QUT Hosting Free Lean Startup Lessons in Facilitated PLAYING LEAN Gaming Workshop

Want to learn The Lean Startup skills & theory in a fun, gamified, and interactive format, led by qualified facilitators?

Then our PLAYING LEAN Gaming Workshop is for you!  Whether you’re a prospective or seasoned entrepreneur, an intranpreneur, entrepreneurship educator or just wanting to learn startup skills efficiently and effectively, this workshop has benefits for you!

Thanks to our friends at BIG JUMP – the team that officially introduced the PLAYING LEAN boardgame to Australia (founded by QUT alumni), we will be hosting PLAYING LEAN Gaming Workshops at entrepreneurship hub QUT foundry.

There are two sessions in total. Both are free of charge, but places are limited, so register now:

  • Wednesday, 17 May Evening Session (Free; Limited Spaces): 
  • Thursday, 18 May Day Session (Free; Limited Spaces):

Additionally, if you are interested in a train the trainer session, to facilitate future PLAYING LEAN workshop and gaming sessions, the next training session in Brisbane is:

Important: please get in quick and register if you’re keen as we will be promoting these events more widely within QUT + publicly shortly and spaces to play* are limited! [*If you’re keen to just watch, feel free to come too without registering.  First come first in to space fills].

https://www.student.qut.edu.au/foundry

https://www.student.qut.edu.au/foundry

 

The Secret Energy of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is the key skill that drives business development. It has been part of commercial life through time immemorial but as technology changes the nature of the work it will become a key skill for everyone.

Entrepreneurship is now a career choice for everyone from graduates to executives wanting to change their roles to semi-retirees wanting to stay active. So what makes entrepreneurs succeed? One attribute is their sheer energy to succeed.

In this Real World Conversation, four entrepreneurs share with each other what energises them and one of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship explains the attributes of success. And you get to participate through a Q & A session.

Date   Wednesday 17 May 2017

Venue   Gardens Theatre Foyer | QUT GP | 2 George Street, Brisbane

Time   7.00am  – 9.00am  A light breakfast will be available.

Guests are welcome to stay after the event for a visit to QUT’s new co-      working spaces, the foundries, home to 15 different start-up ventures.

Cost   $45.00 per person ($5.00 will be donated to the QUT Learning Potential Fund)

Contact   realworldfutures@qut.edu.au  Kathy McCabe  (07) 3138 1906

Parking   Paid parking is available in SEC car park.

Speakers

Wayne Gerard is co-founder and CEO of RedEye Apps and a director of StartupAUS, a national advocacy body  for technology start-ups. He was Queensland’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. RedEye Apps is a world-leading tech start-up which has created new ways of managing, sharing and storing engineering drawings and data for the resources, utilities and infrastructure industries.

Tamara Mills is founder of a range of medical technology businesses in Australia and North America Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Glucotek Inc, a business that sprang out of her participation in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp recently hosted at QUT as well as chief operations officer of De Motu Cordis, a local Brisbane based Medtech start-up. She has over 10 years’ experience in development and commercialisation of medical technologies.

 Alexander Dreiling is CEO and co-founder of Clipchamp Pty Ltd, a technology company that allows fast and easy video sharing. It operates in Australia and the US. The business sprung out of Alexander’s involvement in a QUT Bluebox accelerator. He is a former associate professor of the university.

Ingrid Rodriguez is founder and CEO of Eikonic, a participant in the Advance Queensland HotDesQ program. It’s mission is to develop technology to prevent gum disease and tooth decay which impacts disadvantaged communities. She is a passionate social entrepreneur.

Professor Per Davidsson is director of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) based at QUT. He is one of the world’s most cited researchers on entrepreneurship and has a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 Danielle Duell is founder and CEO of People With Purpose and the regular moderator of Real World Futures events. She is also an entrepreneur with a history of start-ups in the fashion, tourism and technology industries.

MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @QUT

You will be pushed to your limit. You will learn. You will have fun.

QUT has been selected to host the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at Gardens Point campus in Brisbane in March, 2017.

