

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  • rogue&rouge

  • siliconSUA


  • SUAwotso

  • techspaceSUA

  • smithfamSUA

  • LyfeSUA


  • LearnableSUA

  • polkajotSUA

  • wavebreakSUA

  • ipledgSUA


  • classicholsSUA

  • stratosSUA

  • leavingschool

  • talent

  • psinapod

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