UpSchool - Wade Institute


UpSchool Workshops give educators the skills, experience, and confidence to teach entrepreneurship to students, across all levels. 

Through our proven experiential learning model, participants engage first-hand with material essential to supporting Australia’s next generation of thinkers, doers and creative problem solvers.

Unlike traditional professional development programs, UpSchool Workshop is intense and immersive. You will experience as a student the methods and processes involved in building a sustainable business, before jumping back into the shoes of a teacher to gain actionable implementation strategies.

We offer bespoke programs for practitioners from both K-12 schools and VET institutes, tailor-made for the unique challenges and requirements of each education stream.

UpSchool K-12 UpSchool VET

Who’s it for?

  • K-12 or VET educators across all disciplines who are enthusiastic about incorporating entrepreneurship into their classrooms and institutions
  • Educators currently teaching entrepreneurship or enterprise who would like to further develop their skills in the area
  • Those supporting educators, including program managers, heads of centres, others in education management and design, and leadership positions

“It’s good to feel uncomfortable, good to feel pushed outside of your comfort zone. It means that you can then rethink and reshape the way you teach, and how you approach those questions with the students. Because you know how you felt when you did it. And I think it’s always good to come at learning from a learner’s point of view.”

Kyi Muller  – Haileybury College (UpSchool K-12 Workshop 2019)


A deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship.

Access to Australia’s most innovative entrepreneurial network for continued learning and support.

Experience first-hand the steps of building a sustainable business.

Resources and a takeaway toolkit of entrepreneurship exercises and activities.

Immersive and interactive experience to accelerate learning, innovation and connection.

Techniques for incorporating entrepreneurial thinking across a range of disciplines.

UpSchool K-12

UpSchool K-12 is a practical three-day workshop to give primary and secondary educators a toolkit in teaching entrepreneurship.

Co-designed with teachers, UpSchool is taught in partnership with Zoos Victoria. Participants explore the entrepreneurial journey by working through a challenge set on-site by Melbourne Zoo. We break down the entire entrepreneurial process, providing an insight into Lean Startup, customer discovery, prototyping and Business Model Canvas. You will take away actionable strategies to implement entrepreneurship into your school, whatever the level.

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Your professional development does not end with the three-day workshop, regular alumni and short masterclasses will be made available to you to ensure continued learning and development.

Program dates: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 November, 2019 9am – 5pm

Where: Days 1 and 3 will be delivered at Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, with day 2 delivered at Melbourne Zoo.

How to apply: Entry is by application only. Apply online here.

Cost: $1,500 pp

Entrepreneurship is most effectively integrated into your school with support from a team. Groups of three or more participants will pay the reduced fee of $1,250 pp.

UpSchool VET

Delivered in partnership with the VET Development Centre, UpSchool VET is a hands-on three-day program giving VET educators the skills, experience, and connections to facilitate the entrepreneurial development of their students.

Facilitated at both the VET Development Centre and Wade Institute’s purpose-built, entrepreneurial space, UpSchool VET will introduce participants to the full entrepreneurial journey. You’ll engage with the materials necessary to teaching entrepreneurship and walk away with the tools needed to implement this thinking in your classroom and institutions.

Designed for VET sector RTOs including TAFE institutions and private colleges, UpSchool VET is an important first step for educators looking to incorporate entrepreneurship within their institution.

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Program dates: TBC

Where: VET Development Centre – Melbourne, Australia and Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ormond College

How to apply: Entry is by application only. Please express your interest online and we’ll let you know when applications open.

­­Cost: $1,250 pp (pilot program cost)

Entrepreneurship is most effectively integrated with support from a team. Groups of three or more participants will pay the reduced fee of $1,000 pp.


Who are the teachers/faculty and what are the class sizes?

The workshop is facilitated by experts in entrepreneurship education from Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship. You will have additional access to entrepreneurs and mentors to accelerate your learning during the program. UpSchool Workshop sizes range from 30 – 40. The program cohort has been kept deliberately small to facilitate optimal discussion and collaboration.

Do you have scholarships?

We do not currently offer scholarships for UpSchool.

Do you accept applicants from outside of Victoria?

Applications are open to all Australian residents. Limited onsite accommodation is available for interstate participants at an additional cost.

What’s the application process? How will you select the participants?

All applications are to be made online. Participants will be selected based on their suitability to the program and to create a diverse cohort of participants. You will be notified of your application outcome shortly after submission.

I’ll be unable to attend one of the days/sessions, how will I make this up?

Exposure and interaction with facilitators and fellow participants is a vital component of this program and so it is strongly encouraged that you attend the program in its entirety. If you are unable to attend any of the program, please let us know as soon as possible so we can try and accommodate you.

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To learn more about this exciting program and the ways you can be part of it, please reach out and we’ll get back to you.

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