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Registrations Open 1 February 2021!

Registrations Open 1 February 2021!

Registrations will open on 1 February 2021 for international and globally-minded students (aged 14-24 years) to join the gen[in] student innovation challenge in 2021!  

The gen[in] student innovation challenge will help you build real world skills, make lifelong connections and give you the chance to win a share of a $15,000 prize pool.  

So are you [in]? Register here!

How does gen[in] work?


gen[in] is an online innovation challenge that y ou can participate in no matter what time of day, or where you are in Queensland.

In the gen[in] challenge, we will nurture you through a series of online activities that will not only help create an idea but also build entrepreneurial skills! 

So how does the gen[in] student innovation challenge work?

The beauty of the gen[in] student innovation challenge is that you do not have to have an idea to join!

Whether you have an idea or are idealess, gen[in] will nurture you through the process and help you come up with a meaningful idea. 

To see how we nurture you depending on where you are with an idea, select one of the options, and see what your journey could look like in the gen[in] student innovation challenge. 

How do I join gen[in]?

How do I join gen[in]?

We are calling all international students as well as globally-minded domestic students in Queensland to join gen[in]!

To register for the gen[in] student innovation challenge, simply complete the registration form and our Project Manager will  get you started in the gen[in] student innovation challenge. 

Once you are in the challenge you will get VIP access to a wide range of incredible resources developed by our consortium members. H ere is a quick overview of what we offer to you when you join:


Why join gen[in]?

Globally Focused

gen[in] is Queensland's first-ever internationally focused innovation challenge. The challenge brings together both international and domestic students to develop innovative ideas with a global perspective for local impact.

Lifelong Connections

gen[in] provides you with a community of like-minded Queensland students, young innovators, mentors and businesses. Through the challenge you will make meaningful connections that will last a lifetime. 

Real World Skills

The gen[in] challenge helps you build real world skills that you can use in any job. We will help you identify these skills so you can add them to your amazing portfolio and take on the future world of work with confidence.

Real World Mentors

gen[in] brings together a group of amazing people to help you on your journey. Our mentors come from various backgrounds and work across a wide range of industries. Our mentors are ready to help you, so get ready to  be inspired

Hands-On Experience

The gen[in] challenge encourages you to take ideas to action. Through this learning journey you will get hands on experience on how to ideate, collaborate, plan, network and pitch. This is valuable hands on experience that will help you succeed.  

A Chance to Win

By taking part in the gen[in] student innovation challenge, you get the chance to win some incredible prizes including a share of $15,000, mentoring and other incredible opportunities! We also try our best to give you support beyond gen[in]. 

When does gen[in] happen?

Round 1

1 FEB 21 - 19 MAR 21

Registrations are open throughout Round 1 meaning you can join anytime between the 1st February and 19th March 2021! In Round 1 we will help you identify a problem to solve in your local community and develop an innovative idea. Then you will need to submit a 60 sec video pitch about your idea.

Once you have submitted your pitch, you're automatically through to Round 2! 

Round 2

20 MAR 21- 3 MAY 21

Round 2 is about writing a two-page innovation plan for your idea!

You will get to attend live sessions with our mentors to get feedback on your idea and plan. You will work with your team to identify roles, target customers, branding and overall plan for your innovation.

Once you have submitted your plan, our amazing panel will decide on the top 11 teams who will be invited to the finals!

Round 3 (Finals)

27 MAY 21 - 28 MAY 21

Round 3 will be the spectacular finale of the gen[in] challenge!

Finalists will be invited to a special event that will go over two days where you will meet mentors and then pitch your idea to a panel of judges and live audience. 

Winners will then receive a share of the $15,000 prize pool and an opportunity to get further mentoring to take their idea to the next level!

What are people like me saying?

Jack (Jiyuan)

“gen[in] helped provide me with valuable suggestions, build my network and supported my idea to make it evolve. I can't wait to startup my idea to improve the homestay industry!”

Student, St Peter's Lutheran College




This project is co-funded with the support of the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Partnership Fund, managed by the International Education and Training Unit (IETU) within Trade and Investment Queensland.


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