Why start-up? Our ilab UQ November 2017 newsletter

Why start-up? Our ilab UQ November 2017 newsletter








  • Why start up?
  • ilab UQ at the top – of startup accelerators in Australia!
  • Startups in sports? UQ brings the HYPE SPIN Lab global sports accelerator to Australia
  • ilab Summer Startup intern program – UQ students meet startups
  • Our most impressive bootcamp (to date) is coming! – for ilab Germinate 11
  • Startup success
  • Upcoming events




Why? Why walk the path of entrepreneurship? Why make the decision to leave the safety(?) of a job and build a startup? The questions come, always. The reasons too, the many of them.

Here, courtesy of members of our latest cohort, we are giving you an insight into their journey and feelings about their startup adventure.





Australia’s 24 most active startup accelerators and incubators: ilab UQ on top! 



StartupSmart, the main media for startups in Australia just published a recent study by the venture capital firm, Artesian, In this study of the hottest startup accelerators and incubators over Australia, ilab UQ takes top spot! 

We have added some updates to the figures. Since 2012, ilab UQ have run 10 Germinate programs. Accelerated 68 startups and incubated 64, backing around 240 founders overall. 

See the full article here.



HYPE UQ SPIN Lab global sportstech accelerator

Sportstech is huge. Advances in fan engagement technology, sports science, even eSports are all amazing. UQ is delighted to have been selected to bring the HYPE SPIN Lab global sportstech accelerator to Oz!

Don’t miss the SPIN Lab Roadshow:

Brisbane, 20th November,

Sydney, 22nd November,

Melbourne, 23 November

Check out the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNjBOMap900

No equity required, pitch session at the Commonwealth Games, $25k prize money, access to global sports mentors, clubs, investors and stakeholders. Open to all startups from across Australia and nearby regions.

All the details here https://ideas.create-change.uq.edu.au/hype-spin





Startups + UQ students, growing experience and discovering the startup life – Applications open 



8 days to go before applications close in UQ’s startup. We have content creators required for marketing influencer platform Scrunch, web developers for Magikcraft, coding tutors and events managers for Indigenous business accelerator Barayamal, business students for recruitment platform Sidekicker, UI interns for energy startup Aurtra, Data analyst for Alfie BTC, digital marketer for unstructured data analysing startup Kapiche and sales interns for time and attendance software startup TANDA and Skedulo

Apply online by Friday 17th November Fill in your online application (via the button below)

Apply for an internship



ilab UQ’s Germinate 11 – 30+ startups pre-selected for bootcamp




130+ registrations, 30+ teams pre-selected to attend a 3-days bootcamp, presenting both a learning opportunity and the chance to get into the final 10 teams invited to take part into the ilab UQ Germinate 11 startup accelerator program. This event is going to be huge! We are expecting nearly 90 founders, from extremely varied backgrounds,  coming with projects covering the whole range of products, services, industries and, overall, out there to better the world and demonstrate the kind of cool technology our dreams are made of.

Have a look below, that is only what we are getting started with! This bootcamp will be our biggest ever! 





ilab UQ Startups

Celebrating Success




From the latest Germinate 10 cohort, both Math Mate and Vygo are on their way to Silicon Valley to discover and learn from the best in the startup world. Math Mate just returning from Israel after winning a pitch competition for Start in Jerusalem. 

If you are an ilab UQ accelerator alumni and have some great news for us to share about an upcoming product launch, kickstarter or success you would like to celebrate, drop Bec or Sam a line on bec.mcintosh@ilabuq.com.au / sam.pavin@ilabuq.com.au





Upcoming Events and Competitions

Global Startup Weekend Brisbane

17th to 19th November – River City Labs

The 54-hour event will see the largest collaborative gathering of talented and passionate teams pitching their business ideas for a chance to win amazing prizes from sponsors and the opportunity to showcase their concepts to a panel of industry heavyweights. Want to startup? Do not miss this amazing opportunity! 

HYPE UQ SPIN Lab Roadshow

From the 20th to the 23rd of November, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne.

Brisbane, 20th November,

Sydney, 22nd November,

Melbourne, 23 November

UQ Idea Hub Tel Aviv Startup Adventure

A unique overseas innovation and entrepreneurship experience for UQ students based at some of Israel’s best technology startups. Applications closed now. Adventure starting.

The program starts 20th of November until the 19th of December.