11 Big Ideas

“Laughing, to crying, to who do I need to call to get this idea going now”

That was just one of this year’s judging panel comments upon review of the Big Ideas submitted by our region’s young entrepreneurs and change makers as part of the 2018 Upstart Challenge.

The Gordon Gallery hosted over 110 guests from the education, business and startup community who came together to discover the winning 11 Big Ideas that will have their shot at joining the Upstart Accelerator program and the final Pitching Showdown later in the year.

Students from across the region’s high schools were asked for their ideas in response to the question: “What’s your Big Idea to positively change your world?”
The top 40 Big Ideas from this year’s program where on show to guests, providing a unique insight into just what’s on the minds of our youth, and how their creative thinking can help to solve issues faced by many of us.

As a 2018 Program Sponsor, Carley Brennan from Skilling the Bay addressed the crowd and talked about the diversity of ideas on show.

The winning 11 Big Ideas each received a $300 prize and are in the running for the final 6, who will proceed to the Upstart Accelerator. The students who don’t make it through the next round will be able to attend a two-day Startup Boot Camp that will be open to all young entrepreneurs in the September school holidays.

The Top 11 Big Ideas (in no particular order):

H2O Communications - A waterproof communication system for swim training. Entered by Amelia, Charlotte, and Pippa (Yr 9) from Sacred Heart College.

Mental Health Hero - An app that helps you create your own Sasha Fierce Avatar to build your confidence. Entered by Brianna (Yr 8) from Christian College.

Rent a Way - An app to ease parking stress by utilising driveways. Entered by Matthew and Freddie (Yr 10) from St Joseph's College.

Granny app - An app to monitor the movements, sleep patterns and medications of people you care for. Entered by Leif (Yr 9) from Geelong Baptist College.

Tydi Pockets - An app for teens to monitor their money and learn about finances. Entered by Yanah and Zara (Yr 8) from Sacred Heart College.

Droneaid - A drone system to deliver urgent medications to people in need and other applications. Entered by Alejandro (Yr 7) from Geelong Baptist College. 

CTHBGMS - A blood glucose monitoring device placed close to the heart and linked to an app. Entered by Josh (Yr 9) from Lara Secondary College.

The Wardrobe - A fashion store where you can rent the latest trends by an app. Entered by Charlotte and Elke (Yr 9) from Sacred Heart College. 

Axis Shoes - Symmetrical shoes designed to avoid wear and tear and increase the lifespan and ease of use. Entered by Dayne (Yr 10) from Belmont High School.

Myki Wallet - An app that allows you to check your Myki balance and plan journeys better. Entered by Jakob (Yr 11) from Northern Bay College.

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