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Assessment Criteria

Everything your team submits as part of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is marked against the same set of seven (7) criteria, which has been developed alongside the core skills that the challenge is based upon. Depending on the task, the criteria has different weightings depending on the importance of that particular skill or knowledge for that task, so check the task outlines closely to see what the judges are looking for – and for major tasks, you can download judging rubrics to see what judges are expecting. The criteria are;


  1. Strategy & Organisation
  2. Research & Inquiry
  3. Creativity & Innovation
  4. Financial Interpretation
  5. Communication
  6. Use of Digital Technology
  7. Real World Application
Team Binder

In every illuminate:nextgen Challenge, your Team Binder gives you information to prepare for every day, useful templates and much more – and while you are doing the program digitally, you will still find this document critical.


Below are links to download the templates from the Team Binder for the different tasks as well as the entire document;

Team MOU [1.50%]

Due: Monday 3:10 pm
Purpose: Set clear rules and agreements within the team of how you will work together.
Template: Editable PDF (from Virtual Team Binder) | Judging Rubric


Outline: As the program is completed in teams, it is important to set a good foundation to work collaboratively together as well as prepare for any potential conflict. Teams will step through an exercise to establish key behaviours that the team will agree to, then sign it as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between all of the team members.

Requirements: Teams are to fill in the sheets within the Team Binder, then take a picture of the page and upload it using the Resources page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Problem Frame [1.50%]

Due: Tuesday at 10:45 am
Purpose: Clearly identify a problem that relates to the Core Challenge that your team will look to solve.
Template: Editable PDF (from virtual Team Binder)


Outline: To help your team move through the Innovation Process, it is critical to be able to identify and explain the problem that your team sees in an easy to understand manner. Each team is required to complete a Problem Frame using the following template;

  • [People] need to [Need] because [Importance], but [Gap].
  • People: should be a clearly defined group of people that have this problem.
  • Need: should be a verb that outlines what the People need – an action or a requirement.
  • Importance: is why these People need this Need met in their lives through justification.
  • Gap: outlines why this Need is not being met at the moment.

Requirements: Teams must book in to meet with Facilitators to have their Problem Frame checked, refined, and approved before progressing to the next stage.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
7. Real World Application0%
Panel Presentations

Due: Tuesday from 2:00 pm
Purpose: To share the progress of the team through the Innovation Process, and get constructive feedback and advice on the chosen idea.


Outline: It is incredibly valuable to get feedback from other perspectives when coming up with a new idea. The Panel Presentation allows teams an opportunity to present for up to three (3) minutes to share what they have worked on so far and as much detail as they have about their idea, to then allow the panel members an opportunity to answer any questions and provide general feedback.


In preparing for the presentation, teams should;

  • Introduce the Problem Frame so the panel knows what issue the team has identified.
  • Introduce the idea that the team has come up with so far, with detail as appropriate.
  • Consider what questions you could ask the Panel that could help your team out.
  • Prepare to take notes of the feedback to review after the session.

Requirements: Teams will be called forward in a random order to present to the panel, so each team should be ready to start at the beginning of the session. Teams will also listen to other teams and their feedback, which could be useful.

Planning Canvas [2.50%]

Due: Wednesday 9:45 am
Purpose: Provide a way of brainstorming elements of the business solution that need to be developed and decided upon.
Template: Planning Canvas | Idea Canvas | Judging Rubric


Outline: As the solution evolves, it is important to also start putting detail into the idea to understand how it could function and what else is needed to make it work. Teams will complete the Planning Canvas to document their thoughts in these areas, understanding the canvas can be added to throughout the program. Teams will also find that by putting more thought into this task will help with later parts of the challenge, where these elements become part of the Business Case, Marketing Strategy & Pitch Deck Presentation.


