I’m Mitchell – the founder of Hey Startup!

If I were introducing a new platform to my students, I’d want to know who made it and why.

Here's some of the questions that lead me to Hey Startup!

How might we inspire the next generation?

By delivering content that provides opportunities for agency and impact.

How might we deliver content that provides opportunities for agency and impact?

By creating content that has meaning and purpose, and facilitates heuristic learning.

How might we create content that has meaning and purpose and facilitates heuristic learning?

By building lessons around real world stories in which students can apply the skills that they learn.

How might we build lessons around real world stories in which students can apply the skills that they learn?

By delivering engaging project-based learning, and providing real-world context to learning outcomes.

Introducing

So what's my story?

I grew up and went to school on Bribie Island. As a student, I found school to be too ‘easy’ and without a challenge I quickly lost interest.

Being disinterested in school led to me dodging classes, missing assignments, and faking sick days - after all, ‘none of it matters’, right? I graduated highschool at 16 without a QCE and quickly realised that it did matter, all of it, and that I was grossly underprepared for the world as it was.

I was keen to make a change in the world and decided the best way to do that was to tackle the problems that I faced as a student and to help ensure they it didn’t happen to anyone else. A local teacher saw my passion and agreed to mentor me in education pedagogy – that planted a seed that never stopped growing. I got stuck into tutoring, after-school care and volunteering for disadvantaged youth, I did a bridging course to get my QCE and began studying Primary Education.

I then dropped out of university and spent time travelling the world as a private teacher, during this time I focused on learning different pedagogies’ and approaches to learning. Somewhere along the way I became fascinated with project-based learning and entrepreneurship. What happened next?

You’re looking at it.

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