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Upstart Big Ideas Awards 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
The Gordon Gallery was buzzing with anticipation on June 21, as over 110 students, parents, businesses & educators gathered at Upstart's Big Ideas Awards. The top 12 ideas submitted, as judged by our expert panel were announced. This year's Big Ideas ranged from social to commercial with a focus on waste reduction and recycling.



Upstart sponsors took the opportunity to meet our next generation of global entrepreneurs, presenting the top 12 teams prizes for their ideas including cash, tech & mentoring. A 3D printer was awarded to the school with the most entries. Guests had the chance to vote for their favourite idea from the top 40 entries in the People's Choice Award.

Finals Six Teams to be Announced Next Week


A final six teams from the 12 Big Ideas winners will be given the opportunity to progress into the next stage of the Upstart Challenge, culminating in the Pitching Showdown on August 28.

Congratulations to all the entrants of this year's Upstart Big Ideas Award. We hope you continue to work on and develop your ideas. Don't forget we have events throughout the year to help you in your entrepreneurial journey!

Top 12 Big Ideas


Wheel Chair Storage, Yasmin & Phoebe, Clonard College


Automatic Garbage Tax, Sam, Belmont High School


Refugee Food & Education, Dway, Northern Bay College


Beyond the Edge, Mitchell, Geelong Grammar


SPOT, Elke, Amelia & Charlotte, Sacred Heart College


Eyewitness, Zac, St Joseph's College


Sudan Mental Health, Aliza, Clonard College


The Talking Bin, William, Lachlan & Sascha, St Joseph's College


Vintage Apparel, Josh, Covenant College


FLO, Scarlett & Ella, Sacred Heart College


Ethical Fashion, Jessica, Geelong Grammar


Subscribe to Life, John, Belmont High School

Special Category Awards


  • Best Customer Discovery: Ice Jacket, Leif Wellington, Lara Secondary College
  • Best Video (sponsored by iRespectOnline): The Talking Bin, William, Lachlan & Sascha, St Joseph's College
  • Smarter Tech Award (sponsored by Enterprise Monkey): Eyewitness, Zac, St Joseph's College
  • Best Digital Idea (sponsored by City of Greater Geelong): Open EDU, Sam, Belmont High School
  • Most Entries (sponsored by PrintIn3D): Belmont High School
  • Best School Champion: Rosetta Pugh, Belmont High School
  • People's Choice Award: Spot

Check out the Top 40 Big Ideas from this year's competition and photos from the Big Ideas Awards

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