About illuminate Education Australia

The focus of illuminate Education Australia is activate young people to be confident, creative and capable people to reach their full potential, and do this through delivering authentic entrepreneurial education programs where problems in the community are solved by students. All of our programs are focused around developing a core set of skills that help students be prepared for the changing world, which we have grouped as;

  • Communication (Speaking, Writing & Presentation Skills)
  • Understanding (Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Digital & Financial Literacy)
  • Solving Problems (Creativity, Problem Solving & Reflection)
  • Working Smart (Collaboration, Organisation & Perseverance)

Every program we deliver is focused on providing authentic experiences to develop and explore this skills, as well as providing young people with an opportunity to showcase their capacity to their peers, the school community, family and the wider community. To do this, participants work through a relevant issue in their community and build a knowledge base around this to define the problem, creatively explore possible solutions, develop business models to create sustainable change, marketing collateral to gain a social license and even present a pitch and prototype of their idea – with all aspects of the challenge aligned to the curriculum as well as employability skill frameworks carefully delivered by experienced facilitators with real-world industry experience.

Founded in 2010 by Adam Mostogl, illuminate Education Australia has impacted over 12,500 students nationally, along with gaining international recognition for our work – however, our focus has always been on providing the opportunity for students to believe in their full potential and help prepare them accordingly. We have always done this through partnering with like-minded organisations who share a passion for our next generation, including professional bodies, universities, various levels of government and importantly schools, which has helped us grow our impact and inspire communities across all states and territories to activate young people become the confident, creative and capable people to realise their full potential.

New Digital Delivery

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, illuminate Education Australia has designed a digitally delivered illuminate:nextgen Challenge which means students can complete the program from their home, or participate as a team from their own school without the need to travel to another location. These programs will be delivered for the near future until the current restrictions are lifted, both for programs delivered in schools as well challenges that are run across the region.

Why Our Programs?

At illuminate Education, we have seen firsthand the transition that our world is going through. No longer can you thrive on knowledge or qualifications along – you need to be confident to make your own way in the world, creative and innovative to make your mark, and capable to work across multiple fields at once. Using our experience and understanding, we have designed the illuminate:nextgen Challenge for Australian students to explore the skills they need for the future and apply them in a real challenge in the community in a real and authentic way in an educational context. Our programs won’t just prepare students for the world of work – it’s give them the foundation they need to be confident and creative individuals, successful lifelong learners and active and informed members of the community.

Some of the ways the work of illuminate Education stands alone includes;

  • Our Focus on Core Enterprising Skills rather than specific content knowledge, allowing students to flourish.
  • Experienced and Qualified Educators make up a majority of our facilitation team.
  • Access to International Networks & Knowledge through Adam Mostogl’s experience that every program benefits from.
  • Leveraging Industry Partnerships allowing students to meet and learn from those in industry in their community.
  • Focus on Practical Applications where the knowledge and skills developed are applied in a rapid fashion.
  • Sharing from Experience as our facilitators are often involved on other fields, bringing all of this to each region.

Everything we do is to partner with the great work already happening through schools, organisations and communities, to provide this relevant experience to invest in and support the next generation of young people in their region to be activated for their future!


The illuminate:nextgen JNR Challenge is an exciting program that introduces the skills that are key to being leaders of the future, what it takes to think like an entrepreneur and the capacity to succeed in education into the future. Facilitated by skilled staff from illuminate Education with the support of the local business community, students learn about solving a relevant problem in the world, how to develop and refine an idea, look at how to make it financially viable and present it in a persuasive way – all skills students will need to succeed in the future.

High Schools (Yr 7 – 12)

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is a week-long intensive program that allows secondary students to experience first-hand what it takes to lead change and solve relevant problems in their community in an innovative manner. Facilitated by experienced staff with the support of industry, students learn more about the issue to come up with a business solution to it, making sure it connects with customers and is viable – even pitching for support to get it running at the end of the program.

Industry Specific

We’ve adapted our illuminate:nextgen Challenge with industry-specific content for a number of fields, allowing students to use the innovative framework of our programs to explore opportunities and specific knowledge in Agri-business and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics). These programs have tailored schedules and submissions, deepening students understanding of these fields and developing skills relevant to these areas.


