We address the main reason why most startups fail — a product or service that does not solve a big enough problem for the right customer. In the workshops, you will focus on key skills and processes to enhance the likelihood of your startup's success.  After the ten-week program, your team will pitch to a judging panel for a share in $10,000 in cash prizes.

Whether you are working on a for-profit, a social enterprise or a not-for-profit, through talking to your potential customers you will understand the market needs and devise a sustainable business model with Ventures Validate.

Many business leaders today are focused on how they can consciously contribute to the world and use business as a vehicle for positive impact. Whether your idea is focused on social, environmental, or bottom-line impact, it is essential to incorporate specific knowledge that can help position you for long term success. You will find Impact specific topics covered in Sessions 3,5, and 7.

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