Amplifying entrepreneurship

QUT Entrepreneurship inspires and amplifies opportunities for students, staff and alumni to realise their entrepreneurial capabilities. Through short learning programs and by connecting people across the entrepreneurial community, our award-winning programs empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Led by Professor Rowena Barrett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), the dedicated QUT Entrepreneurship team is here to help unlock potential and grow talent. As a university-wide initiative with global collaborations, we build on QUT’s heritage as an entrepreneurial powerhouse to help our students, staff and alumni turn ideas into reality.

We understand what future entrepreneurs need to develop, grow and scale their ideas. We’re invested in the next generation of entrepreneurs who will make an impact in Queensland, Australia and internationally.

News

18 Nov 2021

Urban list founder on honour roll for QUT alumni

QUT has named Urban List founder Susannah George as an outstanding entrepreneurial alumnus, in a move she never envisaged when launching the business from her bedroom a decade ago.

18 Nov 2021

Recognising entrepreneurs and graduate success as QUT alumni receive honours

Social, business, and educational entrepreneurs, the engineer behind the state’s road safety practices, a broadcaster, a writer, a lawyer, and an Olympian are among those selected for this year’s QUT Alumni Awards, as leaders in their professions.

Programs

We deliver a regular schedule of extra-curricular programs designed to address different elements of the entrepreneurial lifecycle. From mindset and inspiration to launch, we invite students, staff and alumni to get involved. Email us at entrepreneurship@qut.edu.au to find out how you can get involved.

Spark

Jobs of the future demand new skills but you might have trouble seeing all available career and life pathways. This program unlocks the power of entrepreneurship and a different way of thinking is taught so students can see the next step to take.

Fuel

For the person who’s got a great idea for a side project but doesn’t know how or where to start. Whether it’s a creative project, an event, a product or a service, in this project-based, design-led program students learn the steps to take so their great idea is launched and becomes a reality.

Ignite

Many new ventures struggle to grow after the first customers are gained. In this full-time, 3-day intensive program, teams or individuals will develop the business model so their venture can thrive.

T minus 6 Bootcamp

Everyone has ideas, but few know the best way to bring them to life. Over 6 intensive days, teams of students, staff and alumni will form to collaborate on a problem worth solving. They’ll launch a new solution, and leave with not just the theory, but with the practice of building a new venture.

Launched

Founders sometimes struggle with momentum if they don't have structure and accountability. This mentoring program provides tailored support and fortnightly group accountability sessions. The aim is to keep entrepreneurs moving forward so the venture grows and scales.

Litmus

Many researchers want to maximise the impact of their research. This 10-week program is designed for research students and academics who want to learn how to engage with industry and convert research into real world outcomes through entrepreneurship.

Iterate

In this half-day workshop, delivered by extraordinary STEM Student Ambassadors as part of the QUT Young Accelerators program, high school students apply design processes to develop an innovative and entrepreneurial solution to a STEM-related problem.

Collaborate and connect

Entrepreneurial communities thrive on collaboration. We love to engage and connect people at regular events. Students can collaborate, network and share ideas in a more relaxed forum, and grow to be a part of our on-campus community.

Lunch and learn

Every Thursday lunchtime, students can join a moderated, online conversation with an entrepreneur, subject matter expert, researcher or innovator to nourish their mind and inspire their entrepreneurial journey.

Community coffee

At this fortnightly meetup, held at both our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses, coffee fuels connections with like-minded others. You can sponsor our young entrepreneurs meetup - just email entrepreneurship@qut.edu.au

Open pitch night

Held online for an hour on the first Wednesday of the month, this is not the typical beer and pitch night. Students can practice and get feedback on their pitch, whether it’s for an idea, project or venture.

Events

30 November

QUT Entrepreneurship Community Coffee

Come along to QUT Entrepreneurship's fortnightly Community Coffee where you can mingle with entrepreneurs and share your ideas.

When: 10:00am - 11:00am 30th November

Where: Merlo's Coffee, Gardens Point campus & Beadles on the Quad, Kelvin Grove Campus

1 December

QUT Entrepreneurship Open Pitch Night - Online

Come pitch your business or social enterprise to a virtual audience at our online event held on the first Wednesday of the month. From the comfort of your own home, join us for an opportunity to have your idea heard, get feedback and put an ask out the broader community in an encouraging and inclusive environment.  

When: 6:00pm - 7:00pm 1st December

Where: Online

3 December

MIT fuse with QUT Entrepreneurship

MIT fuse is a program for student teams or innovative individuals with an established business idea looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur, and start the journey towards becoming a company. There are 5 teams available for QUT students in this program. EOI applications are now open and will close on 3 December.

Where: Online

QUT foundry co-working spaces

The QUT foundry spaces are staffed every weekday to help our entrepreneurs find the resources, connections, coaches, entrepreneurs-in-residence, or mentors needed at whatever stage they're at on their entrepreneurial journey.

Take a virtual tour of the foundry

Scholarships for emerging entrepreneurs

Many QUT students study and develop an entrepreneurial venture at the same time.

In 2022 we are providing eight 3-year scholarships, totalling $24,000 each, to undergraduate students coming into any degree. These scholarships have been made possible with financial backing provided by:

  • Marie Mortimer, CEO and founder loans.com.au
  • Matt Fairhurst, CEO and co-founder Skedulo
  • John Stainton, founder John Stainton Productions
  • Dr John Puttick
  • QUT.

Scholars have a dedicated mentor, and the opportunity to pursue their passion through access to unique support and learning experiences.

Find out how you can support these scholarships to help us achieve even more.

Spotlight on entrepreneurship