As part of the 2020 Ventures Industry Challenge you will have the opportunity to meet a number of industry mentors. You are strongly encouraged to come prepared with questions to make sure you fully understand your problem before you test your ideas for a solution. Also see other teams in action in these informal Q&A sessions. 

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 Q&A drop in sessions you will be able to:

  • showcase your entrepreneurial skills to industry experts,
  • build your networks,
  • strengthen your entrepreneurial skills, and
  • address a real problem worth solving, 

See mentor details and availability below.

Our mentors

Dr Paul Fisher Paul is a scientist with over 17 years’ experience in marine and freshwater research. Paul completed his PhD in Marine Science in 2006 at the University of Queensland and has since completed Postdoctoral positions at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Queensland. Paul’s interests include, water quality, climate change, environmental monitoring and technology innovation.

As Program Lead – Technology Innovation, Paul plays a key role in coordinating and facilitating the uptake of technology Innovation to address challenges and needs identified by Seqwater through its Research & Technology Innovation Program. (12.00-1.00pm)


Ellie HubbardEllie is an Operational and Risk Assurance Specialist at Seqwater. She works across multiple teams in delivering solutions that champion creativity and innovation. Ellie has contributed to and lead projects and business initiatives that bond and empower communities, whilst achieving organisational objectives. After working across various disciplines and roles, Ellie has developed a reputation for creating and cultivating impactful relationships that are underpin by her technical expertise and ability to connect with the people behind projects. (12.00-1.00pm)


Jana DoreJana Dore leads the Communications and Marketing team at Unitywater. Jana has sixteen years’ experience in corporate affairs, specialising in community relations, issues management, public affairs, employee engagement and communications. In her roles, she has had significant experience with utilities, working in both water and power, for some of Australia’s largest networks. This experience has meant working on significant change programs for up to 2 million customers. Jana has worked locally, nationally and internationally in the utilities sector. (1.00-2.00pm)


Luisa MagalhaesLuisa Magalhaes joined Unitywater in October 2011 as the Innovation and Research Specialist. Luisa has a background in environmental management and sustainability with 16 years of experience in the water sector, ranging from integrated water management and urban water, to water conservation and water allocation. As part of a team, Luisa drove the review and redesign of the innovation model at Unitywater culminating in the launch of an innovation program. Previous roles included leading collaborative consultation processes with indigenous people and other stakeholders regarding environmental flows, water allocation and management of river catchments in New Zealand resulting in the delivery of several statutory catchment plans. (1.00-2.00pm)


Register for the session here

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.