Singapore Startup Adventure

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

Spend four weeks alongside Singapore's energetic and experienced innovators. This year's program will take place from 22 June - 20 July. 

Applications for 2019 have closed.

Watch: Singapore Startup Adventure partner, Amra Naidoo from The Asia Accelerator, explains what you can expect from interning in Singapore.  

Over four 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 Singapore, cultural preparation workshops leading up to Singapore arrival.
  • Week 1.
    Arrive in Singapore, where you’ll be matched with a local startup and meet your mentors for the month. No time to lose! Get to work!
  • Week 2.  
    Now you’ve settled in with your new favourite startup, it’s a great time to attend all the extra workshops we’ve organised. Meet all the movers and shakers in the local Singapore entrepreneurship community and start dreaming big.
  • 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.
  • Week 4.  
    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 Idea Hub Unlimited, LeadHers, UQ Weekend of Startups, Germinate or Startup Academy. 
  • be available for the entire four-week program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0

You are expected to participate in the full four weeks of your internship 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 or guarantee funding.

There is a limited number of funding available for students participating in the program — please read the 'Scholarship' tab for more information. 

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.

Applications for 2019 have closed. 

  • 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.

There are two different scholarships you can choose to apply for.

1. New Colombo Plan grant

There are 15 New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants available for the Singapore Startup Adventure. 

  • be enrolled at UQ as a Bachelor or Bachelor Honours student
  • be an Australian citizen
  • not hold citizenship or residency with Startup Adventure destination
  • not have received a short-term NCP mobility grant previously
  • get credit in your UQ degree or count towards the course requirements
Course credit

There are a number of pre-approved options for course credit that meet the NCP grant eligibility criteria:

  • Engineering students can use their available professional practice hours to take part in this program. 
  • Faculty of Science students who have completed at least 24 units and have an elective course available can enrol in SCIE3050
  • If you have a free elective you may be able to enrol in RBUS3903. The course is open to students from all faculties. 

If you do not meet the requirements above, you still may be able to gain course credit by participating in the Startup Adventures program. Please speak to your Faculty Academic Adviser to see if this is an option. 

2. UQ scholarship

There is limited funding available, approximately five UQ scholarships available for the Singapore Startup Adventure. 

To be eligible for the UQ scholarship you must:

  • not have citizenship in the country you are travelling to
  • not be a full-time UQ staff member
  • be participating in a Startup Adventure for the first time

Other criteria may apply. Read the Startup Adventure Guidelines for more information. 

Key Dates


Applications for 2019 have closed. 

Program Dates

Start: 23 June 2019
End: 19 July 2019 

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