// A looming skills shortage needs innovative education solutions, with applications for Future Minds Accelerator closing 23 March.
The Future Minds Accelerator is part of a new four-year program, targeted at school-age learners.
Developed by a collaboration of Rio Tinto, leading startup accelerator BlueChilli, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the program aims to prepare young Australians’ for the digital future, fast-tracking essential skills for the future workforce such as critical thinking, problem-solving, automation, systems design, and data analytics.
“It is vital that we focus on up-skilling the next generation of the workforce with the very skills that are in demand to continue to remain competitive in the global digital economy,” said Sarah Bassett, Head of Resource Industries for Australia and New Zealand, Amazon Web Services.
The program will initially focus on startups with an existing product or technology that is aimed at enhancing future skills that can be scaled up quickly for the use of students, teachers and parents.
“Rapid technological change is transforming our lives, and the pace of change is only increasing, challenging our ability to attract, develop and retain the talent needed to run our operations of the future. Workers with transferable skills including broad- based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths (STEAM) are critical for Australia’s future productivity and global competitiveness,” said Jean-Sébastien Jacques, CEO of Rio Tinto.
Up to 15 startups at the scale up stage will be selected, gaining access to new customers and markets, a $50,000 grant from Rio Tinto, as well as training and mentoring from BlueChilli, and AWS’ support and up to $100,000 in AWS Activate Credits.
There are no criteria around revenue or capital raised for applicants.
Startups aren’t the only ones to be considered though, with the door open for non-startups such as not-for-profits as well.
For full details please visit futuremindsaccelerator.com