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 (or recent graduate) can attend. Business experience is not required!
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||Time||Day 2||Time||Day 3|
|6:00pm||Participants arrive||9:00am||Teams Arrive||9:00am||Teams Arrive|
|6:15pm||Dinner (Provided)||9:30am||Morning Address||9:30am||Morning Address|
|7:50pm||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||Work Resumes||10:00pm||Work Resumes||08:00pm||Closing Address/Awards|
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.
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.
It was a fantastic experience, I enjoyed it so much. Overall, this program was different to any other programs I have heard of.
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.