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Collaborations with Industry

We deliver authentic entrepreneurial education programs
where real problems in the community are solved by students.

With the motto “Believe in Tomorrow Today”, illuminate Education is entirely focused on equipping the youth across Australia – and know that this is stronger when done together with businesses, community organisations and schools collaborating together.

Having worked with numerous organisations across Australia from local councils to universities, community organisations to national businesses, professional organisations to government departments, illuminate Education Australia has the experience to create a win-win-win partnership. These partnerships allow for the supporters to achieve their aims, for illuminate Education Australia to be able to work with the local community, and most importantly all of the students involved will be empowered and inspired to drive change.

Coupled with experience in brand management and partnership development, illuminate Education Australia can help organisations and businesses support meaningful change and opportunities for youth in their community. This lasting impact will do more than achieve brand recognition and strategic outcomes – you’ll forever influence an entire group of young Australians to Believe in Tomorrow Today.


Hosting & School Partners and Collaborators

“The value of illuminate Education Australiacannot 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. One of the most common things we hear from our students is the illuminate Challenge experience has been life-changing for them.

In addition to opening their eyes to the basics of running a business, the illuminate 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 Challenge has literally been one of their career highlights.

– Alex Kho, Marketing & Development Manager, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

How to partner with illuminate

There are many ways to partner with illuminate Education – from personally volunteering your time to provide advice and feedback to the students through to financially supporting our programs to help reduce the planning and associated running costs.

In our endeavour to inspire as many Australian’s as possible, our preferred option is to always work with partners and like-minded organisations who share our passion – and where we can work together to support achieve your outcomes too.

To structure the support available, below are some of the common partnership levels we offer – but every arrangement we structure is unique and we’ll work with you and your organisation to achieve great aims for the students participating in the challenge as well as for your organisation.

Our national partners are critical to helping illuminate Education reach students all across Australia, through making a significant investment in time and support to inspire and equip students for the future. While the relationship is shown on program documentation, mentioned throughout programs and we’ll always look to your staff and partners as the first choice for all in-person contributions throughout the program to strengthen the brand awareness, the benefits of this level are fine-tuned to the outcomes of these organisations across multiple regions, further increasing the impact of your investment. We also carefully protect your investment by making your support industry exclusive, so no other organisation in your industry can support our programs, ensuring that there is clarity about your support for the future entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers of our nation.

All benefits packages and outcomes are shaped in partnership, so if you and your organisation have specific areas of interest or outcomes you would like to see achieved, please get in touch with us.

For organisations who are passionate about their region or state, we are excited to explore potential collaborations that could occur. Through these discussions, we’ll ensure that our collaboration creates the impact and benefits you are looking to pursue while also impacting all who are involved in the program too. Support is recognised through being recognised as a partner on all documentation and first invite for all speaking and judging roles to allow your people to be showcased as well, creating an authentic impact of your brand. We also carefully protect your investment by making your support industry exclusive, so no other organisation in your industry can support our programs, ensuring that there is clarity about your support for the future entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers of the region.

All benefits packages and outcomes are shaped in partnership, so if you and your organisation have specific areas of interest or outcomes you would like to see achieved, please get in touch with us.

This is a fantastic way to ensure that illuminate Education can bring our program to your region or community, and represents an incredible investment in the future of your region.

As the naming rights partner for the challenge, your support will be recognised with the challenge being co-branded with your organisation, recognising your integral support. This will be highlighted in all media coverage and referred to constantly during the program, as well as having a representative of your organisation to help hand out the final awards. All major presentation opportunities throughout the challenge will be first offered to your organisation, to allow your organisation to be authentically represented throughout the challenge.

We’ve got strong supporters in all communities we travel to who are eager to get on support what we do for their community but may not be able to fund it outright – and we’re still keen to work with you in this. There is a limited number of supporting partners per program, where we’ll recognise your integral support in helping the program reach your region or financial support through displaying your brand on all program documentation which is referred to constantly throughout the challenge. Through discussing these options, we will also look at how to have your staff and focus integrated into the program that aligns with all of the other partners involved in the program.

Our hosting partners help the education experience by providing a venue for us to run the program out of while it is in the region, either at a discounted charge or for no charge at all. This is key for us to host all of the students in a central location, and a great way for organisations to showcase their commitment to the community. Your support will be acknowledged through all materials as well as the recognition all involved will get out of physically interacting with your venue. For more details and to discuss how the program operates and can utilise your venue, please get in touch.

If you are eager to support the illuminate:nextgen Challenge getting to your region, let’s talk about how you can help us support your community. There are so many ways to help us ensure the program is extremely successful, including;

  • Being a speaker, judge or contributor to the program,
  • Helping broker partnerships in the community to leverage your networks to bring illuminate Education to the region,
  • Discussing in-kind support that could be offered throughout the program,
  • Exploring possible opportunities for illuminate Education to impact your community and achieve your outcomes.


“I have enrolled students in the illuminate Challenge for many years. illuminate Education Australia 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 Australia’s programs target those cross-curricular priorities that are so difficult to address in the day-to-day classroom.”

– Bob Ashby, Teacher, Sheffield School (Tasmania)

“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 (Victoria)

“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 (Queensland)

“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. 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.

– Dale Massie, HSIE Teacher, Terrigal High School (New South Wales)

“The Illuminate Challenge was astonishing. I truly didn’t expect the quality of ideas and presentations that the students delivered. It was clear to me that illuminate are building capability, and improving the confidence and career prospects of these students. I’m hoping to become more involved because I can see the value Illuminate adds to both the students, industry and the broader community.”

– Ellen Piper, People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

There is no finer task than to encourage and support our youth in their journey of learning.  Having experienced first hand the illuminate Education Australia experience myself in a supporting role at Charles Sturt University, I was inspired by the energy that the young participants had in the skills of problem solving, vision creation and entrepreneurial strategies. Programs such as illuminate no doubt are an excellent tool as part of the preparation for life after school.  I would encourage students and teachers to explore the opportunities that the illuminate Education programme offers.

– Peta Pinson, Mayor, Port Macquarie Hasting Council

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

– Tim Watson, General Manager, Dorset Council

“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 Australia.  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 & New Zealand), Verizon Enterprise Solutions


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