Ventures Annual Showcase

5.30-8pm AEST

Thursday 21 October 2021

Celebrating an extraordinary year of entrepreneurship

We’re proud to showcase and celebrate our community of innovators and leaders that we have seen grow through Ventures programs and activities throughout the year. Join us as we also thank and recognise our amazing industry mentors, volunteers and partners that have attributed to the indisputable success of our 2021 initiatives.

This event coincides with the culmination of the Ventures Industry Challenge where the finalists will pitch their solution to a real-world problem. Please join us at the 2021 Ventures Annual Showcase to celebrate the year that has been and to learn more about the startups who are accelerating ideas to impact.

Ventures Industry Challenge Pitch Final

About the challenge

For the 2021 Ventures Industry Challenge we partnered with the UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation

UQ students from across faculties came together and were challenged to build real-world solutions to help accelerate Australia's renewable energy transition. Throughout the challenge students were mentored by industry experts and supported by regular check-ins with Ventures staff.

Pitch final

The top five teams will pitch their solutions live and compete for multiple prizes worth $20,000 at the Ventures Annual Showcase event.

Our judging panel of industry experts will convene and award the winning teams at the event. 


Expert judges

Chief Executive Officer,
Principal Advisor,
Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.
Executive Dean, Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology.

Panel: Venturing Forward

This panel will bring diverse perspectives (Student, Alumni, Industry and Startup) to discuss the power of entrepreneurial mindsets, capabilities, and learnings from 2021 to increase confidence, seek opportunities, apply experience, and be bold in stepping into the future.

Carl Hartmann
Lyre's Spirit Co, Co-Founder and Director.
Rachel Huang
Chief Student Entrepreneur.
Anantha Anu
Ventures Student Ambassador.
Rachael Dagge
2020 Chief Student Entrepreneur.
Yotam Rosenbaum
Entrepreneur in Residence.
Megan Forrest
Moderator, Ventures Manager.


For more information about the Ventures Annual Showcase, contact

Mrs Simone Barnhill, Deputy Manager, Engagement and Intelligence, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