Elevate your startup with Ventures Empower.

Calling all entrepreneurs who are women and in the early stages of founding their startup to be part of the 2024 UQ Empower Women's Entrepreneurship program. 

This is a transformative 9-week experience to accelerate your startup. You'll join a cohort of inspiring founders and get the support, knowledge, and confidence you need to reach your business goals. 

Applications for Ventures Empower are now closed.

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As part of the Ventures Empower program you will:

  • Experience 9 weeks of engaging content crafted to resonate with the unique experiences and aspirations of women who are innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Connect with like-minded women, learn from each other's experiences, and form bonds that will extend beyond the program.
  • Learn from successful entrepreneurs and mentors who've navigated similar paths, offering insights, advice, and a supportive network.
  • Polish your pitching skills and showcase your unique vision with potential supporters at the Ventures Empower demo day.

The program will be delivered in-person at the UQ Ventures Studio, Long Pocket.

Program: This program runs on Tuesday evenings with two Saturday intensives from Saturday 9 March to Tuesday 30 April 2024.

  • Session 1. Saturday 9 March, 9am-3pm 
    Introduction to the program, team building, and founder's panel.
  • Session 2. Tuesday 12 March, 6-8:30pm
    Business strategy (exit plan), competitior analysis, and goal setting.
  • Session 3. Tuesday 19 March, 6-8:30pm
    Business structure and legal considerations. 

    Session 4.  Tuesday 26 March, 6-8:30pm
    Product development and Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
  • Session 5. Tuesday 9 April, 6-8:30pm
    Sales and marketing. 
  • Session 6. Saturday 13 April, 9am-3pm
    Revenue models, cash flow forecasting, finance, and founder's stories.
  • Session 7. Tuesday 16 April, 6-8:30pm
    Pitching and storytelling.
  • Session 8. Tuesday 23 April, 6-8:30pm
    Pitch practice.
  • Demo day. Tuesday 30 April, times to be announced.

Information session #1

Date: Tuesday 30 January
Time: 12-12:30pm
Venue: Online (Zoom)

Information session #2

Date: Tuesday 13 February
Time: 5-5:30pm
Venue: Online (Zoom)

Register to attend either session


We are looking for passionate and committed women and gender diverse founders who have validated their value proposition, an initial sustainable business model and a solution.

To be eligible to apply, Ventures Empower teams must have:

  • Individual women founders or startup teams with at least 51% women ownership
  • Active founders who are over the age of 18 years and who are committed to the full length of the program
  • A strong connection with The University of Queensland (UQ) as evidenced by 50% of founders meeting one of the following criteria:
    • be an undergraduate or postgraduate student of UQ in 2024, including PhD candidates.
    • be an alum of UQ; or
    • be a current UQ staff (research/academic/professional) member.

The balance of the founders who do not meet the above criteria need not have any relationship with UQ.

Terms and Conditions

Semester 1 program

Applications for Ventures Empower will close Monday 19 February at 12pm.

The selection committee will decide on the final cohort based on written applications and selection interviews.

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