QUT Esports was founded as a club by Dylan Poulus and fellow student Michael Trotter while they were studying psychology in 2016.
The club and its expanded program became an official part of the QUT Sport portfolio in 2018, and the QUT Elite Athlete Program has also endorsed it, making top gamers eligible for university support.
QUT is also the first university in Australia to offer a scholarship in esports.
Geek Girl Academy
QUT alumni Sarah Moran, Lisy Kane and Tammy Butow are co-founders of start-up company Girl Geek Academy, which encourages women, who are still underrepresented in the gaming industry, to learn and create using technology.
Professional sport players across the world are benefiting from a hamstring testing system invented by QUT researchers and manufactured by a Brisbane-based QUT spin-off company.
The first prototype NordBord was built by QUT Faculty of Health exercise scientist Associate Professor Tony Shield.
The NordBord is based on the well-known Nordic curl hamstring exercise and uses advanced sensors and data capture software to measure hamstring strength and imbalance.
Bachelor of Nutrition graduate Jacqui Toumbas shared what she was learning at QUT by starting the Get Fit Chicks blog.
At a time when Brisbane was inundated with food fads and quick health solutions, the Get Fit Chicks blog led to friends and followers requesting Ms Toumbas stop sharing recipes and actually make her bliss balls, which led her to stock the Miss Bliss Balls in cafes across Brisbane.
Following the success of the wholesale demand, Ms Toumbas opened the first Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen in West End in 2015.
After being diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2009, a visit to a local bakery would leave QUT alumnus Kate Williams disappointed (and hungry!) at the limited options.
She made it her mission to bring the fun back into gluten free food, and in 2014 she launched Nodo Donuts - combining her love for hospitality, business, and marketing.
Today Nodo's gluten free, ‘baked not fried’ donuts are a Brisbane institution, with people lining up at stores in Newstead, the CBD, and Camp Hill.
Ms Williams credits her marketing degree with providing a well-rounded education and strong foundation to pursue her dream of owning her own business.
QUT alumnus Matt Fairhurst launched Skedulo in 2014, alongside co-founder James Davies, to help enterprises and organisations manage a moving workforce.
In the early days, Fairhurst was the only salesperson at the startup, and living in Brisbane he found himself working through the night, selling to and supporting American clients.
Skedulo is now headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Vietnam, New York and London. It has a staff of 120 people, which is expected to double within the next 12 months.
World without hunger
Professor Sagadevan Mundree is working with his team in the QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities to develop crops that will feed the world’s skyrocketing population.
World without waste
QUT researchers like Dr Alice Payne are taking a multi-pronged approach to tackling the global challenge of reducing mounting levels of food, plastic and textile waste generated by today’s consumer lifestyles.