Fostering Future Innovators

Entrepreneurship program to fast-track students’ innovation and future-ready skills
Oct 6, 2022
Graduates will have their credentials recognised at leading universities.

With jobs of the future demanding workers be innovative, critical and creative thinkers, Haileybury Enterprise Academy has launched in collaboration with HEX, a Melbourne-based, ed tech that provides innovation and entrepreneurship courses, towards fostering a new crop of innovative businesspeople.

After completing the Haileybury Enterprise Academy, students can receive ‘recognition of prior learning’ in various business courses at pre-approved universities nationally, including RMIT University, University of Wollongong, and other institutions.

Haileybury Enterprise Academy is based on the university-level HEX Ed Innovation program, which was co-designed by HEX and Atlassian and is usually targeted towards high school leavers. It will be delivered as an extra-curricular online program open to Year 10 and 11 students from all Australian campuses and completed in their own time at their own pace.

Through the program, students will learn tools and strategies to be innovative and entrepreneurial in any context, including start-up businesses and tech companies, existing businesses, the public sector, and social enterprise. They will also learn how to adapt and succeed in a virtual, competitive innovation-led world, and increase their entrepreneurial abilities by combining real-world and theory-based techniques and applying it to the startup ecosystem.

In addition to the self-paced online learning and fortnightly check-ins with Haileybury Head of Entrepreneurship Damien Meunier, students will also have regular mentoring with the HEX team and industry experts including Leon Belebrov, Principal Product Manager, Mobile at Seek; Shoaib Iqbal, CEO and Founder of satellite technology startup Esper Satellites and a host of technologists from Atlassian.

They will also be exposed to the Melbourne startup ecosystem and meet with founders, investors and technologists via HEXcurisions which could guide them on their future careers through awareness.

HEX Chief Growth Officer Chris Hoffmann, says, “We are thrilled to launch our first high school partnership program with one of Australia’s innovative and most entrepreneurial schools. We believe young people and the next generation need to be exposed to new learning pathways and future opportunities to unlock their full potential and help them design and build the world they want to live in.

“With the world and future workforce changing at such a rapid pace and innovation being pivotal across all areas of business, it is an exciting time for us to challenge the traditional education pathways and see how we can further children’s skills and experiences sooner in life.

“We look forward to forging partnerships with more forward-thinking schools and education providers to deliver a new kind of learning that keeps pace with the changes of tech, the workplace and the real world.”

Haileybury Head of Entrepreneurship Damien Meunier adds, “We are excited to be partnering with HEX to offer this innovative new program to our Senior School students and young innovators. We understand how important it is to equip our students with the entrepreneurial skills and mindset they need today to thrive in an uncertain tomorrow. Our vision is that the Enterprise Academy will become the crown of the Entrepreneurship programs at Haileybury.”