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 Fran'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.

Upcoming programs

  • Tel Aviv (in-person) full-time 18 Nov – 24 Dec 2023
  • San Francisco (in-person) full-time 14 Jan – 13 Feb 2024

Interviews (Successful candidates only). Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September. 

Applications are now closed for Startup AdVentures.

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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?

  • Engage in the daily operation and function of the startup alongside energetic and experienced innovators
  • Undertake projects (agreed with your startup) to extend your skills and capabilities, learning from first-hand experience
  • Network with global startups and leaders in innovation and gain valuable insight into the San Fran startup ecosystem
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills with a program of workshops delivered by UQ Ventures
  • Collaborate with your peers and build your connections through team-building activities and social activities


  • Develop cross-cultural communication and digital work skills
  • Build your understanding of the San Fran startup scene
  • Complete a real-world, international business project that you can add to your portfolio
  • Develop and apply entrepreneurial skills highly sought by employers across all industries and around the world
  • Gain confidence in presenting and pitching
  • Grow your global 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.


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 expecting to graduate prior to the end of the program)
  • Meet requirements for international travel
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial activity and education

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 successful applicants will be invited to interview. All successful and unsuccessful students will be notified by email within four weeks of the application closing date. 

Read the full program details and FAQs