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. UQ works actively in the entrepreneurship space with UQ pre-incubator Idea-hub, start up accellerator ilab, 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

9 March 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Over six weeks beginning 9 March, attend a combination of weekly workshops and listen to a series of inspirational speakers either in person or via Zoom. 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 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.

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' LeadHers

2 March 2021 4:00pm
Join the confidence-building incubator for women 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 2 to 30 March. Applications will close on 19 February.

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' Virtual Startup Adventures: Info session

21 September 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Startup Adventures are back – now remote and digital! Join the info session now! Details about the virtual adventure in the Description.

Ventures' Idea Hub Unlimited

11 August 2020 4:00pm
A 6-week program from 11 August. Level up. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to think and act like an entrepreneur. Applications open! Closes 5 August at 5pm.

Ventures' Startup Academy

10 August 2020 3:00pm
An 5-week program from 10 August designed to help you develop a sustainable business idea in an interactive learning space. Applications open! Closes 5 August at 5pm.

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' Activate Info session

18 May 2020 12:00pm
Ventures Activate is a three-week (22 June to 10 July), remote internship program. Register now to join the Ventures Activate Information Session Monday 18 May 12-1pm on Zoom!

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.

Ventures' ilab Accelerator

9 January 2020 12:15pm1:15pm
This program runs for 7 months from January to July each year. Applications for 2020 are now closed.