Start here, go anywhere.

Over a weekend, you will experience the thrill of running your own startup. You will learn exactly how to build a real business. Don’t fret. You will be connected with industry leaders, investors and a bunch of cool people who are ready to make your dream a reality.

Launch your venture to change the world.

Initiate 48 gives you the tools, experiences, and connections for building your own startup. You will be exposed to exciting, passionate people, as well as the education you need to transform your idea into a reality.

For the better part of our high school experience, we have been living someone elses life – our parents, our teachers, our peers and our societies. We live in a way that does not resonate with our dreams and ambitions. We choose a path based on what others think and discard the values that give us happiness. Initiate 48 enables you to figure out who you are, what you enjoy and how you want to live your life. You have gifts that are brilliant and amazing and it matters that you let the world see them. Now is the time for you to take action and empower yourself – build your dream startup.

Any high school student (grades 7-12) can attend. Business experience is not required!

Learn by doing

You will dive into 48 hours of hands-on experience within the startup world. You will not just be learning, but actually building a startup.

Find Your Passion

This is the opportunity for you to build a business around issues that you are truly passionate about.

Amazing Prizes

Including 6 months deskspace, free tuition, free courses with a total prize value of $10 000+ from sponsors, your time and effort will be handsomely rewarded.


You will be given the opportunity to mingle with Australia’s industry leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.

Make a change

Within this event, you will learn exactly how to build a successful business venture to change the world.

Make Money

With the experts on making money guiding you through your venture, your very own business will be equipped to make money.

Stand Out

Distinguish yourself. Be self-made. An entrepreneurial spirit separates you from other high school students.

Get Investment

Investors and entrepreneurs are supporting and investing in young talent. Initiate 48 gives you the opportunity to receive investment.

What happens at Initiate?

Over the course of 48 hours, attendees will pitch ideas, form teams and build businesses/social ventures with the guidance of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs. After the 48 hours, attendees will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and compete for a set of prizes. Initiate 48 is more than just a seminar. It is an entirely hands-on experience where you will connect with mentors, make new friends, collaborate and create.


Time Day 1 (Friday) Time Day 2 (Saturday) Time Day 3 (Sunday)
6:00pm Participants arrive 9:00am Teams Arrive 9:00am Teams Arrive
6:15pm Dinner (Provided) 9:30am Morning Address 9:30am Morning Address
7:00pm Opening Address 12:30pm Lunch 12:30pm Lunch
7:50pm Pitches & Form teams 01:20pm Work Resumes 01:30pm Work Resumes & Mentors Arrive
8:45pm Teams formed/Discussion 01:30pm Mentors Arrive 02:30pm Workshop
9:00pm Workshop 06:30pm Dinner 06:20pm Judges Arrive. Dinner (Provided)
9:30pm Workshop 08:00pm Team Updates 07:00pm Final Pitches
10:00pm Day Ends 10:00pm Day Ends 10:00pm Closing Address/Awards

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  • It was an incredible experience being apart of this event and I really want to be at Initiate right now because I loved it so much.

    Ricky S
  • Amazing experience. I've learnt so much: from the workshops, from mentors, just from being around like-minded people who were all working towards achieving something meaningful. I would definitely recommend this to EVERYONE: it was truly a learning experience that helped me grow in so many ways. I feel like I've made long lasting friends, and gained valuable knowledge that will keep motivating me to stay passionate about my ideas.

    Jessica S
  • It was a fantastic experience, I enjoyed it so much. Overall, this program was different to any other programs I have heard of.

    Angel L
  • I've never done anything like it before, however it was a very enjoyable experience. I was able to meet a group of people who were unique and they all contributed to the team in their own ways. It was also good to meet mentors who could give us feedback and assistance when developing businesses. I didn't expect it to be so much work and so demanding, however in the end it was worth it. I'd be happy to recommend this course to other people.

    Hannah S