Beneath our vision, purpose and skills we focus upon, illuminate Education Australia has six core passions that drive everything we do and helps set apart our approach.


Education to Empower.

We passionately believe in the power of education to empower individuals and provide the spark for a brighter future.


Children > Family > Community Shift.

Our focus is to promote confidence, creativity and relevant capabilities across every community we impact, with a focus on youth first.


Entrepreneurial Skills = Life Skills.

 While we teach through an entrepreneurial lens, we recognise these skills are critical to thrive in the constantly changing world.


Reaching All Communities.

We prioritise opportunities to reach regional,remote and disadvantaged communities, ensuring they do not miss out developing these core skills.



We are focused on delivering results for all involved, and closely track data to measure the impact of our programs as well as the benefits for all stakeholders involved.


Educationally Relevant.

Although we deliver our programs with an authentic real world focus, we ensure everything we do is educationally relevant and aligned.

Students Inspired
Programs Delivered
Schools Reached

What Others Say…

Don’t just take our word about the benefits of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge – here are testimonials from teachers and industry partners reflecting on the impact of the challenge.

“In this rapidly changing world with the rise of emerging economies and onset of digital disruption, programs like the illuminate:nextgen Challenge are absolutely critical to regional communities. Rather than seeing change as a threat, illuminate Education opens the eyes of our young people to the opportunities that change presents.

– TIM WATSON, General Manager, Dorset Council, TAS

““I have enrolled students in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge for many years. illuminate Education excels at motivating young people to become the independent learning, self-directed adults that our nation so desperately needs. Their provision of real-world learning is second to none and their programs are still talked about by students many years after they’ve left school. Best of all illuminate Education’s programs target those cross-curricular priorities that are so difficult to address in the day-to-day classroom.

– BOB ASHBY, Teacher, Sheffield School, Tas

“Technical capabilities are the necessary, but not sufficient attributes for people hired into my organisation. The best candidates complement their technical capability with emotional intelligence along with the skills taught by Illuminate Education. Working at today’s speed of business requires employees to bring more to the workplace. Creativity, a willingness to collaborate, natural curiosity and the ability to contribute to effective teamwork are key characteristics of tomorrow’s high performing leaders.”

– MIKE FAULKNER, Managing Director (Australia and New Zealand), Verizon Enterprise

“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge pushes students to extend themselves in a positive, supportive setting. It helps student to develop the real-world skills necessary for any workplace, and exposes them to study and career options. The program helps students to unlock their full potential and discover their future.

– BRENDAN TAIG, Careers Practitioner, Suzanne Cory High School, Vic

“My school participated in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge for the first time in 2018. The students were excited for the week but not not sure what to expect. Now they are excited for their future.

– JUSTINE LYONS, Business Studies Teacher, Pimlico State High School, Qld

“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was exactly that, a challenge. The students really enjoyed the program and were able to stretch themselves and learn new skills. It also changed their perspective on learning and propelled them to the top of their classes.

– CATHERINE EPPEN-VAN DER AA, Head of Humanities and Languages, Mandurah Baptist College, WA

“The illuminate:nextgen challenge was, as described by one of our students at our school’s end of year awards ceremony, a life changing experience for our Year 10 students. The week created such a positive vibe amongst those doing the challenge and indeed, throughout the entire school, and students from all years seemed to be taking an active interest. It certainly allowed our students to develop all of those ’21st century skills’ that everyone is talking about – self-directed learning, leadership, team-work, stress management, time prioritisation, meeting deadlines, innovative and creative thinking and public-speaking, with that all important exposure to how a business works. I really do believe that this challenge, and the skills that were developed by students, will have a lasting impact on them, not only for success in Year 11 and 12, but also post-school education and in their working lives. A huge thank-you must go to the illuminate Education team and to our local business people that so willingly volunteered their time to be a part of the program. What invaluable mentors our students have had!”

