Validate

Validate your venture and take the first steps to make it a reality.

We address the main reason why most startups fail — a product or service that does not solve a big enough problem for the right customer.

Whether you are working on a for-profit, a social enterprise or a not-for-profit, through talking to your potential customers you will understand the market needs and devise a sustainable business model with Ventures Validate.

After the ten-week program, your team will pitch to a judging panel for a share in $10,000 in cash prizes.

Applications are closed for Ventures Validate. 

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Ventures Validate

Validate is designed to help you and your team develop a validated business model in an interactive learning space over a period of 10 weeks. In the workshops, you will focus on key skills and processes to enhance the likelihood of your startup's success. 

Many business leaders today are focused on how they can consciously contribute to the world and use business as a vehicle for positive impact. Whether your idea is focused on social, environmental, or bottom-line impact, it is essential to incorporate specific knowledge that can help position you for long term success. You will find Impact specific topics covered in Sessions 3, 5, and 7.

Session 1. Thursday 11 August 2022, 4-6pm
Team Building

Session 2. Thursday 18 August 2022, 4-6pm
Problem, Solution and Market Research

Session 3. Thursday 25 August 2022, 3-5pm
Theory of Change

Session 4. Thursday 1 September 2022, 3-6pm*
Market Validation and Mentoring Session

Session 5. Thursday 8 September 2022, 3-5pm
Systems of Scalability

Session 6. Thursday 15 September 2022, 3-6pm*
Panel and Mentoring Session

Session 7. Thursday 22 September 2022, 3-5pm
Impact Measurement

Session 8. Thursday 6 October 2022, 3-6pm
Pitching and Mentoring Session

Session 9. Thursday 13 October 2022, 3-6pm
Pitch Practice

Session 10. Wednesday 19 October 2022, 4-6pm
Pitch Showcase

*These workshops will be delivered from 4-5pm and you will be assigned a mentoring session before the workshop (3-4pm) or after the workshop (5-6pm) based on your availability. Further details will be provided at the first session of the program. 

Semester 2 Program
Program starts Thursday 11 August 2022
Program ends Wednesday 19 October 2022
Applications close Wednesday 10 August 2022, 12pm

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Ventures Validate is an intermediate program and is open to all UQ students, staff, and recent alumni at UQ. The program requires prior experience or knowledge regarding entrepreneurship and innovation. 

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a current UQ student, staff member or young alumni (graduated in the last 10 years)
  • commit to attending all sessions over ten weeks
  • agree to our Terms and Conditions
  • have completed the Ventures Curiosity program, or have relevant prior learning/experience
  • have an idea for a ventures and be ready to validate it through a research process
  • be committed to taking your idea to the next level

Semester 2 Program
Applications are closed for Ventures Validate. 

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Ventures Connect

Want some advice on where to get started? Ventures Connect is your chance to come together with Ventures staff, student innovators and industry experts. 

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