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 software, hardware, service or impact project, this program is the catalyst you need to prepare for rapid growth. Our team will help you test your venture towards the development of a viable business. 

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

Apply to Ventures Validate

Applications close 25 February 2022

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

Session 1. Research
Thursday 10 March 2.30-4.30pm

Session 2.  Define Solution
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 March 12.30-4.30pm

Session 3. Craft Offer
Thursday 24 March 2.30-4.30pm

Session 4. Build to MVP
Thursday 31 March 2.30-4.30pm

Session 5. Measure and Learn
Thursday 7 April 2.30-4.30pm

Session 6. Branding and Sales
Thursday 14 April 2.30-4.30pm

Session 7. Traction
Thursday 28 April 2.30-4.30pm

Session 8. Iterate
Thursday 5 May 2.30-4.30pm

Session 9. Pitch Practice
Thursday 12 May 2.30-4.30pm

Session 10. Pitch Showcase
Thursday 19 May 2.30-4.30pm

Ventures Validate Semester 1

Program: Thursday 10 March - Thursday 12 May from 2.30-4.30pm 

Apply to Ventures Validate

Ventures Validate is open to all UQ students, staff, and recent alumni from all backgrounds and levels at UQ. 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 five sessions over ten weeks
  • agree to our Terms and Conditions

You do not need a background in business or tech to apply, just an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.

You can apply as either an individual or as a team. Looking to find your team? Network and find your team at our next Ventures Connect event.

Ventures Validate Semester 1

Program commences Thursday 10 March from 2.30-4.30pm 

Apply to Ventures Validate


The Ventures Validate program was previously known as Startup Academy.

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