Find the program right for you

There’s support at every stage of your Ventures journey – from flexing your creative muscles to launching a startup or
social enterprise through our introductory, intermediate and advanced programs. You will find the people, tools and opportunities
to help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, gain transferable skills and bring your ideas to life.

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    Program Level: Introductory
    Are you curious about the world of entrepreneurship, but don't know where to start? Over the program, Ventures Curiosity will help you form and test your early-stage ideas or simply get a taste and explore how you can expand your entrepreneurial mindset.
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    Empower Women's Accelerator

    Program Level: Advanced
    Join UQ's first Empower Women's Accelerator and receive $10,000 in equity-free funding, mentoring, and support to develop and grow your startup. Across three months you will join a cohort of inspiring women and gender diverse people and gain access to workshops, guidance from Entrepreneurs in Residence, partner incentives, and more.
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    ilab Accelerator

    Program Level: Advanced
    Take your venture to the next level with our four-month ilab Accelerator program. Eligible startups will receive $10,000 funding. You'll also have access to a network of professionals and potential investors. Startups from all disciplines are encouraged to apply – from social impact and fintech to mining and health.

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    Industry Challenge

    Connect with Industry
    Do you want to put your entrepreneurial skills into practice? By participating in our Industry Challenge, you will work with industry to develop a real-world solution to a real-world problem. Teams will compete for multiple prizes worth $11,000. This year's challenge looks at how we can use entrepreneurial skills to help address the housing crisis.
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    Program Level: Introductory
    We can help you become more confident in your leadership capabilities through our Ventures LeadHers program. The program is a confidence-building program for all women and gender diverse people who are students, staff, and alumni across all disciplines at UQ. During LeadHers, you will develop the skills to lead with confidence and explore the common challenges most professional women leaders face in their careers. 
  • Startup AdVentures

    Startup AdVentures

    Connect with Industry
    Want to gain first-hand knowledge on founding, investing and growing an early-stage business? Startup AdVentures are learning experiences specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship both within Australian and global startup communities.
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    Program Level: Intermediate
    Are you on the way to creating a startup? The Ventures Validate program will help you understand the market needs and devise a sustainable business model. You'll also have the chance to win a share of $10,000 in cash prizes.

Venture your way

You can mix and match programs depending on your experience. There’s support at every stage of your Ventures journey – from flexing your creative muscles to launching a startup.

Meet like-minded students, connect with the Ventures team, and hear from inspirational speakers with our community events.
Gain the skills and knowledge needed to think and act like an entrepreneur.
Put your knowledge into practice by solving real industry problems.
Take your venture to the next level by getting market and investment ready.