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Discovery - SSE Innovation Program


A tailored innovation program for forward-thinking educators and businesses.

Discovery by SSE helps you gain a competitive edge in an ever-changing world.

Our blended innovation program is designed to help you, your students and your teams develop sought after skills in creativity, design thinking and entrepreneurship. Participants learn and apply entrepreneurial skills to work through real-world problems and collaborate to ideate, innovate, pivot and scale solutions that can make an impact.

The program can be rapidly deployed to fit the needs of your organisation, helping you to upskill staff, enhance student learning or solve a real business problem.

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Discovery in action: Macquarie University Bachelor of Arts students

As part of Macquarie University’s reimagined Bachelor of Arts, the SSE Discovery program embeds entrepreneurship skills into the curriculum for both first-year and third-year capstone students, as a fully online virtual experience.

The program will help Macquarie University's BA students gain valuable employability skills, startup experience and foster pathways towards igniting or growing their own small businesses. It’s all part of helping Macquarie University Arts students transform their passion into a career and acquiring the transferrable and technical skills they need for success in today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces.


Discovery is an opportunity for students to utilise the tools and techniques entrepreneurs use to:

  • Identify a problem area to investigate
  • Ideate to create new products and services
  • Build a feasible business model around a new idea
  • Solve a real-world problem
  • Pitch and present a new idea

Students will finish the program empowered to think differently, create and innovate in whatever field they choose.

The teaching team

The teaching and design team comprises a diverse and experienced range of educators, entrepreneurs, and SSE alumni, supporting student success and impactful outcomes.


Andy is a globally-recognised consultant, writer and speaker, leading the Discovery @ Macquarie University teaching team.

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The teaching team also includes:

Entrepreneur Facilitators  
Andrew Hambly
Co-founder of Companion Couch
Sophie Musumeci
Founder of Real Entrepreneur Women

Emily Chang
Founder of Stoke

Bianca van Riet
CEO & Founder of Be Your Truth 

James Alexander
Co-founder of Galileo Ventures

Daniel Smith
Founder of Skylark Solutions and Monkey Brew

Mandi Gunsberger
Founder of Babyology

Tyler Thurston
Co-founder of Smith and Thurston Inc


The delivery of Discovery ensures a seamless experience for students, both from a platform perspective and in terms of the learning journey during the Bachelor of Arts.

All the content sits within Macquarie University’s LMS system (branded iLearn on the Moodle platform), with online content designed to help guide students through each step of the way. This includes video content, downloadable resources and instructions, presentations and more.

Students personalise the experience by reflecting on problem areas specific to their lives, whether they be topical (e.g. climate change) or related to their specific major (e.g. truth in journalism). The Discovery experience, a key focus for students over four weeks in Semester, is designed to strongly complement the rest of the capstone unit’s focus on industry engagement and employability skills development.

Note: in response to COVID-19, all the content is being delivered online for Semester 1 2020.