Start here, go anywhere.

Over a weekend, you will experience the thrill of running your very own startup. You will learn exactly how to transform any ideas you have, into a functional business. Scared? Don’t be. You will be connected with entrepreneurs, investors and a bunch of cool people who are ready to make your dream a reality.

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Launch your startup to change the world.

Initiate 48 gives you the tools, experience, and connections for building your own startup. You will be exposed to exciting, passionate people, as well as the education you need to transform your idea into a reality.
Learn by doing

In 48 hours, you will learn everything you need to build your very own startup. From conception to pitching to investors, this weekend will be intense, hands-on, and a lot of fun!
Meet cool people

Network with some of Australia’s most influential startup figures. On top of that, you will meet other awesome high school students passionate about transforming ideas into realities. Lifelong friends will be made from this weekend.
Stand out

Distinguish yourself from the crowd. Attending this weekend will give you the upper hand against other high school students when applying for jobs, opportunities and career-related activities.
Amazing prizes

The startup community loves young entrepreneurs. With thousands of dollars in sponsorship funding, you will have the opportunity to receive amazing prizes and potentially get investment for your very own startup. 

What happens at Initiate 48?

Over the course of 48 hours, attendees will pitch ideas, form teams and build startups with the guidance of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs. After the 48 hours, attendees will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and compete for a set of prizes. Initiate 48 is more than just a seminar. It is an entirely hands-on experience where you will connect with mentors, make new friends, collaborate and create.

5:00pmEvent Start/Opening Address
5:30pmInitial Pitches
6:00PMTeam Formation
7:30PMLean Canvas Workshop
8:00PMHustle Hustle Hustle!
9:30PMDay Ends
09:00amDay Starts
09:20amMorning Address
9:30amWork Resumes
10:00amCustomer Development Workshop
10:30amMentors Available
01:45pmTeam Updates
02:00pmHow to Pitch Workshop
02:30pmMentor Q&A Panel
02:45pmMentors Available
04:00pmMentors Depart
07:30pmTeam Updates
09:30pmDay Ends
9:00amTeams Arrive
09:30amMorning Address
10:00amMentors Arrive
02:00pmMentors Arrive
03:00pmSlides Deadline & Break
03:30pmPreliminary Pitch Practice
04:30pmTransition to Final Pitch Location
05:00pmDinner Served
06:00pmFinal Pitches Begin
07:20pmFinal Pitches Resumes
08:40pmInterim Announcements
09:00pm Final Address & Results
09:30pmSocial Networking
10:00pmEvent End

For high school students, by high school students.

All high school students are welcome to attend. Business experience is not required!

For the better part of our high school experience, we have been living someone elses life – our parents, our teachers, our peers and our societies. We live in a way that does not resonate with our dreams and ambitions. We choose a path based on what others think and discard the values that give us happiness. Initiate 48 enables you to figure out who you are, what you enjoy and how you want to live your life. You have gifts that are brilliant and amazing and it matters that you let the world see them. Now is the time for you to take action and empower yourself – build your dream startup.

Overall, an incredible experience! Learnt about the business model, lean canvas and other aspects of entrepreneurial start-ups, which I would not have the opportunity to elsewhere. Had the chance to meet new people and collaborate with others. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors!

Annie LiInitiate 48 Attendee

I've never done anything like it before. I was able to meet a group of people from unique backgrounds who all contributed to the team in their own ways. It was great to meet mentors who could give us feedback and assistance when developing our ideas. It was demanding, but definitely worth it. Thanks to all the genies for their help!

Hannah SeetoInitiate 48 Attendee

Initiate 48 is an important program for the development of young Australian's entrepreneurial thinking. Programs such as these that put the student in an immersive startup experience are hugely valuable to our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Nathan MurphyCo-President of the G20 Young Entrepreneur's Alliance, Entrepreneur in Residence at Inspire 9, Founder of JobHack and TribeGrowth

Initiate 48 will run from October 20-22, 2017.

Venue: Fishburners Sydney Coworking Space

608 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007

(A short 10 minute walk from Central Station)


Over 1400 students have gone through our program.

Don’t miss out – this weekend will change your life.