The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2024

The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2024

Up to 40 teams of Year 8 students from WA public schools will participate in The Minister’s Innovation Challenge 2024. Students will use design thinking to develop innovative solutions to local issues or problems.

The Minister’s Innovation Challenge aims to ensure our young people are better prepared to lead and innovate in our changing world. It forms part of the Career Learning Toolkit developed to address the critical need for career learning for secondary school students.

The challenge provides an opportunity for a broad range of Year 8 students to engage in entrepreneurial education. Students are supported by a teacher from their school and a local industry mentor, who will provide advice and valuable insights.  

Schools can nominate a team of 6 to 8 Year 8 students to compete in the 6-week challenge, which takes place in Term 4 of 2024.  

Teams submit their final pitches online and the 5 top-ranked teams will share a $35,000 cash prize pool. The Minister for Education will announce the winning teams during an online exhibition.  

The challenge will be delivered online by Bloom The Centre for Youth Innovation (Bloom).

Key dates and activities
Key dates and activities for The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2024
Dates  Activity
17 June 2024  Launch of the Minister’s Innovation Challenge. Student team nominations open.  
2 August 2024  Student team nominations close. 
13 August 2024  Nominated teams are notified of outcomes. 
7 October to 15 November 2024  The challenge starts and industry mentors support school teams over 6 weeks. 
27 November 2024  The Minister for Education announces the 5 top-ranked teams at an online exhibition. 
Become an industry mentor  

Industry mentors are key to the success of the challenge. Each team of Year 8 students receives support from an experienced industry operator.  

Industry mentors can have either a: 

  • track record in leading, or being a key player in, start-ups 
  • background in innovation in a public company.

They will also have: 

  • an interest in mentoring young people openly and respectfully 
  • a Working with Children Check or National Police Clearance Check (or willing to obtain one). 

If you would like to be involved as an industry mentor, express your interest to Dr Lucy Halsall, Principal Consultant, Secondary, District High Schools and Post School Pathways by email at or phone at (08) 6206 2039.  

Find out about the Minister's Innovation Challenge 2023

Check out the winning and particpating schools in last year's challenge.

The winning schools for 2023 were:

First place: Bob Hawke College

Second place: Denmark Senior High School

Third place: Exmouth District High School.

Learn more about the winning schools.

The following schools, listed by region, participated in the 2023 Minister’s Innovation Challenge.

  • East Kimberley College
  • Champion Bay Senior High School
  • Exmouth District High School
North Metropolitan
  • Balcatta Senior High School
  • Bob Hawke College
  • Butler College
  • Clarkson Community High School
  • Dianella Secondary College
  • Ellenbrook Secondary College
  • Hampton Senior High School
  • Joseph Banks Secondary College
  • Ocean Reef Senior High School
  • Wanneroo Secondary College
  • Karratha Senior High School
  • Newman Senior High School
  • Tom Price Senior High School
South Metropolitan
  • Baldivis Secondary College
  • Coastal Lakes College
  • Halls Head College
  • Harrisdale Senior High School
  • Lesmurdie Senior High School
  • Lynwood Senior High School
  • Warnbro Community High School
  • Albany Senior High School
  • Bunbury Senior High School
  • Dalyellup College
  • Denmark Senior High School
  • Gnowangerup District High School
  • Manjimup Senior High School
  • Margaret River Senior High School