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Turning ideas into startups and innovators into founders at The University of Queensland.

Get Inspired

Get practical ideas and inspiration on building your big idea at UQ



Get Involved

If you’re a student or a startup find out how to get involved with ilab UQ – Intern with a startup, help out as an ilab ambassador ..


Make it Happen

Build a real startup through our Startup Builder and Germinate Accelerator programs.


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What our startups say

  • "Bernie and the team at ilab go above and beyond to create a fantastic environment. I went in not sure what I would receive from the program, but I walk away with valuable insight, contacts and many new friends. I appreciate all their support, encouragement and time, hopefully I will be able to repay all their generosity one day soon" 
    Sandra Moffatt, FounderStandInBaby
  • "I was fortunate to be part of the recent ilab Mini-accelerator where the collaboration with other cohort members and mentor advice received was instrumental in driving me to address, and improve aspects of my business. Accelerators like this can be the impetus for startups to push through uncertainty & achieve better outcomes, and I would recommend this program for any ideation/early stage Start-up. "
    Anne-Marie Walton, FounderExpress2Fun
  • "I am so thankful to the ilab team and  their mini accelerator initiative that gives people like me the opportunity to experience what an accelerator program is. I have learnt key steps for developing my business idea and I have had the best mentors ever. They gave me feedback, ideas, recommendations and even they put me in contact with key people that may be interested in helping my startup. Definitely, this has been one of the best experiences in my life and I will be always very thankful to the ilab team."
    Clarissa Rios Rojas, FounderEkpapalek
  • "I left the accelerator with the type of practical knowledge I hadn't gained at university and feel much more comfortable in the idea of starting a business because of it. The program was fast paced, but the ilab team provided a selfless level of dedication towards the program." 
    Joshua Bitossi, Co-founderOpenHood
  • “Crash course Bootcamp for whipping your start up into shape - from business plans to legal to marketing - it was all here to get you focussed and ready to pitch, pitch, pitch your idea! Invaluable guidance whether you make it or not into ilab. Would recommend to anyone who has a great idea but wants to know if others agree it is one.”

    Rebecca Sullivan, co-founderSMSFCheck - Germinate 7
  • “For someone without startup or business experience, ilab bootcamp is like an information sledgehammer. Moving between moments of terror and elation, the experience certainly changes one, and improves one's business thinking in a very rapid way.”

    Caleb Hattingh, Founder of CodoMojoBootcamp
  • “Mentor blaze is such a great opportunity to reach out, ask questions and make valuable connections – I recommend it to anyone thinking of, doing or involved in a start-up”

    Simone PerkinsFounder, Germinate 3
  • “Mentor Blaze is like receiving a transfusion of pure enthusiasm”

    Mike Avey\Investor Mentor
  • Mentor Blaze is a fantastic opportunity to get high quality feedback from very experienced entrepreneurs”. Nish Bandara, Mentee 2014

    Nish BandaraFounder, Germinate 6
  • "Mentor Blaze is the perfect introduction for the curious newcomer or emergent IT leader"

    Michelle McAllisterMentor Blaze Mentee
  • "The ilab incubate program gives us the freedom to explore and create innovative solutions.  We would not have survived without it."

    Eban EscottCrowdSites - Incubate
  • "This is not your garden variety Bootcamp weekend. The mentors and entrepreneurs-in-residence are there to give you bluntly practical information, and their advice embodies the 'lean' mantra. We improved orders of magnitude each day - just when you think you're getting comfortable in your approach, confronting and challenging new advice comes along and you're improving by another order of magnitude."
    Callum PottsAudera - Germinate
  • "The advice, guidance and support on offer from the ilab mentors and cohort has been absolutely invaluable in helping us 'build to last'."
    Petrina BuckleyCredosity - Germinate
  • "ilab's germinate program helped me go from just an idea to having an MVP. It wasn't about the funding, it was about the support and they helped me identify my own personal goals as well as goals for the business. They gave me opportunities that would have never been made available to me, and it has given me the motivation and determination to see what could be."
    Christopher DrakeElastice - Germinate