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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 six 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.

Chervon Tile

We've reimagined our units

As we continue to adapt and innovate in the face of new challenges, we’re excited to announce that we’ve redesigned our short courses to offer the same high-quality learning experience in a shorter, more flexible format. Based on student feedback, our reimagined units focus on impactful interactions in an online environment that will immerse participants in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship over six weeks.

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

Sev Kryuchkov TAFE NSW
Activation alum

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 future-of-work capabilities 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)

2020 Dates

Applications close 28 August 2020
Unit duration 31 August – 11 October 2020
Start of unit (online) 31 August 2020
Online workshop 1 16:00-17:30 8 September 2020
Online workshop 2 16:00-17:30 22 September 2020
Online workshop 3 16:00-17:30 6 October 2020

See why our students love studying with SSE

Georgia Mueller

They give you those relevant industry experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. They’ve really gathered all the right people in the right spot.

Georgia Muller Southern Cross University
Structuring for Success alum

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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 Learning Roadmap

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. Please review the steps below before submitting your application. You will then hear from SSE if your application has been successful. Please make sure you check your junk mail.

How can I find out more?

Visit our FAQs or you can contact us via email at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SSENSW.