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2019 Telstra Emerging & Energised
After spending 15 years in the innovation and commercialisation market, Michael wanted to share his knowledge and empower the next generation of innovators. Along with his wife Fiona, together they noticed a significant gap between what students are taught today versus what they need for future-ready careers.
Aimed at inspiring tomorrow’s innovators, the team of educators helps children develop skills in STEM to prepare them for a future where they can make a difference.
The combined experience in the team of 15+ years in education and global innovation projects has inspired them to build the business into a change-maker in STEM education.
In 2019, the team won the Telstra Business Awards Queensland Emerging & Energised Award.
“Winning a Telstra Award has been amazing for us. As a fast-growing small business, the PR opportunities and media attention have put us on the map both in Australia and around the world. It’s a journey we went through as a team that has helped us achieve an even better culture and means we can get through any hurdle as a tight, strong team,” said Holmstrom.
Holmstrom’s approach to business has always been to “fail fast, in a cost-effective way” to enable a process of rapid customer-validation of an idea before going too far. It’s how STEM Punks got off the ground and how it has become such a success.
Today, with a much larger team and delivering STEM programs all over Australasia – they still apply the same business development principle of failing-fast.
During COVID-19 with face-to-face classes being cancelled, the business was forced to transform like many others. The team fast-tracked its online expansion in six weeks instead of two years, reaching students all over the world in the middle of the pandemic that forced many to stay home.
From drone flying workshops to learning how to make robotics, STEM Punks continues to provide fun and hands-on learning experience through online and in-person workshops and build confidence in young students to solve the problems of the future.