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

8 Aug 2022

Beanies designed to save lives

After five years in development, two Brisbane-based entrepreneurs have launched a beanie that is as safe as a helmet.

20 Sep 2019

Drilling down on climate change issues in The Cube's 2019 Residency

Climate change and the human impact on earth will be explored in a new digital project at QUT’s The Cube.

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.

Open pitch night

Held in person at the foundry, Gardens Point Campus, Level 2, B Block for an hour on the first Wednesday of the month. If you're a student, this is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, whether it's for an idea, project or venture.

Inside innovation

Once a month join us for a coffee at some of the city's most innovative hubs. You’re invited to tour the site of the month, then share a coffee while we build our entrepreneurial community.

Events

5 October

SIDE HUSTLE Program

Unlock the power of entrepreneurship to launch a creative project, begin freelancing or create a side hustle to generate additional income.

When: 9am-4pm 5 October

Where: D106, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

5 October

Open Pitch Night

Come pitch your idea, business or social enterprise to a live audience of your peers.

When: 6-7pm 5 October

Where: Level 2, B Block, foundry GP

19 October

QUT Inside Innovation: VALD

You are invited to join us for a community coffee with a difference.  

When: 10am to 11:30am 19 October

Where: 115 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead QLD 4006

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. We foster this creativity and innovation through the Budding Entrepreneur Bursary and the Budding Entrepreneur Scholarship.

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

    In 2022 we provided 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.

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

Spotlight on entrepreneurship