– DALE MASSIE, HSIE Teacher, Terrigal High School, NSW

“The value of illuminate Education cannot be underestimated. Their expertise in terms of being able to connect with students, industry experts and curriculum content – and bringing them all together in a dynamic and meaningful way for our prospective students – is very powerful. We’ve received so much positive feedback about our illuminate:nextgen Challenge business workshops that we’ve expanded our program with them– in order to reach out to even more students than we can ever bring to campus. One of the most common things we hear from our students is the illuminate:nextgen Challenge experience has been life-changing for them. In addition to opening their eyes to the basics of running a business, the illuminate:nextgen Challenge program inspires them about the opportunities of a business education, and the life-long skills that it can give them. Even our staff who participate have said that the illuminate:nextgen Challenge has literally been one of their career

– ALEX KHO, Marketing and Development Manager, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Vic

“Thank you and your team for the fantastic experience had by our students during the illuminate:nextgen Challenge. Our students were engaged throughout and took away many valuable new insights in regards to the world of business and also valuable insights into how they respond to a challenge. The event was fantastically managed, flowed effortlessly and delivered the right balance of expert input with student work. The facilitators were excellent role models for the kids and ran the week in a professional and engaging manner. As a staff member supervising students, I enjoyed myself throughout the week and would love the opportunity to attend again with another group of students ready to take our business pitch to a new level!!”

– ERIC RADICE, Teacher, Yule Brook College, WA

“From my previous experiences working with illuminate Education, I have seen kids given the opportunity to explore their ideas and put them in to practice in front of real people from the business community and have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback. It seems incredibly powerful to give children from primary to secondary school age these opportunities – I think the more children that can be reached with these programs the better. The world is a fast changing place and we need the leaders of tomorrow to learn these sort of things differently and earlier than past generations.

– DANIEL SHELTON, Bank Manager, Mystate, Tas

“The future of our world is in these young people’s hands and this program allows the students to have an opportunity to think outside the box and have input into changes that they would one day like to witness. The 21st century skills that this program offers can’t necessarily be taught in a classroom. It is a great kick-start to their career pathway.”

– ELYCE BATES, Careers Advisor, Terrigal High School, NSW

“Regional Development Australia Tasmania has been a long-time supporter of the work that illuminate Education undertakes with our next generation of potential business leaders. The team at illuminate Education deliver a comprehensive program introducing secondary students to the basic foundations of running a business. Importantly, they do it in a way that enthusiastically engages students, which no doubt installs a level of confidence for the participants to become small business champions of the future.”

– CRAIG PERKINS, CEO and Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia Tasmania, Tas

“The nextgen Challenge has evolved and grown over past few years. It has become one of Riverside High Schools priorities as an educational activity outside the normal curriculum. The students are given an amazing opportunity to experience the world of work in a truly invigorating and educational environment. All aspects of the week-long challenge are well planned and relevant to the challenge. All students should experience something like this in their journey through high school.

– AMANDA CLARIDGE, Assistant Principal, Riverside High School, Tas

“I have been really impressed with [illuminate Education’s] program and the quality of the ideas that the students generate… As a member of the business community, I have valued the opportunity to share some Marketing theory along with industry/business examples to bring this to life, keeping the attention of the students. This opportunity and experience has helped me in other presentation work that I conduct as part of my professional role, simplifying concepts and practising presenting to an audience of 100+ is always a valuable opportunity.”

– SHARON GREEN, Advertising Media and Sponsorship Manager, Sanitarium, NSW

A student knocked on my door the day after the illuminate:nextgen Challenge and explained how it was the best week of her school life and can she do it again!

– STACEY EXNER, Executive Principal, Dubbo College, NSW

“With only a fledgling knowledge of the business world, I see young people use imagination based design to create business models, products and services. Educating them to turn something new into reality is the spark in the illuminate:nextgen challenge.”

– KEVIN TURNER, Regional Economic Development Officer, Regional Development Tasmania Australia, Tas

What a week! The students were engaged, the presenters were authentic, and the simulations were as close to a real business experience as one could ever hope for. illuminate Education have created a brilliant programme that is accurately targeted at Years 9 and 10 – they really understand what they’re about. We will be looking to expand involvement next year and beyond.”

