Core Units

SSE Core Units are a signature SSE activity. The units bring together highly motivated student entrepreneurs who are enrolled at member institutions to form cross-institutional, cross disciplinary groups. Student entrepreneurs come from a diverse range of backgrounds, disciplines and locations.

Core Units aim to engage the interdisciplinary cohort through experiential learning (including peer learning) and access to the SSE partner network of industry, startup community, past student entrepreneurs and other contributors.

SSE is co-designing up to four Core Units as electives in a university degree or TAFE NSW program.  The first unit, the Navigator, has been approved through the UTS approval process and is available to students as an elective in their home institutions depending on local processes.

An example of the modules for Core Units that compliment member’s entrepreneurship and innovations curriculum will include:

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems and stakeholder mapping
  • Government, policy and economic growth
  • Incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces
  • Investors, funders and financial institutions
  • Start-up and innovation methodologies
  • Communicating with emerging technologies
  • User experience and product development

Entrepreneurial learning

Entrepreneurial learning is best achieved through action/doing in relation to relevant and challenging tasks, collaboration, self-reflection and through assessment. During any Core Unit, students will be asked to experiment, learn from others, take opportunities and informed risks, and learn from their mistakes. Students will be expected to both work individually and with fellow student entrepreneurs. 

Selection of students

Selection is subject to a successful application. In order to be considered, students can self nominate or be nominated by a staff member from one of the members at http://sse.edu.au/core-unit/

As members of the community, selected student entrepreneurs are expected to fully engage in the face to face and online modules. Participating in the intensive face to face blocks for their full length and contributing to the online conversation with fellow student entrepreneurs is a crucial part of the learning experience and is required for successful completion of the unit.

Being selected as part of the cohort of student entrepreneurs is also being invited to be part of a community, to receive and share information, to discuss ideas, and to join other activities run by SSE, its members or industry partners.

The review process

Nominations will be reviewed by SSE Unit team. The review panel will consider the student’s nomination and motivation, home institution and degree/program. Students and nominators will be notified of acceptance by email. Once accepted, students must enrol to secure their place and receive their mobility scholarship. Once enrolled, students receive details for participating in online learning and details on booking their travel and accommodation for Sydney. It is the responsibility of the student entrepreneurs to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


Course fees are covered by SSE with mobility scholarships available to help cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

Be notified when our next call for applications opens!

Register your interest in joining the Navigator 2018 cohort of student entrepreneurs by completing the form below. Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or higher learning program at one of our 12 member institutions, all 11 NSW based universities or TAFE NSW.


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