The highly-selective camp condenses a one year MIT course into a week-long, action-based learning experience for budding entrepreneurs picked from across the world.

Applicants must apply to MIT by the latest January 31, 2017 and selection is based on five criteria – rigor, initiative, contribution to community, team and cultural fit and entrepreneurship potential.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake said the university was proud to have been selected to host the bootcamp.

The partnership between, QUT, MIT and the Queensland Government means QUT will offer three scholarships to attend the bootcamp, including one specifically for an Indigenous Australian.

“We have been building an entrepreneurial focus across the university for some time now and staging the bootcamp at our Gardens Point campus will allow us to take this to the next level,” Professor Coaldrake said

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Innovation and Design Thinking @ QUT

Thanks to ACE researcher Dr. Judy Matthews attracting her to QUT, we could enjoy a speech by Jeanne Liedtka at the Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Monday, 26 September 2016. Jeanne is Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Management, University of Virginia.

Her speech was on “design thinking”, especially in the context of innovation. The design thinking movement challenges social scientists not to stop at academic publication of their findings, but to translate them into a toolkit that practitioners actually can and will use. Liedtka has previously promoted this approach in her books The Catalyst, Designing for Growth: A design thinking tool kit for managers, and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works. At the closing of the event ACE Director Per Davidsson took the podium to deliver the thanks to Professor Liedka. Per exemplified the impact design thinking can have with the Business Model Canvas—which may do not even know is an academic product—and reminded about the recent visit to QUT and ACE by one of its creators, Professor Yves Pigneur. Some of the background of this success story is revealed in this conversation between Yves, Per, and ACE Deputy Director, Professor Paul Steffens. While being self-critical on behalf on mainstream social science in his concluding remarks, Per also pointed out that input from such research are an important building block in performing the low cost experiments that can lead to a design-based solution that works.

The links to Jeanne Liedtka’s presentation can be found here:

Part 1 link is https://youtu.be/2fEIG-M8oUo

Part 2 link is https://youtu.be/Fcswyx5PvyY

Call for ACERE 2017 abstracts

The abstract submission portal is open and the deadline to submit is 21 August 2016.  Abstracts must be submitted online and uploaded in a specific format.  Abstracts must be in English, approximately 900 words and clearly state: title, principal topic, method, results and implications.  Please read ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and instructions before you submit.

The suitability of all abstracts will be checked by a ‘double-blind’ international panel of colleagues.  If the abstract is accepted, participants will then be invited to submit a 15 page Full Paper.   Full papers will be due on 1 November 2016.  Only full papers submitted on or before this date will be double blind peer reviewed, will qualify for awards and will qualify to be nominated for the PDS Sessions.

We are looking very much forward to welcoming you to Melbourne along with our fabulous line up of keynotes and panelists.
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QUT students join some of the world’s most forward thinking designers & innovators

The DIS Experience Night was an eye opening event on the integration of technology with the human body. The concepts which were displayed and demonstrated throughout the night gave a glimpse into what the future of human integrated technology may look like. There was an array of concepts both ready for commercial release, as well as others which were highly fictional, encouraging the audience to question life and the way society may communicate with such fused technology.

Overall, the DIS Experience Night was a great opportunity to mix wDIS nightith engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and industry experts, whilst giving an alternate view on the way we look at technology.

ACE proudly supports sponsorship of QUT students to attend these inspiring and innovative events.  Many thanks to Sean Davidson from Fold Products for sharing your thoughts about this event.

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Research vignettes – print and video

We have published another sketchbook video vignette, namely Henri Burgers’ “Creating A More Entrepreneurial Organisation In Three Steps”. Be one of the first 1,000 to view it!

You can access our other sketchbook video vignettes on innovation, bricolage, growth, business planning and the start-up process here.

We also have two new print vignettes (2-page, lay language summaries of research):

The complete collection of print vignettes is available here.

