Ventures San Francisco Startup AdVenture

Become a global thinker and learn first-hand knowledge from innovative startup communities.

The Ventures San Francisco Startup AdVenture is a four-week in-person learning experience within a San Francisco startup, small business, or non-profit organisation.

Selected UQ student entrepreneurs will learn alongside some of San Francisco's best 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 summer break program will commence in:

Applications for Ventures Startup AdVentures are now closed.

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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 126 unicorns in California collectively worth US$1.14 trillion.


San Francisco's Bay Area accounts for 25% of all global venture captial investment.

Your AdVenture

What to expect?

  • Undertake your own project (agreed with your startup) to extend your learning experience
  • Network with local 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


  • 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
  • Be mentored by business professionals
  • Gain insight into startup and innovation trends in San Francisco

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 and ready to commit to the full length of the program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • Remain enrolled at UQ for the duration of the program (i.e. not in your final semester or expecting to graduate prior to the end of the program)

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