Transforming compassion into passion projects

16 Dec 2020

The University of Queensland’s 2021 Ventures ilab Accelerator program has awarded 12 startups with $10,000 equity-free funding to help launch their early-stage ventures.

Bachelor of Science student Nathaniel Marshall is transforming the medtech industry with his startup ‘Deep Connection’ by developing wearable devices to return fine motor control to people living with upper limb loss and neurological diseases.

The subject is close to home after seeing a number of his family members suffer from neurological diseases.

“My grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s and a number of other neurological issues which drove me to study neuroscience,” Mr Marshall said.

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Ventures ilab Accelerator program provides equity-free funding, access to UQ's global mentoring network, workshops, guidance from UQ’s Entrepreneur in Residence, partner deals, desk space and investor introductions, and concludes with a major investor pitch event.