PwC 21C Minds program winds up for 2016

In 2015, PwC developed the 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program to unearth, grow and scale Australia’s best STEM education initiatives. Twenty initiatives, including the National Youth Science Forum, were selected to be involved, and the program has operated throughout 2016. The final program workshops were held in November, prior to presentation pitching events held in Sydney and Melbourne.

These final workshops were facilitated by Education Changemakers, with contributions from The Difference Social Impact team and The School of Life, and allowed the initiatives one last formal opportunity to engage with each other, and consider possibilities for further collaboration.

“The PwC 21C Minds program has been an extremely valuable experience for the NYSF,” said CEO, Dr Damien Pearce. “It has allowed us to fast-track some of the development work we had already been undertaking, and in addition, it offered insights into the activities of other groups working the STEM arena, who we might be able to work with collaboratively in the future.”

Working with the PwC Canberra Mentors

Working with the PwC 21C Minds Mentors

“But perhaps most importantly, the support from the PwC Canberra mentor team, led by Ken Maxwell, has provided us with some clear directions for our future business development activities, and for some of our processes. We cannot emphasise how important accessing this support has been for us at this critical time in the public STEM discourse.”

PwC will be working with two of the 21CM initiatives in 2017 to further their development objectives.

PwC’s 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program

The National Youth Science Forum has been selected to take part in PwC’s 21st Century Minds (21CM) Accelerator Program.

21CM is designed to unearth, grow and scale Australia’s best STEM education initiatives focused on building Australia’s pipeline of innovators and problem solvers.

NYSF is one of 20 organisations selected to take part in the initiative through an intense and bespoke acceleration process, which will help the NYSF achieve rapid and effective scale.

“Being selected to be part of this program is very exciting for the NYSF,” says CEO of the NYSF, Dr Damien Pearce. “It will allow us to access a strategic planning process to support our existing work in this area, as well as opening up networks for future activities.”

The program provides access to the PwC’s probono services, a mentor team, the opportunity to access skills, expertise, products or unique resources of collaborators and the potential to pitch at the 21CM event in late 2016 that will be attended by PwC, program supporters and other interested investors.