How It Works

Welcome to the GI Challenge – a challenge for 15 to 25 year olds to start their own businesses.

The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the GI Challenge connects budding young entrepreneurs with the marketplace in a way never seen before. By throwing together the old and the new, we’re uncovering the next breed of business gurus on the Sunshine Coast.

Stage 1: Signing Up

Young entrepreneurs who think they have what it takes to start their own business apply to contest the GI Challenge.

Stage 2: Originate

Participants come together for a one-day face-to-face Originate Summit where the Entrepreneurs develop their business ideas/concepts with training from the GI team and guidance from their Mentors.  After the Originate Summit, the Entrepreneurs attend two online Bootcamps to further refine their business ideas/concepts, build out their business models and kick start their market research.

Stage 3: Polish

During the Polish phase, the Entrepreneurs work with the GI team, their Mentors and a number of specialist Gurus to finalise their business concepts.  They also start planning to present their Ventures to the Shortlisting Panel - a panel of local business experts.

Stage 4: Business Panel

Entrepreneurs present their Ventures to the Shortlisting Panel, a panel of local business leaders, hoping to secure their place as one of the top three finalist Ventures that will continue on in the GI Challenge.

Stage 5: Develop the Pitch

The top three finalist Ventures work with GI's videographer and marketing team to develop their video Pitches.  The video Pitches showcase the Entrepreneurs' Ventures and are critical to deciding the ultimate winner the GI Challenge.

Stage 6: Pitch Night

The top three finalist Ventures are judged by a Panel of local business experts and young entrepreneurs (GI Challenge Alumni) and the winner of the GI Challenge is decided and announced.