UQ Weekend of Startups

16-18 August 2019

Room 303, Advanced Engineering Building,
UQ St Lucia campus.

This event is sold out. Check out the UQIES Facebook event for resale. 

Create a final product, validate your business model and present your product in three days.

 One problem

 54 hours to find a solution

 100 developers, designers and hackers

Weekend of Startups is a joint initiative of UQ Idea Hub and UQ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society


2019 Theme: Sustainable Solutions

What is sustainability

When we think about sustainability, it’s easily dismissed as a recent overused buzzword. But the fact is that solving problems with long term solutions is something that we can all have an impact on.

Whether it be socially, environmentally or economically — we cannot maintain our quality of life and look to challenge inequities without planning for the future.

Your challenge

While environmental change is a huge part of sustainability this challenge is not limited to that avenue. Education, technology, health and relationships or anything with underlying faults can have a long term solution — a sustainable one.

The root of long term change lies in understanding and striving for sustainability, where the solution will encompass the requirements of the present in addition to that of the future. This is your chance to take this challenge head on and see how your ideas can be the next sustainable solution.

How does it work?

The UQ Weekend of Startups is not-for-profit and is run by UQ students and staff volunteers as well as Brisbane's entrepreneurial community.

Over the weekend, you’ll be put into teams and be challenged to come up with the next innovative and sustainable business idea. With support from our team and mentors, by Sunday night, you’ll have prototyped and validated your big idea and your team will be ready to deliver your pitch to our experienced panel of judges.

Who can attend?

UQ students, alumni and all members of the general public are invited to join. Each team formed on the weekend must have at least one current UQ student.

You don't necessarily need a tech background. A strong team backs each other up and has a variety of different strengths and skills. So if you’re a marketer, designer, entrepreneur or just generally interested in shaking things up, this event is for you.


Founder at Interwoven — Interwoven works and nurtures founders and high impact tech companies hell-bent on solving global challenges.


Our experienced panel of judges will decide which teams have the best sustainable solutions.



First prize

cash prize and express access to Accelerator bootcamp


Second prize

cash prize 


Third prize

cash prize 

For industry

We’re on the lookout for like-minded industry partners who’d like to support the local startup community and contribute to the success of the event.