International sportstech startups come to Brisbane and more – read the ilab UQ news

International sportstech startups come to Brisbane and more – read the ilab UQ news


We bring you the ilab UQ news in a nutshell. Startups, mentors, events and achievements.
January 2018

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  • ilab UQ goes international with the UQ HYPE Sportstech Accelerator.
  • Not Only Founders, a Video Interview of an ilab Startup Intern
  • Special Offer for Startups to Showcase at UQ
  • Valuing startups: panel discussion with the best in Queensland
  • Startup Successes and Launches (quite a lot coming up!)
  • Upcoming Events and Competitions

ilab UQ Hosts International Sportstech Startups

94 applications, teams coming from all over Australia, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand and, ultimately, 12 startups selected!

It was a busy Christmas shortlisting and organising the first bootcamp in the world for the UQ HYPE global sportstech accelerator. Welcoming 26 teams for 3 days of workshops, pitching, competition and networking with the aim to select the “crème de la crème” of sports startups in the region. The judging panel was full of talent as well and included Greg Swan, CEO Brisbane Lions, Nikki Dryden, PwC and dual Canadian Olympian, sports tech CEOs Laurie Malone, Vald Performance and Markus Deutsch, Fusion Sports.
Following bootcamp, UQ’s Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and Queensland’s acting Chief Scientist, Dr Christine Williams, announced the 12 startups selected for the very first edition of the UQ HYPE sportstech accelerator. Those selected will benefit from fast track access to global sports tech mentors and markets, as well as a unique chance to pitch for $25,000 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April, on the Gold Coast.
If you are an interested investor, sports innovator or in the business of sport, then you can register your interest to attend to attend  HERE.

Have a look at a photo summary of the weekend on our Facebook page UQ HYPE Sportstech startups accelerator bootcamp weekend

Neeraj Aggarwala, CEO of startup SportIDO flew in from New Delhi to for bootcamp. SportIDO’s inspiring mission is to make sport accessible to all Indians.
Oscar Wong, founder Eggplant Technologies from Hong Kong, demonstrating his intelligent in-home Gym – Move it to ilab Germinate 11 founder Josh Tambunan.
UQ at the NBA All Stars!
UQ’s Associate Professor Sarah Kelly will be joining executives from Spalding and Silicon Valley Bank as a guest judge for HYPE’s upcoming global sportstech competition in Los Angeles coinciding with the 2018 NBA All Stars game on Feb 15.

UQ Startup Interns In Action!

As a UQ student, one way to really learn about what startups are all about is to seek out internship opportunities with qualified startups.  Listen to Djina Teurquetil as she explains her fascinating journey from internee to employee following her participation in ilab UQ’s Winter Internship program and subsequent placement with the awesome Scrunch.  Djina is a Dual Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Commerce at UQ, Majoring in Information Systems and International Business whose role at Scrunch is Influencer Campaign Manager.

If you are a student and are interested in expanding your experience and understanding of the entrepreneurial startups, then register for ilab UQ’s upcoming Winter Internship program. Register HERE.

Startup looking for Grads?
UQ’s Startup Laneway is for you.

Startups needs great graduates too so UQ is providing a unique opportunity for young startups to access UQ’s brightest upcoming graduates at the UQ Careers Fair which attracts over 4,000 students. We are creating a unique Startup Laneway where as a startup, you can showcase your product and culture, and position your business in front of students looking for opportunity and join us in promoting entrepreneurship and startups as a career path!

UQ’s annual Careers Fair is the largest event of its kind in Queensland and will be held from 10:00am – 2:00pm on 21st March 2018. If you are a student, then don’t forget to check out this year’s Startup Laneway

Special Offer: We have negotiated a super special rate for startups (20 spots available, going fast), reduced from $1,400 to $200 (including lunch). Come showcase your business and products, position your business in front of (thousands of) students and join us in promoting entrepreneurship and startups as a career path!

Securing your spot at Careers Fair follows a two-step process:
1. Register on UQ StudentHub here and
2. Use this special link to secure your super startup rate Register for the UQ Careers Fair here

Valuing Startups – Art or Science?

UQ Business School and the Australian Institute for Business & Economics (AIBE) are bringing together an expert panel, moderated by ilab UQ’s Director, Bernie Woodcroft, to explore the issues surrounding valuing early-stage startups:

To join the 100+ currently registered attendees, please register HERE before Monday 5 February.    As a bonus, the event will be held at UQ’s brilliant new downtown site, UQ Brisbane City

ilab UQ Startups Celebrating Success and Launches

News from our latest startups

Vibelabs are launching their new product, UQU Vibe, in collaboration with UQ Union, during Orientation Week (12th to 16th of February). Stay tuned and come meet them if you are around
Micromelon Robotics are organising an early access workshop on the 10th February at the UQ St Lucia Campus! Tickets are $30 and they are looking for any 8-15 year olds who are interested in robots or learning to code to come along. Do not miss out, they make learning fun!  Book HERE.
Brisbane Tool Library has found a venue located in West End, and have also launched their crowdfunding campaign.
Check it out and feel free to support an amazing social enterprise by getting your membership or choosing one of the other rewards.

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 /

UQ Idea Hub Summer Session 2018

Are you a UQ student interested in entrepreneurship and innovation?  Applications are now open for the UQ Idea Hub Summer Session 2018!
You will attend six exclusive workshops focused on innovation, design and business skills and be mentored by experienced local and global innovators to equip you with the skills and knowledge to get you on your startup journey.
Summer Session begins Wednesday 28 February and runs every Wednesday for six weeks from 5-7.30pm.
Apply HERE  today.
Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply the highly sought after
Startup Adventure program, a
4 week international internship in global startup hotspots from Shanghai to Tel Aviv, supported by a scholarship.

Upcoming Opportunities, Events and Competitions

UQ Orientation Week – We are showcasing the Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiatives on offer at UQ! 
From learning about startups to building your own business. Technology, services, social enterprise, hear and learn from UQ entrepreneurs and innovators!
Meet us on Monday 12 February, in the Great Court (near Merlot café) from 11am to 3pm and on Wednesday 14 February, for Market Day! 

ilab Germinate 11 Pitch Night – Coming soon, Wednesday 14 March. Mark it down! 

ilab Mentor Blaze – Put it in your diary for Wednesday 9 May! 

Global Startup Weekend Women, Brisbane
Friday, February 9 – 11, 2018 , Apply HEREGet in touch, we have discount codes! 

Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program
Applications are now open and close 12 February 2018. Apply HERE.

The incomparable Dee Deng, co-founder Right Hook Digital and ilab Alumni, dropping by for some mentoring and trying to make sense of ilab’s new wall graphic.
Dee had just stepped off the plane from Los Angeles where he had taken the global stage as a guest presenter at the latest Stacking Growth Summit talking all things growth marketing.
The man has come a long way with many pivots since Germinate 4..

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