– MARK SMITHIES, Business Studies and ICT Teacher, Devonport High School, Tas

“Bringing illuminate Education into a regional area is fabulous for our students who often have to travel to attend events. Bringing the program to them and making the focus for the week on their community gives them a broader understanding of the local issues and potential of the area in which they live. It is great to see the students develop their skills during the week, becoming more self-directed, being resourceful and developing their team working skills. It also great to have teachers in the room who can see the potential in their students as well as learning new skills including teaching strategies that they can then take back into the classroom.”

– PAM WATERS, Program Coordinator, Gippsland East LLEN, Vic

“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge gave our students from 13 schools an extraordinary experience where they applied the great skills they are getting to a real world situation beyond the classroom. They excelled throughout the entire challenge process using real life skills around interrogating information to solve a problem creatively, research, digital literacy, presentation, market research and collaboration. The students grew so much throughout the experience and they readily articulated that learning. A wonderful opportunity to try the real world in a great learning environment. Cannot recommend the challenge highly enough!”

– SHAYNE PLAYER, Principal, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus, NSW

“I have had the pleasure of judging illuminate Education’s programs which was a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the development of our community’s future leaders. Adam and his team have put together a phenomenal package that thrusts our young people into the challenges we face as contributors to the workforce, whether that’s managing a project, leading a team, or developing and pitching a business idea. It is delivered in an inspiring and encouraging way. Whilst I am always blown away by the creativity and perseverance shown by the students, a major benefit I see in this program is the ability to identify at this early stage, the key areas of improvement for the students to work towards (I’m a stickler for polished communication!). I am sure that each and every student walks away with a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, and an insight into the skills required for entrepreneurship”

– KAITLIN ROACH, Community Development Officer, West Tamar Council, Tas

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was an amazing opportunity for our students to discover things about themselves they would not have been about to explore in the everyday classroom. The way the program was run was exceptional, teaching students about the various elements of running a business, giving them practical skills and then allowing them to “get their hands dirty” by applying their new enterprise knowledge. Students were extended and pushed to achieve some incredible results and the comments since they have returned have been nothing but positive. We will definitely be involved in this program in years to come as it offers opportunities that we are not always able to offer within the school environment.”

– LOU CHRISTIE, ICT Teacher, Clarence High School, Tas

“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was a valuable experience for our JTC year nine students. Yes, students learnt a lot about what it takes to start up a business. Importantly, they also learnt a lot about collaboration, communication, working under pressure and problem solving. Students were encouraged to participate in a real-world experience, beyond the classroom, to bring their ideas to life. Students stepped up and pushed themselves that little bit further to complete the challenge. We look forward to working with Adam next year to take nextgen to the next level in W.A.”

– REBEKAH BESSANT, AVID Coordinator, John Tonkin College, WA

“The illuminate:nextgen challenge was an awesome experience for our students. They were provided with a level of challenge greater than they would normally experience and were placed in a working environment that allowed them to explore their ideas and skills in a mature workspace. The ownership that the students demonstrated of their idea from brainstorming to the final product was key and their sense of achievement at the end of the week was enormous. Students were empowered by the experience and felt great pride in their success.

– BENJAMIN JOYCE, Teacher, Erina High School, NSW

News from illuminate education

Inspiring young people relevant skills is something that we are all passionate about – and we share this everywhere we go. Here are just some updates from our team as we travel and make impact across the community.

2019 Impact Report - National-1
12 Jan: +4800 Students in 2019

Thank you to everyone for your incredible support of illuminate Education and everything we are doing to inspire and activate…

19 Nov: Regional Australia: The Choice for Small Business

The following is an opinion piece Adam Mostogl wrote for the Future Focus magazine, distributed through Australian Community Media, talking…

26 Oct: Inspired Primary School Students!

This is just a quick post to acknowledge the awesome week our team has had working with 100 Year 5…

01 Jun: UNLEASH Lab 2018

If you think the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is difficult, then consider the following – 1000 people gathered from 106 countries across…

Contact Us

We’re always eager to hear from people who are interested in what we do – whether you are a school, a potential partner or someone who just wants to get on board with what we do. You can either get in touch with us directly below, or else use the form on this page and we’ll respond to you shortly;

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  • See us in person through meeting with us in Launceston, Tasmania or when we travel – but please email to organise.

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