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.

LeadHers for PhD candidates

7 June 2022 9:00am4:00pm
Join Ventures for a one-day LeadHers program for PhD candidates and graduates.

Business of you [Webinar]

16 June 2022 10:00am12:00pm
This interactive workshop will teach you how use digital marketing tools and social media to advance your career. The workshop will give you practical steps on how to how to package and communicate your unique skills, strengths and value proposition.

Entrepreneurial intelligence (Ventures) [webinar]

23 June 2022 10:00am12:00pm
Learn the first steps to become an entrepreneur.

Ventures' Curiosity for PhD

23 June 2022 10:00am
Over six weeks, you will attend a combination of weekly workshops and listen to a series of inspirational speakers. Please note you will be required to attend all six workshops and the speaker sessions.

Design thinking: Think like an entrepreneur (Ventures) [webinar]

30 June 2022 10:00am12:00pm
Understand the basics of design-thinking.

Prototype and MVP (Ventures) [webinar]

7 July 2022 10:00am12:00pm
Find out about lean methodologies, tools for rapid prototyping and understand minimum viable products.

Business models (Ventures) [webinar]

14 July 2022 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

19 July 2022 8:00am20 July 2022 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!

Pitching and storytelling (Ventures) [webinar]

21 July 2022 10:00am12:00pm
This session provides best practice on how to build a pitch deck and how to deliver it compellingly.

The Pitching Event (Ventures) [webinar]

28 July 2022 10:00am12:00pm
This is an opportunity for participants to practice delivering their pitches to a panel of judges/mentors and get feedback.

Agile project management [webinar]

2 August 2022 10:00am12:00pm
Plan, execute and deliver projects in a lean way. Lean methodologies create greater value while using fewer resources.

NEW! Growing your digital capacity [webinar]

28 March 2022 10:00am12:30pm
Ever wondered how your research ideas can be converted into business ideas by using the latest technologies, but don’t know how and where to start? This interactive workshop will give you the digital skills to start you down that path!

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

3 November 2021 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. This workshops is available in webinar and F2F modes. Please ensure that you register for the correct mode in order to receive the correct notifications.

Lighting the Spark: Entrepreneurial Pathways to leverage your research (F2F)

3 November 2021 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. This workshops is available in webinar and F2F modes. Please ensure that you register for the correct mode in order to receive the correct notifications.

Law and Intellectual property [webinar]

25 October 2021 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.

Ventures' Industry challenge - info session

5 August 2021 10:00am11:30am
Info Session. 10-11.30am, 5 August 2021. Registration deadline. 4pm, 13 August 2021. Submission deadline for pitch. 4pm, 6 October 2021. Pitch event. 21 October 2021. Join us and watch the top teams pitch for the prize pool of $20,000.

Ventures' Founders Talks [parallel]

21 July 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Every Wednesday in July. On 21 July, meet Rudy Crous. Listen to his entrepreneurial journey and how he works with businesses to improve their organisational culture. Click on the title for details.

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.