Unleash your inner innovator, unlock your potential

Many high school students don't realise a career in entrepreneurship and startups is a viable option for the future. With the 3DS for high schools program, you can dive right in and discover the benefits of innovation and entrepreneurship firsthand, and develop key skills for your career along the way. You might even develop the next big thing!

Griffith is proud to offer this exciting new entrepreneurship program for senior high school students and teachers in partnership with not-for-profit organisation 3 Day Startup.

About the program

Over three days, students and teachers work in teams to:

  • brainstorm startup ideas to address a key theme
  • research and validate concepts with customers and potential users
  • work with a panel of industry mentors and expert facilitators
  • create basic business plans
  • present their ideas in a final pitch
  • plan next steps for their venture.

If you're in Year 10, 11 or 12, this program is ideal for developing enterprise skills critical for all 21st Century industries.

Skills you will develop

Product design and development

Business branding and design

Pitching with clarity and confidence

Team building and management

Venture and career planning

Key theme: Sustainable Cities

The key theme for Griffith's inaugural 3DS for high schools program is Sustainable Cities.

We'll challenge participants to come up with ideas, products and solutions for sustainable cities, with the view to take their projects from preliminary concepts to viable ventures.

Program structure

The 3DS for high schools program comprises a series of workshops over the three days.

1. IdeationBrainstorm and develop your startup ideas with fellow participants to address a problem in the market.Focus on the problem, not the idea
2. Lean Canvas

Download your copy of the Lean Canvas and get started on developing your idea and growing your venture.

Develop a team road map
3. Customer DiscoveryTalk to potential customers, discover their pain points and refine your solution to start developing your minimum viable product.Make something people want
4. Prototype

Resources to help you develop and visualise your idea quickly and effectively.

Develop minimal viable product
5. DesignDevelop your company's design and branding quickly and easily with resources provided.Design made easy
6. Pitch Perfect

The ins and outs of pitching: Resources to help you design and deliver your pitch with clarity and confidence.

Tips and tricks
7. Team Management

Develop a strong and successful team to turn preliminary ideas into viable ventures.

Diversity drives innovation
8. Next steps

Devise next steps for you, your venture and your career.

Plan ahead

What to expect

Day 1

Participants arrive—with or without startup ideas—and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules.

Day 2

Customer discovery. Teams meet with a panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts for structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3

Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors. Parents and friends are welcome to watch teams' final pitch presentations.

Program locations and dates

South Bank

For Brisbane State High School students only

14, 15, 16 February 2020 at South Bank campus

South Bank campus

Gold Coast

21, 22, 23 February 2020 at Griffith Innovation Centre, Cohort Space

Cohort Space

How to apply

If you're interested in attending our 3 Day Startup for high schools program, register your interest with your school administration by Wednesday 12 February 2020.

Got questions?

Email us for more information on the 3DS for High Schools program