Global innovation in the Middle-East

1 Oct 2018

UQ Idea Hub student Matthew Diamond reflects on his Tel Aviv Startup Adventure

In June 2017, when a friend suggested we apply for the Semester 2 intake of UQ Idea Hub, I had no idea where it would eventually take me.

I've always been interested in entrepreneurship and have talked extensively with friends over the last few years about starting a business. I didn't really have any idea what to do or how to do it but UQ Idea Hub helped with that. After the program, and with new found inspiration, I applied for UQ Idea Hub's Tel Aviv Startup Adventure and was fortunate to be accepted alongside 13 other young entrepreneurs.

The most invaluable experience for me was the internship I completed at The Floor. As part of the program, we worked from 9am to 6pm, five days a week, at leading Israeli startups in order to gain an insight into international startups and experience working in our chosen fields. The Floor is a global fintech innovation centre partnered with some of the world's largest financial institutions and is located within the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Read Matthew's story on UQ Small Change