Requirements: Teams are to complete the Planning Canvas (in the plastic sleeve at the back of the Team Binder), take a photo of both sides, and upload them individually through the Resources page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Elevator Pitch [5.00%]

Due: Wednesday 10:00 am
Purpose: Clearly present the idea in a compelling manner – in a tight timeframe.
Template: Judging Rubric


Outline: When presenting a new idea, often people are asked to explain their ‘Elevator Pitch’, which is a quick outline of the idea that should go for the length of a short elevator ride. Teams are required to present a thirty (30) second presentation that briefly outlines their idea, using the following guide;

  • An Introduction: Your name and something to open the conversation with.
  • The Problem: Briefly outline the Problem Frame.
  • The Solution: Your idea in short.
  • Impact: What difference will this idea really make?
  • Hook: Close with a compelling question to get the listener interested.

Further detail will be provided during the Public Speaking Workshop.

Requirements: Teams will be given time to rehearse their presentation before their allocated time, where they must present their Elevator Pitch on time to be judged.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
1. Strategy & Organisation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Business Logo

Due: Wednesday 3:00 pm
Purpose: Develop a logo to represent your business to others.


Outline: Each team needs to design a logo to represent their business. A logo should be simple, engaging and contain your business name. The best logos connect with their business, are clear and simple.


Requirements: Teams should upload their logo to the Resources Website.

Marketing Package [20.00%]

Due: Thursday 10:00 am
Purpose: Outline the strategy that you will take to connect with your target customers.
Template: Strategy Task Outline | Strategy Template | Marketing Outline | Judging Rubric 


Outline: Behind every piece of strong marketing material is a clear and focused strategy that helps target the customer group and leads them towards doing business with you. Teams need to outline this strategy using the attached template with enough detail for a person who they have not yet met to clearly understand what you are selling, how you are going to promote it, and how it will make an impact.

Requirements: Teams should upload the final document (as a PDF preferably) through the Resources website.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
5. Communication0%
6. Use of Digital Technology0%
7. Real World Application0%
Financial Tables [12.50%]

Due: Thursday 10:30 am
Purpose: Clearly demonstrate the solution can be financially viable.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric


Outline: When presenting a new idea, it is important to clearly show that it is financially sustainable in the long term through your financial forecasts. Teams are required to complete the financial tables as outlined by facilitators and to help outline what it will cost to start the idea as well as what it will cost to run, using established financial accounting practices, with all notes made in the spreadsheet for the judges to review. These financial tables should connect with what is written in the Business Case.


Requirements: Teams should upload the financial tables through the Resources website.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
6. Use of Digital Technology0%
7. Real World Application0%
Business Case [17.50%]

Due: Thursday 10:30 am
Purpose: Clearly present the reason for the solution to exist and how it will be implemented.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric


Outline: When presenting a new idea, it is important to clearly outline the research that has gone on, what the idea is in detail and how it will be put into place over time. Teams will write this out in their Business Case using the template provided and be presented in a report format as introduced through the challenge. Teams should carefully explain the details and the justification for their decisions, remembering that most judges will not have seen anything else of your work before this, so will only learn of your idea through this document. The Business Case should connect with the Financial Tables the team has to complete.


Requirements: Teams should upload the document (as a PDF preferably) through the Resources Page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
6. Use of Digital Technology0%
7. Real World Application0%
Pitch Deck Presentation [20.00%]

Due: Thursday from 11:15 am
Purpose: Professionally present your idea for investment and support.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric


Outline: Even after all of the hard work in your written documents, it is important to be able to present your idea to stakeholders verbally. Teams are required to present a Pitch Deck presentation within a maximum of four (4) minutes, using the provided template and are allowed to use a PowerPoint presentation to support the presentation. Teams should focus on sharing the work they have done and clearly present a resolved idea to the judges.

Requirements: Teams will be called forward in a random order to present, so every team should be ready to start at the beginning of the session. Teams will be allowed a maximum of four (4) minutes to present, with questions from judges to follow. For teams that choose to use slides to support their presentation, these must be submitted in advance to prepare them for display.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
6. Use of Digital Technology0%
7. Real World Application0%
Pressure Cooker [7.50%]

Due: Friday 11:45 am
Purpose: Teams must show their problem-solving skills and how well they are prepared as a group.
Template: Judging Rubric


Outline: Despite putting time into developing the idea, sometimes situations occur that you have not planned for but still need to solve. The Pressure Cooker simulates such a situation, with the team required to collaborate to find a creative solution to the problem. Teams will use sheets within their binder to complete the task and will need to carefully follow the instructions outlined below as well as the facilitator’s guidance. The task is also timed, with penalties for handing any work in late.


