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13 November 2015

Big ideas including human-computer interaction, education for children with autism, green cities and transforming food waste into value-added products were just some of the pitches delivered by students and staff at the inaugural Übercamp to nurture the next generation of global entrepreneurs, or überpreneurs.

Twenty students and early career researchers were selected to attend an exclusive two-day masterclass held on 29-30 October 2015, where they refined ideas to develop a successful investment proposition and presented a 90 second pitch to a judging panel.

The winning pitch was delivered by QUT Science and Engineering postgraduate student David Poxon, who convincingly presented his vision for secure global data sharing.

Participants were inspired by Dr Tracey Brown, biotechnology entrepreneur and Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and Sam James, QUT alumnus and founder of Vald Performance, the maker of the NordBord hamstring testing system.

Übercamp was sponsored by QUT's Institute for Future Environments, supported by qutbluebox and facilitated by Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood, co-authors of Überpreneurs: How to Create Innovative Global Businesses and Transform Human Societies. Peter is a former Queensland Chief Scientist and the founder of several biotechnology companies and research institutes in Australia. Fiona is a science and innovation policy analyst who advises research agencies and other organisations in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia on how to align research investment with stakeholder expectations.

View Übercamp 2015 photos.

L-R Facilitators Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood, Winner of Best Pitch David Poxon, and Brent Watts from QUT bluebox

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