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MC8 Entrepreneurship Programme

MC8 is an extra-curricular Entrepreneurship Programme offered by Mercedes College designed to help students develop their ideas into something tangible and expand them beyond the classroom.

Students learn how to realise their dream idea with expertise from those who have done it before. They will investigate what makes a successful start-up, and discover how to incub8, id8, evalu8, cre8, and ultimately acceler8 their entrepreneurial talents. Participants will follow the process of evolving an idea and learn about the importance of business models, innovation, customer testing, and problem-solving through the principles of design thinking. The aim of the programme is to assist participants to see their business ideas become a tangible reality.

MC8 is an extension of the thinking, collaborative and problem solving skills already delivered through the International Baccalaureate (IB) and SACE in the Middle and Senior Schools. Held on Tuesday afternoons in Terms 2 and 3, it is for students who want to develop their own ideas or build their entrepreneurial spirit and skills to create their own future in the global economy.

2019 Registrations

Students in Years 8-10 are invited to join the MC8 Entrepreneurship Programme. Applications are due by Friday 5 April 2019 by email to Mr Ashley Coats -

In your application to Mr Coats please:

  1. Outline any experience or involvement you have had in innovation. This might include trialling new methods of performing tasks, developing new ideas or testing
  2. Identify your understanding of entrepreneurship – how would you define this concept?
  3. How do you see the principles of entrepreneurship benefitting society? What might be the advantages to others from having a culture of entrepreneurship?
  4. What potential ideas do you have about entrepreneurship? Have you got an idea that you want to develop further? Give some details of this idea here.

2019 Course Information

The first Acceler8 Day will be held in the school holidays on Monday 29 April from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Mercedes College. This is an introductory full day to kickstart your involvement in MC8 and the remainder of the programme is conducted after school during the school term.

The Acceler8 Day is followed by seventeen sessions across Terms 3 and 4 on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, intending to culminate in a presentation of the business model development to actual investors.

Cost and Positions 

The cost to join this extra-curricular programme is $100 to cover some of the resources and materials required. Only 30 places are available and will be allocated based on the criteria for entry above.