The Pressure Cooker: TBC

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
7. Real World Application0%
Demonstration Hall [7.50%]

Due: Friday, set up from 12:00 pm | Voting from 2:10 pm
Purpose: Presenting a prototype of your solution to customers and industry alike.
Template: Examples from Previous Years


Outline: With all of the effort put into the idea so far, it is important to present it as close to the real thing as possible. This prototype will be exhibited with other displays within the Demonstration Hall, that will be opened to the public so they can ask questions and understand your idea in more depth. Teams must adhere to the following requirements;

  • Only one table will be provided per team, and a limited amount of floor space can be used per team.
  • Teams will be given a maximum of thirty (30) minutes to set up. No extra time will be given, so plan ahead in advance and prepare.
  • Food can be displayed but no food can be handed out to the general public. This is due to food safety regulations.
  • Nothing can be hung directly onto a wall. If teams require to hang something, everything should be bought to hang it on as some teams may not have a wall behind them.
  • Teams may not be near a powerpoint, so plan ahead about this.
  • Bring all of the resources you need to set up everything (scissors, sticky tape, etc.) as well.
  • The display must be packed up at the end of the program.

Requirements: Teams will need to set up their Demonstration Hall site as outlined in the program, and also have people at the site throughout the voting times to talk about the idea as well as answer questions.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
7. Real World Application0%

Troubleshooting & Helpful Information


If your team is having an issue, work through these three things;


  • Check the Resources website. This website has lots of information on it, so please check the task outlines for any assistance that is already provided.
  • Check Collaborate. You might not be the only team asking this question – so check the recent conversations to see if your question has already been answered.
  • Ask the Facilitators or on Collaborate. If you haven’t found the answer, please ask just ask the question. If you are asking online, please avoid using the direct message feature, as it is useful for other teams to know the answer too.
Expectations For The Challenge

Organisation & Time Management are Critical

  • Attend all sessions on time. Keep track of the time, and make sure you are ready for sessions when they begin to make the most of the information that is shared.
  • Set how you work best. As the challenge progresses, you will be in charge of your own agenda. Consider how you can be productive and get the most out of every team member.
  • Deadlines are strict. If your work is handed in after the deadline, it will get a zero mark. Make sure you plan ahead and keep accountable.
  • Awards Ceremony. There is an awards ceremony at the end of the challenge, and it is a fantastic celebration of everything that you and your team has achieved. Make every attempt to be there.


Use the Resources Provided

  • Use your Team Binder to help. The binder has checklists, outlines for some tasks, and helpful resources. Keep your materials together too within the binder – but don’t lose it!
  • Use Collaborate. Collaborate is our online chat platform that we give access to all teams, to ask questions, get updates and provide assistance throughout the challenge.
  • Use the Resources website. This website has task outlines, templates and much more – make the most of it as these will help you complete the challenge and stay on track.
  • Use technology to access relevant information. You will need to complete research and access other websites to help – use technology productively to make the most of what you can access.


Behaviour Expectations

  • Respect others – within your team, in the program and around us. This goes without saying, and while the challenge provides a different environment, school rules still apply.
Core Challenge

This is the problem or central issue that each team’s solution has to address. Please read the Core Challenge carefully, as your business needs to meet this to be able to win major awards throughout the week.


Australia has often been called the lucky country and it has not been hard to find statistics that support this. Many of us have homes, cars, running water in our homes and access to education. The United Nations ranks Australia as the third best country for quality of life (behind Norway and Switzerland)1, but juxtaposed against this we have more than 700 million people in the Asia Pacific region living in poverty (which makes up about two thirds of the world’s poor)2 and there are countless economic and social issues within Australia.


Although, the events of this year has seen a huge shift in every nation around the world, with countless job losses, family tragedies and more pressure on government and welfare systems than ever before. Communities have been hit hard and now is the time to step up, support each other and rebuild.


