San Fran Startup Adventure

A unique overseas innovation and entrepreneurship experience based at some of San Fran's best technology startups.

California is home to many of the world’s biggest companies' headquarters including Apple, Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Chevron, Tesla and Uber. San Francisco boasts the largest local pool of quality resources including capital, talent, investors, mentors and scaling experience.

Over three weeks, you will work alongside energetic and experienced innovators. You will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early stage business in the global startup ecosystem. 

  • Pre-departure.
    The prep begins with a workshop at UQ Idea Hub, including an introduction to entrepreneurship in San Francisco, cultural preparation and hot tips for making the most of your time in San Francisco.
  • Week 1.
    Arrive in San Francisco, and meet with local startups. Start building a relationship with your mentor — one of the local founders, who you’ll shadow during your experience. The first week is also a great time to attend all the extra workshops we’ve organised.
  • Week 2.  
    Now’s your chance to meet all the movers and shakers in the local San Francisco entrepreneurship community and start dreaming big. Participate in workshops and panel sessions with CEOs, service providers and Australian government representatives. You’ll also have the chance to mix with successful UQ alumni and other Aussie founders in the Bay area.​
  • Week 3.  

    Continue to hustle with matched startups in between guided tech tours, a raft of opportunities to rub shoulders with local startup personalities and checking out all of the hottest local startup venues.  Now it’s time to farewell your mentors, new colleagues and sponsors with a wrap-up event. This is your last chance to trade business cards and make an impact, so pop on that smile and get pumped!

  • Debrief.  
    Once you’re back home, we’ll all catch up to chat about the program, your experiences and to share all our tips for leveraging the global contacts you have made.

You may be in a position to undertake some programming or technical work, however, most students will shadow the founder of the startup they are matched with.

To be eligible to participate in the program, you must:

  • be enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program.
  • have completed at least six units at UQ in your current UQ program
  • have previously participated in an Idea Hub program or UQ Weekend of Startups
  • be available for the entire four-week program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0

You are expected to participate in the full three weeks of your learning experience and to attend all additional networking and development activities You will be bound to confidentiality and will be clearly informed of your legal and performance obligations.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not necessarily result in being accepted into the program.

Applications for the 2020 Startup Adventure will open late 2019.  

Application process

Positions within Idea Hub's Startup Adventures are highly competitive. As a result, meeting the eligibility criteria does not necessarily result in being accepted into the program.

  • Stage 1. Online application
    You will be required to fill out an application outlining how this experience will aid your professional development toward an entrepreneurship journey. 
  • Stage 2.  Interview
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a 10 minute interview with program leaders. 
  • Stage 3. Selection process
    Places are determined by a selection committee based on academic merit at the time of application (GPA as it appears on your UQ Studies Report) and the strength of your interview and responses to application selection criteria.
  • Stage 4. Applicants notified
    All applicants will be notified of their outcome by email within four weeks of the closing date. Successful applicants will be required to submit their bank details and travel details into StudentHub and will be paid within six weeks of the closing date.


Key Dates


Applications for 2019 are closed. 

Program Dates

Start: 21 January 2019
End: 18 February 2019