UQ Idea Hub
Students with a passion for entrepreneurship are set to benefit from the University of Queensland’s new UQ Idea Hub program.
The program will bring together workshops, experienced mentors and a network of local and global innovators to help grow ideas and to equip students with knowledge and skills to kick-start their business enterprises.
UQ Idea Hub Director Nimrod Klayman said throughout the program students would have the potential to form, develop and test their early-stage ideas for potential commercialisation.
“The start-up scene is really taking off around the globe,” he said.
“This has provided UQ with the perfect opportunity to harness the ideas and talents of our students, helping them to realise their business potential.
“Places like the Silicon Valley are built around start-ups and venture capitalists, and I think it’s really important for Queensland, and in particular Brisbane, to establish ourselves as a hub of ideas and activity.
“UQ can play a vital role in this, as the university’s aim is that our students will be the change-makers of the future.
“We think that providing them with environments to form their ideas, hone their pitching skills and develop their commercial thinking truly results in well-rounded, industry-ready and forward-thinking graduates.”
After being run as a pilot program in 2015, the UQ Idea Hub is now open to all students from UQ.
Pilot program participant and UQ student Visakh Vignesh said the level of networking with mentors and fellow students was extremely beneficial.
“Even that first batch of students in the UQ Idea Hub realised it was quickly developing into something more exciting than just an entrepreneurship incubator,” he said.
“Each session introduced various concepts and stages of the entrepreneurship process, and also gave us the opportunity to listen and speak to people who are highly successful and vested in the Australian start-up scene.
“At the end of the day, it was incredible to be in a room with so many brilliant minds at work.”
Applications for the UQ Idea Hub are now open to UQ students. Visit the website https://ideahub.uq.edu.au/ for more information and to apply.
About UQ Business School
UQ Business School aims to create an environment where the disciplines of research give students the skills to find the knowledge they need, where good ideas are tested and polished to become great ideas, where rigorous analysis is celebrated and collaboration is valued. The school is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, UQ Business School brings together more than 130 subject experts with more than 8,000 students, and offers a wide range of degree programs and executive education.
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