Social entrepreneurs are business minded individuals who are coming up with solutions to these issues, creating businesses that meet a customer need but also support a cause that others also care about. While there is no formal recognition or accreditation for social enterprises, there are marketplaces such as Social Traders which define social enterprises as meeting the following criteria;

  1. Are driven by a public or community cause, be it social, environmental, cultural or economic
  2. Derive most of their income from trade, not donations or grants
  3. Use the majority (at least 50%) of their profits to work towards their social mission 3


Your focus for the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is to design a social enterprise that supports an issue within the local community. You have to develop the product or service that you will offer to customers, prototype it using resources available to you, and design up the business case to showcase that the enterprise will make the desired impact. The only other requirements are that the way your business supports the community must be done in a way that connects with the operations of your business (i.e. not simply just giving cash away). Also, your business start up cost cannot exceed $100 000.


To fully outline your solution, your team must produce;

  • a business case that justifies and explains your proposed solution,
  • supporting financial information that proves the viability and benefit of the solution,
  • a pitch deck presentation that gets key stakeholders and the community excited about your solution,
  • a marketing campaign that outlines your thinking and creative approaches to promoting your solution,
  • a demonstration site for your idea so people can experience a prototype of it for themselves,
  • a number of problem-solving exercises throughout the challenge,
  • and a number of other tasks to help set a strong foundation for the challenge.


Good luck!



  1. UNDP 2018, Human Development Reports, last viewed March 2020, <>
  2. Asian Development Bank 2014, Redefining Poverty in Asia and the Pacific, last viewed March 2020. <>
  3. Social Traders 2020, What is a Social Enterprise?, last viewed March 2020. <>
Schedule | Day 1
09:00 am Launch of the Challenge
Topic Presentation
11:20 am Problem Framing
11:50 am Collaboration & Market Research
1:20 pm The Innovation Process
2:15 pm Problem Frame Due [Gate Check]
2:30 pm Afternoon Review
Team MOU Due
Solution Canvas Due
Schedule | Day 2


09:00 am Panel Presentation Briefing
09:15 am Panel Presentation
11:00 pm Morning Briefing
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Team Agenda Due
12:o0 pm Public Speaking Session
12:40 pm Elevator Pitch Due
Resource Website Check Due
01:20 pm Afternoon Workshop
02:30 pm Afternoon Review
03:00 pm Planning Canvas Due
Schedule | Day 3


09:00 am Morning Briefing
09:15 am Marketing & Communications
Formal Writing & the Business Case
09:30 am Team Agenda Due
11:30 am Market Research Due
12:30 pm Draft Financials Due
1:45 pm Draft Business Case Due
2:30 pm Draft Business Case Due
2:30 pm Afternoon Review
Marketing Strategy Due
Schedule | Day 4
09:00 am Morning Briefing
09:30 am Team Agenda Due
02:05 pm Business Case Due
Financials Due
02:30 pm Marketing Materials Due
Afternoon Review
4:00 pm Pitch Deck Slides Due
5:00 pm Business Launch Storyboard
Schedule | Day 5
09:00 am Morning Briefing
09:15 am Pitch Deck Presentation
11:10 am Pressure Cooker
12:00 pm Demonstration Hall Setup
01:20 pm Student Review
Group Photo
2:10 pm Demonstration Hall Voting
2:25 pm Awards
Help from a CA with your Financials

Preparing your financial documents can be hard for most people – so illuminate Education have worked closely with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (who are definitely the experts in this space!) to help you out.


There are video guides to help you prepare your financial statements with useful tips along the way that you can use as you develop your statements, as well as heaps of great resources that could help you open up some great career options.


All you need to do is click here and you’ll get access to the resources.

Treat Yo' Shelves

To help teams understand what needs to be completed in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, the team at illuminate Education Australia have created a sample set of documents for almost all of the submissions in the challenge. They were completed under time pressure so are not perfect submissions in any way – and we believe that as you have more people on your team and more time, you should be able to do far better than what is presented here. However they will give you some insights on what the templates and tasks are asking you to do, and help you stay on track.


The business idea presented is Treat Yo’ Shelves which was developed for our social enterprise challenge, based on a bookstore and cafe space that is a vibrant space for younger people to enjoy, which has a literacy program delivered in the space as well to help people read. Examples of some tasks are below to help you out;