The Adaptor Project

The Adaptor Project

Applications for November 2020 intake are now open.

Learn the skills, develop the toolkit, and build your capabilities, to deliver high quality enterprise programs that prepare your students for the future of work.

Educators play a critical role in developing and supporting young peoples transition to an increasingly complex and uncertain workplace – a workplace that demands new skills, tools and mindset to help flourish.

The Adaptor Project (TAP) is designed to provide high-quality high school teachers with the toolkit to design and deliver exceptional enterprise learning experiences that prepare students for alternative and new career pathways.

Why should I get involved?

What does the learning journey look like?

Application Process

What does the time commitment look like?

TAP November 2020 intake will run over (2 x 4hours) sessions.

  • Learning about the personal innovation imperative, and aligning purpose
  • Identifying opportunities for change and value creation
  • Being customer-centric and getting to know the customer
  • Developing solutions and testing these solutions
  • Building early stage business models around a great product or service
  • Presenting and telling your story

Our experts

Dan Sleeman
Head of Products & Education, RMIT Activator

Dan is the Head of Product and Education at RMIT Activator – the entrepreneurship and innovation hub of RMIT. Dan believes in the power of education to foster genuine positive and meaningful change. He works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and education, and fights to bring about change in the way we educate for the skills of the future. Throughout his career, Dan has applied a product design approach to designing, developing and facilitating great learning experiences. He combines his work as a practitioner with a keen interest in research – with a particular focus on experiential learning and educational strategy.

Darren Sutton
Founder, The Common Purpose Collective

The Common Purpose Collective was founded in 2016 with the intention of making it easy for business to make a positive difference to the lives of their stakeholders.

Darren, himself, enjoys working on both big, complex business problems at enterprise level. He has worked with the likes of NAB, Westpac and Australia Post. Equally, Darren also find the greatest satisfaction to help new ventures founders bridge the gap between good ideas and outstanding execution on solutions that are desirable, viable and feasible.

Dylan Bennett
Senior Education Product Advisor, RMIT Activator

Dylan is a seasoned educator with a decade of global experience in education. His focus is on the intersection of higher education and best practice online and experiential learning design.

Determined to be Jack-of-all-trades, master of some, Dylan’s eclectic experiences intertwine theatre, music and sports with business founder, high school maths teacher, applied behaviour analyst and online learner accessibility consultant to craft unique and impactful learning experiences.

Program delivery partners


Applications for November 2020 intake are now open.



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Eligibility criteria

  • At least one founding member has to be RMIT Staff, Student or Alumni
  • Demonstrate a working MVP
  • Can work part or full-time from the CBD co-working space
  • Commitment to key program activities including weekly stand-ups every Monday at 10am– 11:30am
Induction day.

What we look for

  • Unique value proposition
  • Evidence of customer engagement
  • High impact potential
  • A team with complementary skills
  • Commitment to building a business
  • Open-mindedness and coachability
  • Eagerness to engage with a community

Key Program Dates

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer