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Activator’s micro-courses introduce some key enterprise concepts and approaches that are useful regardless of career path. We can help you map these into the curriculum, or we can offer these as extra-curricular learning resources. These micro-courses are designed with industry, accessible at any time and practice-based.

Skill-up Workshops

We want our community to be work-ready. Our face-to-face, 3 to 4 hour work – shops are collaborative, hands-on and activity-based. You will walk away with a specific skill that you can apply right away to get the job done.



It all starts with you. Define your personal purpose and identify appropriate strategies to overcome personal challenges.

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July 26

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All effective solutions begin with the end-user. Empathise with potential customers through personas and empathy mapping techniques.

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August 1

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Ideas can come from anywhere. Experiment with divergent and convergent ideation techniques to develop creative perspectives.

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August 9

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Know what makes a business or product tick. Identify how an idea stands out from others and understand what leads to an unfair advantage.

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August 14

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Think about the value that can created. Test your assumptions and design a product that is useful, valuable and necessary.

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July 3

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Business models are more useful than business plans. Use lean thinking to complete a lean business canvas and prepare to build, measure, learn.

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August 30

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Experience is everything. Use data to gain customer insights and develop an end-to-end customer journey.

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September 5

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Don’t invest in a product first; invest in a trial. Develop a Minimum Viable Product that will give you customer insight and allow you to iterate.

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September 13

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Think creatively to find a niche. Use guerilla marketing techniques and smart customer
acquisition processes to gain traction quickly.

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September 19

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Projects are only as successful as the team is effective. Recognise how agile practices can lead to quality team outcomes.

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September 26

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Tell your story well. Understand the audience, craft a narrative and feel comfortable pitching an idea. Leave with a practiced pitch.

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October 4

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Community Events

We care about our community. Quite often we host events that inspire, educate and challenge you to think big and to be bold. This could be anything from a pizza night to an industry panel. Whatever the event, we do it for you.

See the calendar below for upcoming Community Events.

Activator IGNITE

Spark your interest in entrepreneurship with this short course.

Activator IGNITE will provide you a foundational understanding of the entrepreneurship process and mindset and inspire you to build something that is purposeful and impactful. Co-created with industry, this blended 2-day intensive hand-on workshop will leave you with a better understanding of what it takes to launch a successful business.

Ideas brewing

Upcoming Learning Experiences

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

August 02, 2018 09 : 30 - 17 : 00

Activator IGNITE

If you are new to the entrepreneurship wave, this is the program for you. In 2 days we will cover the fundamentals of the entrepreneurial mindset and allow you to build your Read More...



Skill Up Workshop

August 09, 2018 01 : 00 - 04 : 30

How to Develop an Idea

Ideas can come from anywhere. In this intensive workshop, we'll show you how to create and develop ideas. Over three and a half hours we'll cover everything you need Read More...



Activator Showcase

August 13, 2018 17 : 30 - 19 : 00

Startup Showcase

As part of RMIT's Entrepreneurship Week, we’re having a Startup Showcase! Don’t miss the chance to meet our startups, learn about internship opportunities and network with Read More...



Local Hero Meetup

August 14, 2018 10 : 00 - 11 : 00

Meet Founder of Orenda Magazine, Sophia Ireland

Ever thought of launching your own startup but not sure how to manage your study load or work commitments? Introducing Sophia Ireland, editor-in-chief Read More...



The Creative Entrepreneur: From Idea to Success

August 17, 2018 12 : 00 - 01 : 30

The Creative Entrepreneur:From Idea To Success for RMIT Entrepreneurship Week

Setting up your own business can be an exciting experience. But you need to be aware of what’s involved in running Read More...



Our Pillars

Our Activator community embodies what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Our community are:

See opportunities everywhere.

Creative Problem Solvers.
Ask the right questions.

Tech literate.
Use your instrument wisely.

Team players.
Be a part of the bigger game.

Emotionally Intelligent.
Embrace emotional effort.

Make things happen.


Is Activator just for students?

No, not at all. The entire RMIT community is welcome- that includes staff, faculty and alumni. And students of course.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Everything we do here is completely free for RMIT students, staff and alumni.

Do I have to do any assessment?

No. In everything we do here we try to be different from the formal education elsewhere in the university. So we are free, we are bite-sized, we are hands-on, and we certainly don’t have any assessment.

Where do I go to find out more about upcoming events, workshops and courses?

This website is the place to go for all details. Though if you’re interested, sign up to our mailing list below and you’ll get regular updates.

Do I need to register?

Yes, please register here on the website. It’s really important for us to track our registration numbers, and also we need to know how many people to expect so the facilitators can be prepared.

How do I register for events and workshops?

This website is the best place to go to register. Go through to the event/workshop page and register there.

Can I bring a friend along, even if they’re not from RMIT?

Yes, you can. While we very much focussed on the immediate RMIT community, we put our community first. So, if you feel more comfortable to engage with us if you bring along a friend from outside the RMIT community, we’re not going to stop you. Just make sure they register as well.

What time are the workshops held?

They vary, but usually our workshops are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons or evenings. Every now and then we will run a workshop on a Saturday. All workshops run for three and a half hours, which includes a break. If you think our times aren’t suiting you, but you’re desperate to come, email us and let us know – hello.activator@rmit.edu.au.

Where are the events and workshops held?

All Activator experiences and courses are held at Activator HQ. Find us in Building 98, 102 Victoria Street, Carlton. Just opposite the city baths.

Will there be food provided at the workshops?

Not usually. There’s plenty of food options around though, or you can bring your own along. Every now and again we may surprise you though with some dinner – just to keep you on your toes!

I’m an RMIT student and I have a lot of other university commitments, why should I come to a three and a half hour workshop with Activator on top of everything else?

Activator can actually enhance your other university education. Here you can learn things like communication and presenting, and project and time management skills which may actually make you more effective and efficient in your degree. Also, developing entrepreneurship skills alongside technical skills – such as engineering, design, fashion or science – will make you more employable when you finish up your formal education and start looking for a job.

Will I get the slides after a workshop or course?

Yes after every workshop you will receive a follow up which will include the slides.

If I register, but can’t make it, will I still get the slides?

No. Only attendees will get the slides. Sorry. But really, the slides aren’t that important. All of our learning experiences are very hands-on, and so generally the slides don’t mean much. It’s really about coming along and experiencing the learning.