Bendigo Tech School Pre-Accelerator Program

This Pre-Accelerator program is an exciting opportunity for young entrepreneurs in secondary school to further develop their enterprise and product development skills required for effective start-ups. Facilitated by Fitzroy Academy and Bendigo Tech School, this program is aimed to equip students with the skills and confidence to participate in future accelerator programs.

Eligibility: To participate in the pre-accelerator program students must be 15-17 years of age and have participated in one of the below Design Challenges or the student has expressed direct interest to their school/teacher in participating –

·         Thales Design Challenge 2019

·         Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge 2020

·         Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 (held in 2020)



Dates (2021)


Bootcamp 1

Students start to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and get familiar with start-up concepts.

Thurs April 15 & Fri April 16

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Online Coaching Session 1

Lean Canvas

Week starting April 26

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Online Coaching Session 2

Customer Discovery

Week starting May 10

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Online Coaching Session 3

Agile project management

Week starting May 24

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Online Coaching Session 4

Pitching for early stage investment

Week starting June 7

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Bootcamp 2

Students get a chance to showcase and further their projects.

Wed June 30 & Thurs July 1

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

*Catering is provided for both Bootcamp 1 and 2.


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03 5444 7113
Level 3, Engineering & Technology Building,
La Trobe University,
Sharon Street, Flora Hill