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Funding Success

ACE has just received $100,000 funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in 2016. Now into its 17th year, the GEM project is the largest study of entrepreneurship in the world, benchmarking entrepreneurship activity, attitudes and aspirations of over 80 countries annually. The project is led by ACE Deputy Director, Associate Professor Paul Steffens and ACE has acted as the Australian GEM partner since 2010 – participated in the GEM project in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Earlier, Swinburne University participated in GEM for several years in the period 2000-2006.

Per Davidsson from ACE has, together with Jan Recker and Frederik von Briel from the Information Systems School, just received $70,000 Catapult funding from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments (IFE) for their interdisciplinary research project on IT hardware start-ups. IT hardware start-ups are an important element in the global economy and have recently witnessed a surge in interest and investment; however, to date there is no research that offers explanations for these movements. The project will identify IT hardware start-ups globally and investigate factors that foster their emergence, survival, and growth.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

On the Tuesday of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), ACE co-hosted a breakfast seating 120 to discuss “Future Working: The Age of Entrepreneurship”—a fitting theme in Australia of today. ACE Deputy Director Paul Steffens introduced the topic, and four practitioners – Ran Heimann, Vanessa Garrard, Jeremy Liddle and Rebecca Wilson – shared their insights on immigrant, women, youth, and senior entrepreneurship. Based on this success, ACE and QUT’s Real World Futures group have co-organized a second breakfast event “How To Make Ideas Bloom” on Wednesday 18 May.

On the Thursday of GEW, ACE and IP Australia welcomed 75 participants to “No patent, no success? How to protect your business idea.” A mix of practitioner and academic presenters gave a multi-faceted illustration of the world of intellectual property protection. Panellists Kevin Restrick, Matthew Rimmer, Brent Watts and Sam James shared their expertise and answered questions from the engaged audience. ACE Director Per Davidsson did the concluding wrap-up and ACE Post Doc Annelore Huyghe did an excellent job in both organizing and leading this highly appreciated event.

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New Publications

At long last, the new edition of ACE Director Per Davidsson’s book “Researching Entrepreneurship” has been published electronically and in print by Springer. The new edition has been thoroughly updated and amended throughout, and two of the old chapters have been replaced by entirely new chapters on “The Dependent Variable” and “The Entrepreneurship Nexus”. Per has also continued his crusade against “entrepreneurial opportunity” as a central research construct in this recent opinion piece in Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

ACE Post Doc Annelore Huyghe has had a major hit with “Unraveling the ‘Passion Orchestra’ in Academia” in Journal of Business Venturing, with co-authors Mirjam Knockaert and Martin Obschonka. . The article recasts the entrepreneur driven by a singular passion to one with a ‘passion orchestra’; individuals are likely to hold multiple passions, connected to actual or possible identities, which simultaneously affect the venture creation process. One of their key findings is that individuals’ obsessive passions for non-entrepreneurial roles can positively affect the entrepreneurial transitions.

Some additional, recent articles within the ACE domain that we have not reported in previous newsletters are:

Arundel A., Casali G.L., & Hollanders H. (2015). How European public sector agencies innovate: the use of bottom-up, policy-dependent and knowledge-scanning innovation methods. Research Policy, 44(7), 1271 – 1282.

Huyghe, A., & Knockaert, M. (2016). The Relationship Between University Culture and Climate and Research Scientists’ Spin-off Intentions. In D. Audretsch, E. Lehmann, M. Meoli, & S. Vismari (Eds.) University Evolution, Entrepreneurial Activity and Regional Competitiveness (pp. 3-26). Springer International Publishing.

Sawang, S., Parker, R., & Hine, D. (2016). How small business advisory programme delivery methods (collective learning, tailored and practice-based approaches) affect learning and innovation. Journal of Small Business Management, 54(1), 244 – 261.

Senderovitz, M., Klyver, K., & Steffens, P. (Online 2015). Four years on: are the gazelles still running? A longitudinal Study of Firm Performance after a Period of Rapid Growth. International Small Business Journal. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242614567483.

Weerawardena, J., Sullivan-Mort, G., Salunke, S., Knight, G., & Liesch, P. (2015). The role of the market sub-system and the socio-technical sub-system in innovation and early internationalization: a dynamic capabilities approach. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 43(2), 221 – 239.

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