Hear from inspirational founders from the greater UQ community as they share their unique entrepreneurship stories, key learnings and advice.

The series runs for six-weeks at a time aligning with our Ventures Curiosity programs. All UQ students, staff and alumni are welcome to join these events, you are not required to be part of the current Ventures Curiosity cohort. 

Carl Hartmann, co-founder Temando, Compono and Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co

Joining us for this week's Founders Talk is Carl Hartmann - a prominent, multi-award winning Australian serial entrepreneur, who is best known for his work in co-founding Temando, Compono and Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co.

Having experienced firsthand the challenges of recruitment in a fast-growing technology company, after exiting Temando, Carl co-founded Compono that solves the problem of matching candidates to job roles with specific skill sets, and helps ensure candidates are the right fit for organisational cultures.

Most recently, Carl also co-founded Lyre’s Spirit Co – an innovative beverage company using cutting edge food science, that has recreated all the major alcoholic spirits in non-alcoholic format. Lyre’s has quickly become one of the fastest growing new consumer products in the world, expanding into over 40 counties in it’s first 12 months and becoming the most awarded product in it’s category globally.


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. 



In person - Ground floor, Global Change Institute Building (20), St Lucia campus
Ventures at GCI