ilab

Since 2012, ilab has introduced the Germinate accelerator programs, intern placement programs and a range of other founder friendly initiatives.

ilab provides a supportive environment for UQ entrepreneurs – students, researchers and alumni – by mentoring them through the early stage of business development and providing seed funding to scale their business.

Our team of industry professionals, corporate partners, startup gurus, academics and researchers are here to support you and your startup journey. By joining ilab, you'll have access to the latest trends, resources and connections, with the know-how to get you where you want to go.

Watch ilab student Hamish talk about his experience with ilab. 

ilab Fast Facts



$57m

Investment and grants attracted by ilab startups


500+

young founders supported across 185 startups


3000+

mentor sessions
 

Our programs and events

The ilab Germinate accelerator runs for six-months each year and offers a $20,000 equity-free grant to each team.
We can connect you with startups in Brisbane for internships with real-world impact.
The HYPE UQ SPIN Accelerator is a global sports technology initiative.

Our startup successes

Rethinking libraries 

Australia's first public tool library allows members to borrow power tools, lawnmowers and even camping equipment. Sabrina Chakori came up with the idea and is now one of 40 passionate volunteers running the Brisbane Tool Library out of the State Library of Queensland. The aim is to extend the life of a range of products that would otherwise end up in landfill.

By allowing members to borrow tools they would only need to use once or twice, Brisbane Tool Library allows members to not only reduce their environmental footprint but save money and space.

Sabrina received mentoring and $10,000 in grant money as part of ilab's Accelerator program. 

Peer tutoring on-demand

Vygo works as a mobile platform that helps university students improve grades with better access to affordable peer tutors, whilst also giving students a ‘business in a box’ to earn money on campus, tutoring classes they have recently aced. Private tutoring at university level currently isn’t attainable for a lot of students because it’s not affordable, not reliable and not class specific. Vygo solves these issues by deploying hyper-local campus marketplaces.

The app can also help universities by providing real-time information about what courses and degrees students are struggling with. 

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