Entrepreneurship at UQ

Ventures reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of our community. While you can’t predict the future, you can develop the knowledge, networks and skills to pivot between current and emerging careers and flourish wherever life takes you.

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Curious where Ventures can take you? At UQ we encourage students, alum, and staff to develop the skills and mindset to innovate like an entrepreneur. Ventures has five programs open to suit your skills and interest: Curiosity, LeadHers, Sustainability, Validate, and Hustle. Applications close from 29 July.
Want to compete for a share in $10,000 in cash prizes? Join the Food Innovation Challenge to develop a food and beverage innovation project towards a viable business. Open to students from UQ, QUT and UniSQ. Register by 6 August
LeadHers Staff Day (26 July) seeks to support emerging women and gender-diverse leaders in the university to reach their potential. Open to all UQ staff. Places are limited, register today.

Calling all UQ students—become a catalyst for change! Join the Challenge to tackle complex issues affecting our oceans and compete for multiple prizes worth $11,000. Open to UQ students across all disciplines. Join the info session 30 July and get your team together before 2 Aug.
The summer Startup AdVentures are now open! There are two new destinations to travel to – Shenzhen or Hanoi. Over 4 weeks, you’ll gain first-hand knowledge on growing an early-stage business, embed yourself in a startup ecosystem to expand your networks, and enhance your employability capabilities. Applications close 9 Aug.

Get ready to celebrate World Entrepreneur's Day at UQ! Get involved for a day of festivities including: startup and side-hustle stalls, food trucks, entertainment, competitions and more! Drop by 11am-3pm, 21 August at the Great Court.


What's it really like to launch a startup at UQ?

At UQ, we’re continuously impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit and startup ideas that come out of our UQ Ventures community.

Tom Bizzell, a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student and 2022 UQ’s Chief Student Entrepreneur tells us about his startup Wakeshare and his experiences with UQ Ventures.

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Take advantage of 3D printers, design studios and co-working spaces.
Network with like-minded people and compete for prizes.
Explore our three Ventures locations and co-working locations.


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