Shanghai Startup Adventure

Unique entrepreneurship experiences based at some of Shanghai’s best technology startups

The Shanghai Startup Adventure is a four-week international internship specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Selected student entrepreneurs will spend four weeks based at some of Shanghai’s best technology startups. Working alongside other innovators, they will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early stage business in China.

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Travel restrictions update

The University has cancelled all international travel. This means that Startup Adventures are deferred until further notice. In the interim, Ventures have now opened applications to Virtual Startup Adventures. Find out more details on the Virtual Startup Adventures and apply today. 

Please check the UQ coronavirus advice page for the latest travel advice. 

Last updated 22 September 2020.

Participating companies

CHJ is one of the largest, most established hi-tech parks in Shanghai, hosting over 2000 established companies and several innovation centres for startups.
Fishburners, based at CHJ, is a co-working space for local China start-ups, and also serves a landing pad for Australian startups looking to expand to China.
The Shanghai-based China Accelerator is now in its sixth year of operation and is regarded as one of the most popular and leading accelerators in China.

Your startup adventure starts here

The prep begins with a workshop at UQ Idea Hub, including an introduction to entrepreneurship in China, cultural preparation workshops leading up to China arrival.

Week 1
Arrive in Shanghai, 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 Shanghai 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!

So you want in?


Applicants 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, ilab or Startup Academy 
  • be available for the entire four-week program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0



Funding option 2: UQ scholarship

There is limited funding available.

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

Funding option 1: NCP grant

There are limited New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants available.

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

Current options available for credit towards degree (please note that your Faculty may have other options, so we encourage you to seek further advice from Academic Advisors);

  • 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.