Design Led Ventures

2021 Design Led Ventures

Expression your Interest

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It is that time of year for Year 7-12 students to express your interest in our exciting Design Led Venture Program (DLV) for 2021.

You have the opportunity to work with companies, government and/or community organisations to:

  • understand their industry and business,
  • interact with stakeholders (customers, employees, managers, suppliers etc),
  • hone their design thinking skills, and
  • work as a team to present the best solution to the client.

These organisations need the creative minds of our students to help them solve real problems and challenges and present innovative, fresh ideas.

Joining a DLV is a great way for students to develop and demonstrate the leadership qualities and values our Global Citizenship Program and workplace skills.

Expressions of interest are open until Friday April 23, 2021.




Design Led Ventures (DLV) enable learners and organisations to grow as innovative thinkers through developing innovative functional solutions that enhance how we live. The DLV is underpinned by a design led process which provides opportunities for learners to understand authentic needs and issues within a variety of context.

As participants travel along the DLV Pathway to Innovation they work within three iterative design phases of Engage, Ideate and Prototype to create and convey novel ideas and functional solutions that meet a need or issue relative to a specific context. In developing a solution there may be entrepreneurial opportunities where the solution can be further investigated and implemented


2020 Design Led Venture

Over the course of 15 weeks, 20 students from St Paul’s School in North Brisbane across Years 7-12 were engaged by two companies to help them solve business improvement challenges as part of a Design Led Venture.

The two companies were RACQ’s Youth Division (Free 2 Go), which specialises in insurance for people aged 16-24, and Anti-Ordinary, a startup which has designed a skiing/snowboarding helmet that looks like a beanie.

2019 Design Led Venture

A group of students from Years 6 to 12 took part in a Design Led Venture which worked with the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS) to understand and identify a need, opportunity or problem to resolve. The students worked through an iterative design-led process to deliver an innovative solution.

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