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.

Apply to Ventures Validate

Applications close Thursday 4 August 2022 at 12pm.

Ventures Validate

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

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

Session 4. Thursday 15 September 2022, 3-6pm*
Panel and Mentoring Session

Session 5. Thursday 6 October 2022, 3-6pm
Pitching and Mentoring Session

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

Session 7. 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. 

Ventures Impact

Impact is a new option for students participating in the Validate program. By signing up for Impact, you will not only gain key entrepreneurial skills from the Validate program, but you will also have access to specialised information to help solve pressing social or environmental problems. Impact includes a bonus three workshops in addition to the Validate program.

Session 1. Thursday 25 August 2022, 3-5pm
Theory of Change

Session 2. Thursday 8 September 2022, 3-5pm
Systems of Scalability

Session 3. Thursday 22 September 2022, 3-5pm
Measuring and Evaluating Impact

Semester 2 Program
Program starts Thursday 11 August 2022
Program ends Wednesday 19 October 2022
Applications close Thursday 4 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 close Thursday 4 August 2022, 12pm

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Ventures Impact is a new option for students participating in the Validate program. Impact features a bonus three workshops in addition to the Validate program.

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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