Find out how you can get involved with our 2020 Ventures Industry Challenge

Our information session will help you find out more about the challenge, form teams and network with like-minded people. Work with our industry partner to develop a real-world solution to a real-world challenge. Teams will compete for multiple prizes worth $15,000.  

Register for our information session

This year's challenge focuses on the problems and opportunities for the global water industry:

While the global population continues to grow, access to fresh water has become increasingly scarce. How can we use water resource management and sustainability to maintain the lives and industries of communities around the world?

By participating in the Challenge you will be able to:

  • showcase your entrepreneurial skills to industry
  • build your networks
  • strengthen your entrepreneurial skills
  • address a real problem worth solving; and
  • have the chance to win a cash prize!

Our 2020 industry partner is WaterStart, a not-for-profit water innovation agency. WaterStart provides a channel for accelerating the adoption of water technologies driven by the needs of water agencies and large consumers.

At the information session, hear from the following speakers:

Jess Gallagher

Dr Jessica Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship), UQ

Andrew Kingsford

Andrew Kingsford, General Manager, WaterStart

Kim Fridman

Kim Fridman, Portfolio Manager, WaterStart

Dr Paul Fisher

Dr Paul Fisher, Program Lead, Technology Innovation Research & Technology Innovation, Seqwater 

Justin Todhunter

Justin Todhunter, Project Engineer, Urban Utilities 

Sonja Toft

Sonja Toft, General Manager, Treatment and Production, Urban Utilities

Jana Dore

Jana Dore, Manager, Communications and Engagement, Unitywater

Industry partner:

Water Start

In affiliation with:

SEQ Water

Urban Utilities

Unity Water


About Connect

Meet like-minded students, connect with the Ventures team, and hear from inspirational speakers with our Ventures Connect community events.

Ventures Connect: 

Ventures Connect brings you the latest opportunities to connect with the Ventures team, inspirational speakers, mentors, and broader startup ecosystem. Ventures reguarly holds events for the student community to help you stay connected and take part in all the entrepreneurial fun.

All UQ students, staff, and alumni are welcome to join these events unless otherwise specified. 



via Zoom