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.

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.

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.

Ventures' Quantum hackathon

24 August 2021 9:00am5:00pm
Ventures is hosting a four-day challenge from 24-27 August. Hosting with EQUS (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems) in partnership with The University of Western Australia, Macquarie University and the Department of Defence. Seeking staff and students from engineering, medicine and business to science, health and agriculture to bring your industry problems and cross-collaborate to discover applications and solutions using quantum technologies.

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.

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.

NEW! The Pitching Event

28 July 2021 11:00am1:00pm
This is an opportunity for participants to practice delivering their pitches to a panel of judges/mentors and get feedback.

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.

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.

NEW! Pitching and storytelling [Parallel]

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

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! Business models [Parallel]

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.

NEW! Design thinking - Part 2 Prototype & testing [Parallel]

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.

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 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' 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.

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.