San Francisco Startup Adventure

Unique entrepreneurship experiences based at some of San Fran's best technology startups

The San Francisco Startup Adventure is a four-week international learning experience specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship.

San Francisco is widely known for global technology innovation and disruptive business, the experience with young businesses there allows students to gather intelligence on the latest trends and enhance their own innovative capabilities.

Selected student entrepreneurs will be mentored by some of San Francisco's most influential technology startups. Learning and observing energetic and experienced innovators, students will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early stage business in the global startup ecosystem.

This next program will take place 17 January - 14 February 2020.

Applications are closed.

San Fran Fast Facts

California is home to many of the world’s biggest companies' headquarters including Apple, Google, Facebook, Tesla and Uber.

There are 62 unicorns in California collectively worth US$2 trillion.

San Francisco boasts the largest local pool of quality resources including capital, talent, investors, mentors and scaling experience.

Meet our 2019 adventurers

Aleksander Aleksiev
Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours)
Awais Hameed Khan
Doctor of Philosophy
Delaney Lang-Lemckert
Bachelors of Business Management/Communication
Jessica Griffiths
Bachelor of Business Management
Markus Daniswara
Bachelor of Commerce
Myrthe Snoeks
Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Arts
Nicholas Lambourne
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Raymond Mogg
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Selena Sekulic
Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours)
Timothy Macdonald
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Your startup adventure starts here

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.
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.

So you want in?


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 program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0

Your obligations

You are expected to participate in the full program 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.