Date/Deadline: 24 Oct, 2019

How can we encourage teenagers to be more active?

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Education and Training are seeking new ways to encourage Victorian teenagers to engage in physical activity, beyond that of organised sport.

This challenge is a great opportunity to disrupt the way Victorian teens exercise with new innovations from HealthTech and SportsTech, key strengths of the State’s startup ecosystem.

Beyond organised sports: What is active recreation and active travel?

This challenge is specifically looking at promoting participation in active recreation and active travel, exercise we do outside of structured, competition sport in our spare time, or on the way somewhere, like:

– gym workouts
– rock climbing
– cycling
– skateboarding
– running/jogging
– aerobics/exercising activities
– swimming

So, what’s the problem?
Today, only 1 in 4 Victorian students are meeting National Guidelines for 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

What are we looking for in a solution?
Given the drop off in participation in secondary school, the team are seeking to promote alternative forms of exercise like active recreation and active travel in teens.

Who are the end-users?
– Young people and families
– Active recreation providers
– Local councils
– Schools
– Community/public health organisations

Why are they focused on this?

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Sport, Recreation and Racing Branch) is dedicated to supporting Victoria’s sport and recreation sector and inspiring Victorians to get active. Active Victoria – a strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria, is a blueprint that sets out future Victorian priorities and strategies in the sport and recreation sector.

The Department of Education and Training is making Victoria the Education State by building an education system that produces excellence and reduces the impact of disadvantage. One of the Education State targets is ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ – building the resilience of our children, and encouraging them to be more physically active.

What is the opportunity for the successful startup?
In the near term during the program, this challenge would have up to $185,000 in funding which includes:
• $5,000 for the Pre-accelerator Stage to fine tune your proposal
• $30,000 for the Acceleration Stage to develop an MVP
• $150,000 for the contract during the Implementation Stage to fully develop and deliver the solution
The epidemic of physical inactivity is a global problem, so beyond the program, the solution could be implemented in jurisdictions within Australia and across the world.

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