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iLab & Idea Hub

Business incubators to foster and promote entrepreneurialism and innovation at UQ.

Student Strategy goal

Game Changing Graduates

To graduate students who use their intellectual assets to build meaningful careers, become effective leaders, and turn their ideas into impact.

Initiative 4: Idea acceleration ecosystem

Generate a pipeline of innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial activity through well-connected idea acceleration programs for students, staff and alumni.

For students

Develop your ideas and build your business skills with a fantastic range of entrepreneurial programs.

Do you have a brilliant business concept that you’ve started work on?

ilab can help you get it off the ground. Apply for the next round of Germinate accelerator now.

Just starting your entrepreneurial journey? Grow your business idea with IdeaHub’s six week pre-incubator program. Apply now

For staff

Enhance your teaching and learning by getting involved in UQ's entrepreneurial community. 

Find out more here.

ilab at UQ and UQ Idea Hub

ilab at UQ and UQ Idea Hub are part of an ever expanding entrepreneurship and innovation experience at UQ including the student led UQ's online innovation Masterclasses, entrepreneurship training through the Business School and UniQuest. For further details of the variety of offerings visit UQ's Entrepreneurship and Innovation website.

Accelerating towards a better world

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a key focus of UQ’s commitment to a signature student experience
  • Leading business incubator and start-up accelerator ilab now integrated on-campus at St Lucia
  • Diverse group of ingenious start-ups creating solutions to change lives

Savvy student start-ups creating positive change  

Teams of passionate students are powering towards a better world with their innovative business ideas at the University of Queensland’s entrepreneurial start-up hub ilab.

From an aid for the visually impaired, to an intelligent, automated lifesaving device, to a platform connecting athletes to coaches, students are planning alongside ilab mentors, working towards their dreams of building successful, life-changing businesses.

For Yuma Decaux, it’s a personal and life-altering business concept. One that his blindness generated a clear vision for. Oseyeris is a device designed to enhance navigation and mobility for people with vision impairments by calculating measurements. As an alternative to a white cane or Seeing Eye dog clients will use a macaroon or yoyo shaped device to feel or listen to directions and measurements for the space around them. The result? A breakdown of barriers between the sighted and vision impaired, and empowerment of those with vision impairment. Listen to Yuma’s story here.

Australian surf, or any ocean for that matter, can be a dangerous place even if you are a seasoned swimmer. Following news of a drowning at a competitive ocean swim event Mitch Nissen saw an opportunity to save lives. Introducing the first inflatable swim vest that automatically inflates when you need it – Adivo. This functional surf shirt is a new and improved substitute for the bulky life-saving jacket, allowing anyone, even a competitive swimmer to enter the water safely. Listen to Mitch speak about Adivo here. [Adivo was initially developed through Idea Hub]

Sometimes it can take a while to meet your perfect match, even in the sports world. Ben Coughlin appreciates that finding ‘the one’ in a coach can be a challenge, because he is one himself. Following multiple requests for coach recommendations came the realisation that aspiring athletes were seeking trainers to hone their skills. Backyard Coach is a platform strengthening the sports community by helping athletes and coaches connect. Read more of Ben’s story on the Small Change Blog. [Backyard Coach was initially developed through Idea Hub]

To read more ilab start-up stories please click here.

Entrepreneurship at UQ

ilab at UQ

A strong entrepreneurial vision and commitment to enhancing the student experience led UQ to procure leading business incubator and accelerator ilab in January 2017. The merger brings a 16-year history of innovation and building technology businesses to students, researchers, staff and recent alumni of UQ, empowering them to create change with their business ideas.

Ilab’s Germinate program is an integral part of the University’s vision to support an entrepreneurial generation of game changing graduates, inspiring students to ask the questions that create change, and enabling them to actively gain the confidence and skills to execute on their ideas.

The team behind ilab provides a supportive environment for founders, mentoring them through the early stage of business development, providing workshops and networking opportunities.

ilab was originally established by the Queensland Government in 2000, as a business incubator to support early stage, high-tech companies through the first few years of development. Since UQ assumed operational responsibility for ilab in 2012, more than 130 startup companies and its founders have been supported by ilab’s programs, and raised in excess of $17 million in early stage capital in the past two years alone.

Recent events

ilab UQ Germinate 9 Pitch Event

Startups from ilab at UQ’s Germinate 9 program pitched their business ideas to investors and the UQ community in a sell-out event at the new Queensland Startup Precinct in Fortitude Valley on March 16, 2017.

UQ Idea Hub

Housed in the Hawken Engineering Building at the St Lucia campus Idea Hub provides a vibrant co-working space for all students participating in its programs. Idea Hub’s practical, six-week pre-incubator program provides aspiring student entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to conceive a start-up via workshops, networking and events with established entrepreneurs, academics and active members of UQ’s student entrepreneur club UQIES (UQ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society).

For more information

To read about all ilab start-ups and follow their stories click here.

Media on ilab can be found here and here.

UQ’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Community has a website here.