We are now entering a new era where there is demand for commercial returns of publicly funded research: research that is transformational, innovative and solution-focused. It is important for any researcher to understand the possibilities and processes that connect research outcomes to the generation of commercial intellectual property and the varied strategies for turning this commercial IP into new products, processes and services. The Graduate School works actively in the entrepreneurship space with UQ Ventures and UQ's commercialisation arm, Uniquest

Useful links

  • As a UQ researcher, why should I consider commercialisation? Consider Uniquest!
  • Discover entrepreneurship and innovation at UQ through Ventures
  • Innovation Toolbox
  • Wide-ranging list of Propel your career into life sciences webinar series from Life Sciences Queensland, of which UQ is a member. Signing up is free for members. Webinars run from October 2020 to July 2021. Topics include understanding career opportunities and planning for careers in the biosciences and medical sector, intellectual property, commercialisation, science communication, and government policy and advocacy.

Ventures' Curiosity for PhD (and free talks)

23 June 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Over six weeks beginning 23 June, attend a combination of weekly workshops and listen to a series of inspirational speakers. You will have the opportunity to form and test your early-stage ideas or simply get a taste and explore how you can expand your entrepreneurial mindset. Applications close 16 June.

NEW! Design thinking - Part 1: Emphatize, Define & Ideation

30 June 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Design-led Thinking is the framework that is used to guide an ideation process. Solve complex problems in a creative, user-centric and curious manner. Join us for the first part of the process on understanding needs and ideation.

Ventures' Activate

5 July 2021 9:00am
Ventures Activate is a three-week (5 to 23 July), remote internship program. Register now to join the Ventures Activate! Applications close 21 May at 12pm.

NEW! Design thinking - Part 2 Prototype & testing

7 July 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Design-led Thinking is the framework that is used to guide an ideation process. Solve complex problems in a creative, user-centric and curious manner. Join us for Part 2 on Prototype and Testing.

NEW! Business models

14 July 2021 10:00am12:00pm
We use the collaborative and interactive ‘business model canvas’ framework to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea or concept.

UniQuest research commercialisation workshop

21 July 2021 8:00am22 July 2021 5:00pm
2-day workshop that focuses on creating an awareness of intellectual property management and commercialisation. Express your interest in joining the workshop now! Applications close 30 June.

NEW! Pitching and storytelling

21 July 2021 10:00am12:00pm
This session provides best practice on how to build a pitch deck and how to deliver it compellingly.

NEW! Business of you [Webinar]

22 July 2021 9:00am10:30am
This interactive workshop will teach you how use digital marketing tools and social media to advance their career. The workshop will give you practical steps on how to how to package and communicate your unique skills, strengths and value proposition.

NEW! The Pitching Event

28 July 2021 10:00am12:00pm
This is an opportunity for participants to practice delivering their pitches to a panel of judges/mentors and get feedback.

NEW! Agile project management [webinar]

29 July 2021 9:00am11:00am
Plan, execute and deliver projects in a lean way. Lean methodologies create greater value while using fewer resources.

Ventures' Virtual Singapore Startup Adventures

22 June 2021 9:00am
Startup Virtual Adventures are back, this time to Singapore. 4 week (22 Jun to 23 Jul) experience. Click on the link for more details. Applications close 11 May at 12pm.

Ventures' LeadHers (for PhD)

22 April 2021 10:00am
Join the confidence-building incubator for PhD women candidates across all disciplines who are or want to become managers, entrepreneurs, researchers or academics. All female-identifying students, staff and alumni are welcome to apply. 5 weeks from 22 April to 20 May. Applications will close on 12 April at noon.

Ventures' Validate

11 March 2021 3:00pm
A 10-week program beginning 11 March. Whether you are working on a for-profit, a social enterprise or a not-for-profit enterprise, through talking to your potential customers you will understand the market needs and devise a sustainable business model. Pitch and stand to win up to $10,000! Applications open close on 24 Feb at noon.

Ventures - Celebrating International Woman's Day

9 March 2021 4:00pm6:00pm
We have an exciting panel opened up International Women’s Day.

Intellectual property [webinar]

30 November 2020 10:00am11:30am
Intellectual Property can be a valuable asset and understanding how to protect it will help you in your research career. This session will touch upon UQ’s IP policies, and the broader Australian and global context.

Lighting the Spark: Entrepreneurial Pathways to leverage your research [webinar]

4 November 2020 10:00am12:00pm
Find out how to generate workable ideas from your research and turn them into business opportunities. Be an idea pioneer! This session is designed for students who have limited experience in entrepreneurship and start-ups but are interested in pursuing this career path, or those who have a great idea but are unsure of what to do with it.

Ventures Annual Showcase 2020

22 October 2020 5:30pm7:30pm
Join us (virtually) for the 2020 Ventures Annual Showcase to celebrate our programs, partners and founders, and to learn more about the startups who are accelerating ideas to impact. 

Ventures' PhD & Postgrad Unlimited

3 June 2020 4:00pm6:00pm
This six-week program (3 June to 8 July) is designed to inspire and support UQ PhD & Postgrad students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ventures Autumn Unlimited [online]

22 April 2020 5:00pm
Learn the agile tools needed to think, act and innovate like an entrepreneur with the six-week program from 22 April to 27 May. Registrations close 15 April.