Ventures Cairns Startup AdVenture

Learn first-hand knowledge from innovative startup communities.

The Ventures Cairns Startup AdVenture is a four-week in-person, learning experience within a Cairns startup, small business or non-profit organisation. Selected UQ student entrepreneurs will learn alongside some of Cairns' best local startups. Learning and observing alongside other innovators, you will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early-stage business.

Key information

The program will run twice in 2022:

  • June/July (during mid-year break)
  • Nov/Dec (following end-of-year exams)

Expressions of interest are open for 2022 AdVentures

Submit expression of interest

Expand your networks

and grow your industry connections


and develop new skills and capabilites

Gain hands-on

and learn from inspirational innovators

What to expect?

  • Experience working alongside a startup – gain valuable insight into the day-to-day workings of a regional Queensland startup
  • Undertake your own project (agreed with your startup) to extend your learning experience
  • Network with Cairns startups and leaders in innovation
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills with a program of workshops delivered by the Ventures team
  • Collaborate with your peers and build your connections through team building activities and social activities
  • Share your own experience with regional high school students and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and change-makers


  • Complete a real-world business project that you can add to your portfolio
  • Develop and apply entrepreneurial skills highly sought by employers across all industries
  • Gain confidence in presenting and pitching to different audiences
  • Be mentored by business professionals
  • Gain insight into startup and innovation trends in regional Queensland
  • Grow your networks and connections
  • Form new friendships with your fellow participants!

Participation details


If accepted to the Startup AdVenture you are required to pay a non-refundable AUD$89 to support administrative and event costs. The remaining cost of your participation will be covered through a UQ grant. We will work with all successful participants to ensure you have the correct funding before you begin the program.


To apply you must:

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Be available for the full length of the program
  • Remain enrolled at UQ for the duration of the program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0

Course credit 

Some students may be able to receive course credit for participation in Startup AdVentures if they enrol in a relevant elective topic. Please read the full program details for further information.

Application process 

Startup AdVentures have a merit-based, competitive application process. To apply, submit an online application form. A selection panel will review the applications and all successful and unsuccessful students will be notified by email within four weeks of the program start date.

Read the full program details and FAQs