UQ Idea Hub is a practical, hands-on program that provides aspiring student entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to conceive a startup.
The program is delivered in rounds, with each round running for six weeks. During the program, accepted students will form teams and projects meet weekly to attend workshops on ideation, technology choices, prototyping, market validation, business modelling. These sessions are designed to help progress projects to a prototype stage ready for market testing and validation.
During the six-week program, students will hear from a special group of experienced, guest entrepreneurs who will talk about their own innovation journey, as well as share practical tips for creating and growing innovative products, services and business models.
As part of the program, students will have ongoing, secure access to our co-working space in the Hawken Engineering Building, St Lucia campus, where teams can easily meet, work on their projects together, as well as gain access to a range of drop-in entrepreneurs, academics and active members of UQ’s student entrepreneur club IdeaNetwork. These people will be volunteering their time each week to be available for the six-week program to help you with your progress.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be encouraged to think differently, work hard as a team, and pitch your project and your progress at the end of the program. The program is not for course credit, but we promise you it will be a rich and rewarding experience where you will come out with very practical skills.
Graduates from the Idea Hub looking for help in developing commercial opportunities will be able to access further advice from Idea Hub mentors and partners.
The Federal Government's new National Innovation and Science Agenda highlights a need for Australia and its people to focus on innovation and the transfer of ideas into novel products and services.
The opportunities that will arise over the next few years for bright young people with a creative mind and the passion and enthusiasm to see their ideas through to real products are exceptional.
Digitisation, communications developments, and the Internet of Things are changing the way we live right now and providing an impetus for new businesses to enter the market and disrupt the established paradigm.
We started IdeaHub to provide an early stage introduction to students at UQ into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship, helping to build a greater talent pool that can contribute to the future success of Australia in this new era.
Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology