Applications to the Ventures Curiosity PhD program are now open. This six-week program is designed to inspire and support UQ PhD candidates and early career researchers interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.

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 session. The program will be delivered in-person with the option to Zoom into the session.

These skills go beyond business - whether you want to innovate in your field or look at your PhD beyond academia! Applications close Wednesday 16 June at 12pm.

Open to all UQ PhD candidates and early career researchers.

You are also welcome to attend individual talks by the following speakers without signing up for the entire Curiousity PhD suite. All locations are at GCI Ventures Space.

  • 23rd June 12pm -1pm:  Dr. Eeshan Kulkarni: Entrepreneurial intelligence/mindset. Highlighting entrepreneurial intelligence (mindset) in practice/from a real world perspective based on his experience as an entrepreneur and a PhD and how such a mindset sets you up for success is any field of endeavour. Entrepreneurial intelligence is really about the mindset that drives success – things such as building resilience from failure (not being afraid to fail – there’s a common saying amongst entrepreneurs that you fail yourself forward to success and therefore embracing failure as a powerful learning experience. This is important whether we are entrepreneurs or not as we can all use this kind of thinking in our lives/careers etc), picking yourself up from failing and venturing forward, guts and determination, the ability to identify problems and creating impactful solutions to solve those problems (based on market needs/demand), persistence, leadership, confidence, passion, and so much more. This session usually sets the tone for the rest of the program as it is quite inspirational and helps students to stretch their thinking beyond their comfort zone. Hope that provides some insight into this piece.
  • 30th June 12pm -1pm:    Dr. Ivano Bongiovanni
  • 7th July  12pm -1pm:       Dr. Kylie Henderson
  • 14th July 12pm – 1pm:    Dr. Christine Williams (former QLD Chief Scientist)

About Entrepreneurship

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.