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Entrepreneurship at QUT

Develop your entrepreneur capability with QUT. When you partner, study or research entrepreneurship with us, you'll have access to a wealth of high-level expertise, resources and networking opportunities.

Our entrepreneurial vision

'QUT is at the forefront of entrepreneurship. Over a third of our alumni engage in entrepreneurial thinking and practice. We produce more startup founders than most other universities.

We've achieved these outcomes by creating a supportive ecosystem to foster the skills and mindset our students and alumni need to take the plunge and succeed in their entrepreneurial venturing.

We teach subjects to develop entrepreneurial abilities and opportunity recognition, through to postgraduate research looking into what is required to be innovative, productive and competitive in the digital age.'

QUT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Sheil AO

A university-wide entrepreneurship initiative

QUT Entrepreneurship is a new university initiative to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in all our students. Led by Professor Rowena Barrett and housed in the QUT Business School, it builds on our heritage as an entrepreneurial powerhouse to help our students make their ideas a reality.

We connect students with alumni and industry experts who teach them to identify and act on entrepreneurial opportunities through programs, activities and events. Through co-working spaces like the QUT foundry and The Precinct, we're helping foster a community that empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Partner with us

Support entrepreneurship

Your support can help build early-career entrepreneurs. By giving towards entrepreneurship scholarships and resources, you'll be supporting QUT students learn about and engage in entrepreneurial pursuits while building entrepreneurial venture.

Ways to give

Become a mentor

Share your entrepreneurial experience and expertise with our students as they develop their own entrepreneurial mindset and venturing. As a mentor, you could work with students one-on-one in the QUT foundry, participate in group mentoring sessions or be a guest lecturer in one of our many entrepreneurial-focused programs.

Share your experience

How we support entrepreneurship

We support entrepreneurship across the breadth of the university community, through activities, events, student initiatives, public incubators and commercialisation opportunities for staff and alumni.

QUT CEA (Creative Enterprises Australia)

CEA works to close the gap between creative excellence and business acumen. CEA offers a network as well as tailored programs like the Collider Accelerator and other creative technology-focused events.

How we empower creatives

QUT bluebox

QUT bluebox helps the QUT community get their commercial ideas out into the real world. It does this through the Innovation Challenge, an acceleration program and a fund, amongst other resources for growing ventures.

How we help grow ventures

MIT Bootcamp

In partnership with MIT Bootcamps and Advance Queensland, the Bootcamp offers entrepreneurs a week-long intensive program to inspire their ideas and accelerate their projects.

How we inspire entrepreneurs

Success stories

Research in entrepreneurship

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship research (ACE)

ACE is a globally leading hub for research-based knowledge about entrepreneurship. Led by Associate Professor Martin Obschonka, the ACE team produce high quality data and research that can inform debate and be used to design effective entrepreneurship policy and practice.

Our entrepreneurship research

Teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs

At QUT, we practise what we preach. Entrepreneurship is embedded in our degrees. Whatever course you choose to study, you can be sure to find curriculum and teachers that will inspire and empower you to realise your entrepreneurial vision.

As the university for the real world of today, it's our promise to prepare you to shape the real world of tomorrow. Entrepreneurship is the key to realising this promise.

Minor in entrepreneurship

A university-wide minor in entrepreneurship is available to any student. The minor is made up of:

News and events

30 Aug 2019

Reaping the innovation benefits for Queensland regions

Queensland continues to cement its reputation as a regional innovation hot-spot through new funding announced that supports startups and drives jobs for regional Queenslanders.

23 Aug 2019

QUT honours 2019 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

Law graduate Lex Greensill CBE was last night announced as the 2019 QUT Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at a celebration dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Contact us

Contact us to discuss entrepreneurial partnerships, activities and mentoring opportunities.