Sunbury College students have had a crash course in being entrepreneurs.

Year 10s Hayley, Ellie and John were among dozens of students tasked with refreshing Hume council’s Multiversity further education program as part of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, which involved students across six schools.

Supervising teacher Chris Fellows said students learned about a broad range of business topics, including strategic planning, finance, marketing and pitching ideas.

“The kids had to develop a business plan to reinvigorate the Hume Multiversity initiative,” Mr Fellows said.

“They were asked to design a model to see how could we make it more successful.

“Our kids came up with new marketing strategies to make it more accessible to a multicultural community and developed social media pages.

“It was designed to improve their business engagement and understanding of how business works..

“It was a great opportunity to work on a real project – that’s what they loved the most.”

Hume mayor Geoff Porter said the illuminate:nextgen Challenge was a valuable experience.

“The aim of the week is to inspire young people and support them to come up with new ideas that drive change,” Cr Porter said.