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Student entrepreneurship

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Equip yourself with the skills needed to accelerate your idea, career or research.

The University of Sydney values innovation promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and encourages students to become influential contributors in an everchanging global environment.

Providing opportunities to learn about innovation processes equips students with transferable skills in innovative and critical thinking, required for thriving in a future workforce.

Innovation Hub

Through the Innovation Hub, the University has built a vibrant innovation community, connecting students with incredible entrepreneurship and accelerator programs such as INCUBATE and Genesis, a wide range of resources and expert mentors from a range of fields and industries.

The Innovation Hub hosts several events throughout the year, on-campus and online, providing students with the opportunity to get involved and learn about innovation and entrepreneurship in interdisciplinary settings.

Whether you want to work with an industry partner on a project for credit, prototype a product or accelerate your start-up idea, the Innovation Hub can provide you with information and support.

Our students work in interdisciplinary groups on real world projects in collaboration with industry, community and government organisations. Students have the opportunity to engage with a major industry partner to research, analyse and present recommendations on a real business problem.

These units are available to eligible undergraduate students from a range of disciplines. They are offered as semester-long projects and in intensive mode based in Australia or globally.

Find out our more about our Industry and Community Project Units (ICPUs).

Inventing the Future is an ambitious postgraduate accelerator that addresses real-world problems and teaches students the process of deep tech innovation – from ideation to prototyping and commercialisation. The program is based around a series of challenges, with previous challenge topics including sustainable packaging, air quality and improving melanoma detection.

Students from science, engineering, design and business work together in teams to explore the challenge and develop a specific solution. Teams are given resources and a budget and are expected to develop a working prototype and a business case by the end of the program.

Several graduates have gone on to successfully develop their ideas as companies:

Inventing the Future runs in second semester each year. Entry is selective, and the program can be taken as credit or not for credit.

Find out more about Semester 2, 2020 applications.

For more information please contact the unit of study coordinator, Associate Professor Maryanne Large:

The University’s TechLab provides an innovative and supportive space for students to connect, learn and share technology innovations for the classroom or research lab throughout semester. They cater to student prototyping needs with 3D printers and virtual reality technology and can provide expert advice on software and coding challenges, robotics and artificial intelligence and many other tech topics.

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If you're a second year student, Industry Connect is your opportunity to learn design-thinking methodology from experts, meet like-minded students and network with senior professionals.

Register now for one of our upcoming events:

Entrepreneurship and accelerator programs 

As a student at the University of Sydney, you have exclusive access to a number of award-winning entrepreneurship and accelerator programs designed to support you from idea to startup success.

Early stage ideation to startup launch

The INCUBATE Hub at the University of Sydney

INCUBATE is the multi award-winning startup program that promotes entrepreneurship within the University of Sydney community, with multiple programs supporting people at any stage of their entrepreneurship journey.

Generate ideas and early-stage startup skills in the Proto Workshop and build on that foundation with the mentorship program ProtoX. The INCUBATE Accelerator program launches startups into the ecosystem with industry mentoring, connections and seed funding.

Startup accelerator

Nicole Buskiewicz and Harry Curotta, Co-founders of Advoc8

The Genesis program supports the most promising existing startups through mentoring from experts, assistance with media exposure, and a final award of $25,000.

Genesis runs each semester and is open to any startup that has at least one founder that is a University of Sydney staff, student or alumni.