Creating Founders and Start-ups

Our aim is for QUT’s staff, students and alumni to realise the social and commercial impact of their research, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

We have a range of opportunities for QUT students, staff and alumni if you have a startup idea or want to find out more about entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship skills and knowledge are becoming more and more desired in the new economy.

QUT bluebox aims to build the next generation of founders in Australia.

Throughout the year we hold several initiatives to support new founders across all disciplines including:

  • Disrupt series – a series of ideation events for a range of disciplines (Disrupt Law, Disrupt Health, Disrupt Ed.) ran in conjunction with QUT Starters.
  • Bluebook series – free seminars at the foundry based on the QUT bluebook
  • Founder fuse –  events that connect technical or research based founders with entrepreneurs to create the perfect startup team.
  • Ubercamps – a two day program available for the QUT community, focused on learning how to set, refine and pitch an idea, ran in conjunction with IFE.
  • Launchpad + – Based on Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad process this is an intensive program to validate ideas
  • Launchpad – a 4-6 week development program to help innovative ideas.
  • QUT bluebox Challenge – an annual  pitching competition for the QUT community to submit their idea, reach customers and potentially secure seed funding to fulfil their startup idea.
  • QUT Accelerator powered by QUT bluebox – a three month mentorship and education program for the QUT community to accelerate their start-up development.
  • QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator – a three month mentorship and education program for the QUT community to accelerate their robotics startup development.

Additionally we provide space and mentorship out of the QUT foundry, a hub for founders at QUT.

There are also several seminars and opportunities throughout the year – sign up to our news blasts and view our events calendar.

Have a look at some of our startups here.