Idea Hub Discovery

The best ideas start with you

The Idea Hub Discovery program supports Year 7 to Year 12 students to think and act with an entrepreneurial mindset.  All our workshops support the experiential learning approach. We want to support educators and their daily efforts to deliver up-to-date content in the classroom on entrepreneurship.

We also offer professional development to high school teachers to help provide ongoing support to your students through authentic business cases and innovative teaching methods.

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Professional development for teachers

We offer three professional development for high school teachers aligned with ACARA and new QCAA curriculums. Sessions cover:

  1. Design thinking process 
  2. Ideation and creativity
  3. Developing business cases by interviewing real entrepreneurs

All sessions are delivered by a team of UQ academics, design thinking facilitators and experienced entrepreneurs. 


We understand that each student and each class has a different understanding and interest in entrepreneurship. We have created four different packages to address each student needs and to fit into their busy schedules and lifestyles.

Customer and problem discovery

Two hours | Delivered at UQ or school | Free at UQ, $20 per student at school

This two-hour workshop offers the foundation to entrepreneurial thinking by introducing the students, through the identification of users, problems and impact, to key business ideas such as target audience, problem identification and problem-market fit. It also introduces methodologies such as customer empathy maps or open space technology as well as theories such as lean startup and diverge-converge innovation diamond.

The entrepreneurial journey

Seven sessions (14 hours) | Delivered at UQ or school | $130 per student

This workshop is delivered over a series of consecutive weeks both at the school and at UQ. The workshop gives a comprehensive understanding on the different steps involved in the entrepreneurship journey: from the entrepreneur’s trait and personality, to the customer discovery, product development, business modelling, pitching and storytelling and basic revenue/costing models. This workshop is very suitable for students with an advanced interest/understanding in entrepreneurship, ideally with business ideas in a developing stage.

Design solutions for impact

Four hours | Delivered at UQ or school | $50 per student

This four-hour workshop addresses both parts of the innovation diamond: in the first two hours, students are asked to look for problems worth solving and to understand the users and communities who suffer from them. In the second hour, they work on designing and prototyping real, tangible solutions. Students work in different teams throughout the workshop and get to work on a presentation to show their progress and reflections to their peers. Challenges or problems that are currently being studied in class (e.g. climate change, mental illnesses, use of technology, etc.) are highly suitable for this workshop.

Give us a challenge!

Four hours | Delivered at UQ only | $50 per student

This four-hour program has been co-designed with UQ entrepreneurs who provide real business challenges to the students. In groups, participants analyse and provide solutions to challenges during the workshop. The workshop wraps up with the students pitching their conclusions to the entrepreneur, who provides feedback and guidance on the students’ work. Besides getting to work on a real business challenge and meeting an entrepreneur, the students get a chance to see how entrepreneurs work and live and what type of problems they encounter in their daily professional lives.