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Unit – Activation

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It's all about you...

Anyone can become an entrepreneur; you just need the right skills and support to succeed. That’s where we come in.

Over 10 flexible weeks, Activation will help you understand what drives you and help you harness that drive to build a business – even for an idea you don’t have yet.


You actually get involved here. You don't just listen and stay quiet, you can introduce your own ideas. It’s incredible.

Sev Kryuchkov Activation alumni
TAFE NSW student

Level up your inner game

Activation is your personal journey through the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. You’ll learn how to apply what you’ve learned at uni and TAFE in any context by starting with a strong understanding of yourself and what makes you unique.

Starting something new is always a labour of love, so we don’t just teach you business concepts. We’ll help you develop your vision, understand your why and bring others along on the journey with you.

We know you live in the real world and so your assignments will be targeted, practical and straightforward. We want you to discover your why, not ask “why am I doing this?”.

So turn a spark into a flame. Whether you have an idea already or are still exploring your niche, learn what drives you, how to pitch yourself and build a startup roadmap to launch a sustainable and scalable business.

Activation is for you if:

  • You want to explore the soft skills you need to start a business
  • You’re ready to apply what you’ve learned at uni or TAFE in a practical way
  • You're keen to meet like-minded students from different disciplines and institutions across NSW
  • You want a flexible learning experience to fit around your schedule
  • You're currently studying at any of our 12 education partners (11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW)

2019 Dates

Applications close 13 September 2019 (extended)
Unit duration September – November 2019
Start of unit (online)  2 September 2019
Intensive block (held at SSE Campus) 27 – 30 September 2019


New friends. Tick. New ideas. Tick. Boring lectures or tutorials. No way.

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meet the teachers
meet the teachers Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil is passionate about paying it forward by imparting knowledge and experience to people who can do great things to move themselves, their family and humanity forward. Phil will be your guide and mentor through the personal journey that is Activation.

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The nitty gritty

Learning roadmap

See what’s in store for you with our week-by-week online learning map below.

Activation Roadmap 2019
Graduate capabilities

This unit helps you to achieve the following SSE Graduate Capabilities (GC):

  1. Interdisciplinary teamwork:
    Collaborative and reflective contributions to interdisciplinary teamwork in ways that advance the work of your team, facilitate the contribution of others, foster a constructive team environment and respond effectively to conflict that arises
  2. Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills:
    Knowledge and skills in relation to entrepreneurship (i.e . presenting, interviewing, pitching, )
  3. Critical thinking:
    Critical and creative thinking in relation to how value is created and captured
  4. Communication skills:
    Effective interpersonal and communication skills, empathy and succinct visual, oral, written and digital presentation skills with diverse stakeholders about entrepreneurial opportunities
  5. Wider community considerations:
    Integration of ethical, social, political and environmental responsibilities when considering entrepreneurial initiatives
  6. Strategic thinking and decision-making: Strategic solutions within an entrepreneurial context.

Co-curricular study

This unit is not currently available for credit and is considered as a co-curricular activity.

All students who complete Activation will receive a certificate of completion and can add the achievement to your resume or LinkedIn profile.

Who can apply? 

No matter what you’re studying or where you live, if you are a student currently enrolled at an SSE member institution, you are eligible to apply*.

SSE members are Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.

*TAFE NSW International Students are not currently eligible for this unit. We are working on a solution and will update this page when further information is available.

Applications process

Applications are now open. You will hear from SSE if your application has been successful. Please make sure you check your junk mail.

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Phil is passionate about paying it forward by imparting knowledge and experience to people who can do great things to move themselves, their family and humanity forward. Phil will be your guide and mentor through the personal journey that is Activation.


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