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upstart education

location_on Australia

Empowering every student to succeed at school and beyond, no matter their circumstances.

For many families in Australia, the cost of private tuition is prohibitive: it's too expensive to spend thousands of dollars a year on private tutoring. For others, there isn't anything available in their local area. That's why we help students access everything that they need to succeed at school and beyond - think 'evidence-based, curriculum-aligned MasterClass' - without breaking the bank.


HundrED has not validated this innovation

Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Benedict Kang on July 21st, 2022






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November 22nd, 2022
It's better to be a "tryhard" with zero special talent and extraordinarily high aspirations rather than an apathetic genius who is content with the way things are.
Ben Kang, Founder

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

For many families, the cost of private tuition is prohibitive – it’s simply too expensive to spend thousands of dollars per year per course on private tutoring – while for others, there just isn’t anything available in their local area.

That’s why we’ve made it our mission to not only empower every person to succeed at school and reach their full potential, no matter their circumstances.

How does your innovation work in practice?

We believe that: real outcomes + real people = real change. And the end result of all this is what one partner has described as, "an evidence-based, curriculum-aligned MasterClass for kids."

By real outcomes, we mean that we'll design quality programs using real learning principles rather than traditional "learning by listening" and memorising textbook content.

By real people, we mean that we believe in a "learn from everywhere" approach that enables students to connect concepts beyond the theory and into the real world of work. We do this by partnering with working professionals who use the same course concepts to make an impact through their work every day.

This leads to real change. Good grades are neat, but they don't mean much unless students know what they're going to do with it. We help students and parents rethink what's possible out of high school, connect the dots between school grades and career goals, and take actionable steps to achieve success.

How has it been spreading?

upstart is still in the validation phase, and the plan is to launch in New South Wales, Australia by 2024 in alignment with the rollout of a new curriculum.

The short-term goal for us is to trial our product with 100 students and understand: (a) what are the key value drivers for upstart; (b) what are the key barriers to entry for low-access students; and (c) and what are the areas where we need to bring new partners in to set up student success (e.g. governments, other NFPs, educational organisations such as schools and universities).

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Join our mailing list or flick me an email at ben@upstarteducation.com.au!

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