Innovation challenge to fast-track student career success

28 May 2021

North Metropolitan TAFE is one of eight Western Australian educational institutions, to partner with the City of Joondalup and Joondalup Business Association (JBA) to offer an exclusive employability program to local and international students. 

Following last year’s highly successful virtual event, the 2021 Joondalup Innovation Challenge will involve more than 200 local and international students.

The free two-week employability program, commencing on 24 June and completing on 9 July 2021, brings together accomplished WA business mentors, start-up incubators and TedX-style keynote speakers. 

Participating students will work in multidisciplinary teams to solve real-world challenges around critical areas, including cybersecurity and the future of work. 

Finding solutions that benefit Joondalup residents, students and businesses whilst developing key employability skills is the focus of the program while building communication, innovation, leadership, business agility and networking skills.

The program will conclude on 9 July 2021 with a Live Pitch Event at the Joondalup Reception Centre where five shortlisted teams will present to an accomplished judging panel, for the chance to win amazing prizes. 

Applications close on 3 June 2021.  Click here to apply.  

The 2021 challenge will feature Keynote Speakers - Darryl Bower, Managing Director of CDI Electrics and Kim Smith, Director of Standing Strong International.

The challenge will also feature business mentors such as Kate Kirwin (Founder of She Codes Australia, 2021 Business News 40 Under 40 Winner), Megan Del Borrello (Founder of Behind The Brands, 2019 Top 50 Small Business Leaders), Suzanne Dodds (Managing Director of Complete Home Filtration, WA Business News 2020 Rise Start Up of the Year),  Yvonne Power (Co-Founder and COO of Village Energy, 2020 Business News 40 Under 40 Winner), Jason Balchand (COO of So Media Group) and many more. 

Joondalup Innovation Challenge is open to both local and international students from NMTAFE as well as Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Australian Institute of Workplace Training, College of Electrical Training, South Metropolitan TAFE and the National Institute of Technology. 

FRANK Education co-created the project with the City of Joondalup and is made possible through the support of Lotterywest, the WA Government and StudyPerth.