17 - 18 March
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The Precinct, T C Bierne Building, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Be inspired by an outstanding group of global mentors and innovation experts on this Startup Catalyst | QUT Future Founders Mission. Life is full of dynamic and complex challenges and this interactive hybrid program will equip you with a practical approach to solving these types of challenges.

About Startup Catalyst:

Startup Catalyst was formed to assist in the cultural transformation of the Australian economy to one that is fast paced, startup aware, and “global first”. Groups of Australian youths, startups, investors, corporates, and innovation leaders have been led on missions to international startup hotspots including Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel, and Asia with the goal of transforming Australia’s innovation landscape.

Recent challenges around covid-19 means we need to revisit the way we connect while continuing to provide Aussie startups, scaleups, investors, and emerging entrepreneurs with valuable information and connections to navigate the new ‘normal’.

This year QUT Entrepreneurship has teamed up with Startup Catalyst to invite 30 QUT students via a competitive application process, to participate in this two-day hybrid mission.

Program (Subject to finalisation)

Wednesday, 17 March

13:30 – 14:00       Mission Launch

14:00 – 14:45       Chris Saad, Former Head of Product, Uber Development Platform

Topic: Trends & jobs for the future

15:00 – 15:45       Juliette Murphy, CEO, Floodmapp

Topic: Founder journey and advice on overseas markets

16:00 – 16:45       John Robertson, CEO, Clever AI

Topic: Extreme tech and how it can change the world

17:00 – 17:45       Omri Wislizki, Head of Government Partnerships, SOSA

Topic: What can emerging founders learn from the Israeli ecosystem?

Thursday, 18 March

08:30 – 09:15       Jaydon Campbell, Product Manager, Google Cloud Infra

Virtual visit

09:30 - 10.00        Seamus Thomson, Former NASA Postdoc Program Fellow and Engineer

Topic: Problem solving and the skill of communication

10:15 – 11:30       UK Dept of International Trade

Topic: How the Govt has the networks to help Entrepreneurs scale to other markets

11:45 – 12:30       Future Founders Alumni Panel

Key takeaways and best advice from Startup Catalyst alumni on their mission to Silicon Valley and meetings with tech giants; Twitter, Google, Facebook

12:30 – 13:30       Lunch + Networking

Important Dates:

  • Applications close 5pm, Wednesday, 10 March 2021
  • Invitation to participate will be sent on Friday, 12 March 2021
  • Acknowledgement of participation due Monday, 15 March 2021
  • Startup Catalyst | QUT Future Founders Mission - 17-18 March 2021 

Who Is Eligible?

This Startup Catalyst | QUT Future Founders Mission is funded by QUT Entrepreneurship and is available for all students currently enrolled at QUT including all faculties, study levels and international students. 


  • Successful student applicants are expected to participate in the full program or decline offer in writing within 24 hours, so that another student can be provided the opportunity. 
  • Students are expected to share their Startup Catalyst | QUT Future Founders Mission experience through social media posts and/or blog posts with QUT Entrepreneurship.


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