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News Corp has always been an organisation that pushes the boundaries and challenges the status quo.

News Bolt is about being Bold in our quest to Innovate, Collaborate and Disrupt

How we are keeping innovation alive
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What does this mean?
What is News Bolt?

News Bolt is about working together, unlocking disruptive innovation in our business and building the next generation products and services.

We’re looking for brilliant ideas from our people across the country. Ideas to help grow the business and develop your career.

We challenge you to participate in 2018 with big, bold, creative ideas to help continue the legacy of our company’s innovative spirit.

Who is Slingshot?

We’ve partnered with Slingshot, Australia’s leading corporate accelerator, who has delivered innovation programs for iconic brands like Qantas, Caltex and Lion.

At the core of Slingshot’s offer is an 8-week accelerator program which will bring our best five ideas to life in the form of validated, functioning minimum viable products.

Along the way you will be supported by leading mentors and industry experts.

Why should you participate?

News Bolt represents an unrivalled opportunity to fast-track your career.

Participation will see you learn new ways to work, collaborate with all parts of the business and, if selected for participation in the accelerator program, earn the right to develop your idea into a functioning product.

The team to emerge with the most promising idea will win a trip to represent News Corp Australia on a global stage!

Do you have a big idea?

News Bolt is open to all News Corp Australia employees who want to submit an idea. Your idea should:

  • Solve a problem
  • Help our customers
  • Acquire new customers
  • Disrupt our industry
  • Challenge the way we do things
  • Support the business strategy
What can you learn?

Over the course of the program, you will learn agile approaches to a wide range of topics business including:

  • Business Modelling
  • User Experience & Product Design
  • Traction & Customer Insights
  • Branding & Marketing
  • Financial Modelling
  • Pitch Coaching

What sort of ideas are we looking for?

With your insights on our customers and organisation, you are in a unique position. To help formulate your ideas, we have identified some key areas of interest for our future.


Sport is our national obsession; we will extend our business to engage with our consumers and client’s businesses.

Think: Commercial products solving clients’ challenges including: fans, fanatics, leagues, players & clubs; amateur & professional, having a punt & getting closer to the action.


Education will help us deliver on our mission to inform, advocate and inspire to help build a better Australia.

Think: Content solution & partnerships with education clients; new technologies & products for adult education; building the next generation of customers.


We will leverage our portfolio, through the back-catalogue, to generate profitable growth for News Corp.

Think: New subscriber products & content categories built on the library; partnerships & marketplaces with third-parties; augmented reality for engaging experiences.


We will reimagine our whole of business operations to safeguard the future of our news publishing business.

Think: New technologies like machine learning revolutionise how we create, commercialise and redistribute news and information services; step-change in operations.

Key Dates
Key Dates
How News Bolt works
Step 1

Simply apply and log your idea online. Applications close on Friday 17 August

Step 2

Founders of the Top 20 ideas will be invited to participate in a 5-day workshop in Sydney.
For more details please refer to the FAQs page.
Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August

Step 3

Five of the Top 20 founders* will proceed in small teams to the accelerator program at the Sydney Startup Hub to bring their ideas to life!
Wednesday 5 September to Friday 31 October

*Pre-approval for participation has been granted by your managers. Flights and accommodation will be covered.

Want to participate?