Idea Hub PhD session

Practical, hands-on program designed specifically to inspire and support PhD students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Whether you want to commercialise your research, increase its impact, become an academic, launch a business or become an intrapreneur from within an organisation, entrepreneurship skills are going to be useful for whichever path you pursue.

We offer six weekly workshops focused on developing and applying entrepreneurial and agile thinking to your research while being mentored and networking with experienced PhD innovators.

Video: UQ PhD student Jake Parker talks about his experience with Idea Hub. 

Over six weeks, you will attend weekly workshops on a variety of topics relevant to product or service development and the market, as well as the process and provision of tools for developing a commercial offering.  

  • Week 1. Entrepreneurship 101
    First steps to become an entrepreneur
  • Week 2.  Think like an entrepreneur
    Understand the basics of design-thinking and form teams 
  • Week 3.  Business models
    Learn about business models and how to build them
  • Week 4.  Prototyping and MVP
    Find out about lean methodologies, tools for rapid prototyping and understand minimum viable products
  • Week 5.  Pitching
    This session provides best practice on how to build a pitch deck and how to deliver it
  • Week 6.  Get Feedback
    You will pitch your own idea or business and get feedback from mentors

Applications for the 2019 Idea Hub PhD Session will open in March.

All UQ Higher Degree Research (HDR) students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. You will be required to attend all six workshops.

If you are not an HDR student, you may be eligible to join the Idea Hub Unlimited or LeadHers programs.