UQ Idea Hub

Amid the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, a select group of UQ students are living their dreams in China’s fast-paced and ever-growing startup business world.

More than 70,000 startups have reportedly set up in Shanghai since mid-2016, and each year students from a range of backgrounds are embracing the opportunity to spend four weeks learning from these businesses through the UQ China Mobility Program.

The program is an initiative of the UQ Idea Hub, one of the University’s campus-based idea incubators and accelerators, where students learn the process of founding, investing and growing an early-stage business in China.

Commerce and business management student Chloe Chai spent a month this year working at Urbem TasteCard, a startup offering culinary recommendations as well as exclusive dining offers to VIP members. It operates as a platform on WeChat, one of China’s largest social media applications that integrates instant messaging, commerce and payment services.