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Showcasing The Next Generation Of Young Innovators, Entrepreneurs And Leaders

With so many young people leading projects in their communities, the Next Gen Awards have been created as an opportunity to showcase our next generation of young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across the country.

Entries for this awards program are open to Australian primary and high school students in Grades 4-12, and their educators. The Next Gen Awards features six award categories to acknowledge young people that are building their 21st-century skills, as well as the educators supporting them along the way.

The 2024 awards program features a range of opportunities for young people to build their skills, grow their networks, and showcase the impactful work they are leading in their communities.

If you are a young innovator, entrepreneur, or leader working to make a difference and bring your ideas to life, make sure to nominate now! 

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The Australian Next Gen Awards 2023 - Showcasing The Next Generation Of Young Innovators, Entrepreneurs And Changemakers

Nominations Open On The 15th Of April 2024 

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Award Categories

In 2024, we are excited to offer six award categories to recognise the most future-focused young people and educators from across the country. Each category is open to students in Grades 4-12 in Australia, as well as educators teaching at an Australian primary or high school. The categories are as follows:

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Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

The Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award will go to a student who has developed and demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills in order to bring their business idea to life in a scalable way.

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Young Leader Of The Year

The Young Leader Of The Year award will go to a student who has made a significant impact in their local community through the development of their leadership abilities.

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Next Gen Of The Year

The Next Gen Of The Year award will go to a young person who has demonstrated a versatile skill set across various projects as they work to get a head start on their chosen pathway.

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Young Innovator Of The Year

The Young Innovator Of The Year award will go to a student who has demonstrated the ability to push the boundaries as they have developed an out-of-the-box solution to a challenge presented to them.

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Innovative Educator Of The Year

The Innovative Educator Of The Year award will go to an educator who has gone above and beyond in their pursuit to educate and empower the next generation of young innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers.

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Dream Team Of The Year

The Dream Team Of The Year Award celebrates a team that has demonstrated exceptional collaboration skills as they have brought an innovative or impactful project to life.

Nominations for the 2024 Next Gen Awards open on the 15th of April 2024. Subcribe now to stay up to date! 

Virtual Masterclasses

As part of the Next Gen Awards program, we're hosting free virtual masterclasses to help inspire and empower young people and their educators across the country. Free to attend and taking place after school, these virtual masterclasses have been designed to help you build your skills, learn from community changemakers, and develop your networks. Our 2024 line up of masterclasses can be found below: 

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Showcase Your Skills

2nd May 2024 | 5:15 - 6:15pm AEST 

Join us for a free virtual masterclass to discover effective strategies for showcasing your skills in various contexts, from grant applications to award nominations to job interviews.

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Digital Influencers

13th June 2024 | 5:15 - 6:15pm AEST 

Join us for a free virtual masterclass to help you build your influence on social media, grow your audience and start showcasing your ideas as an aspiring young professional.

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Top Tools Masterclass

12th September 2024 | 5:15 - 6:15pm AEST 

Our Top Tools Masterclass will see attendees dive into the top low/no-cost softwares, websites, and platforms to help you bring your ideas to life while you're still in school.  

Make sure to head to our Virtual Masterclass Page to explore our full library of virtual masterclasses, including the recorded masterclasses from 2023.

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Open To All Primary And High School Students & Educators Across Australia

2023 In Review

Our 2023 Next Gen Awards program saw 10 award winners announced at our National and West Australian award ceremonies with over 1,000 people tuning in and over 645 people joining us for our virtual masterclasses. In the inaugural year of the awards program, this is what was achieved:

“It was truly an unforgettable evening that left an impression on me, and I can’t wait to see what future years have to offer. The combination of great food, inspiring speakers, entertainment, laughter, and thought-provoking words made it an extraordinary and enriching experience.”

- Laura Potts, Fogarty Foundation

To watch the replay of our 2023 award ceremonies, meet our judges, and connect with our award finalists and winners, make sure to head to our 2023 Awards Page!

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Showcasing The Next Generation Of Top Young Talent

Key Dates 

The Next Gen Awards 2024 will officially launch in 2024 with a curated program of masterclasses, events, and engagement opportunities throughout the year. Key dates for our 2024 awards program can be found below:

Nominations

Open

15th April 2024

Digital Influencers Masterclass

13th June 2024

Judging

Commences

5th August 2024

West Australian

Showcase Event

9th October 2024

2nd May 2024

Showcase Your Skills

 Masterclass

15th July 2024

Nominations Close

12th September 2024

Finalists

Announced

16th October 2024

National Awards Ceremony

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Nominations Open On The 15th Of April 2024

Nominate Now

Nominate Now

Nominations for the 2024 Next Gen Awards will be opening on the 15th of April and will be open until the 15th of July 2024. Nominations are open to all students in Grades 4-12 across Australia as well as K-12 educators currently teaching at a school in Australia. 

To keep up to date with award updates, important information, and to be notified when nominations open, make sure to subscribe now! 

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The Australian Next Gen Awards 2023 - Showcasing The Next Generation Of Young Innovators, Entrepreneurs And Changemakers

Showcasing Our Next Generation Of Young Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Leaders!

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To keep up to date with important information, award updates, and key dates, make sure to follow the links below and join the Next Gen network!

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