Disrupting Law and Enabling Entrepreneurship

 

Preparations @QUTTheCube for Disrupting Law by QUT Starters and The Legal ForecastDL_Sunday_evening_sold_out_audience_for_pitches

Disrupting Law and Enabling Entrepreneurship: an Insider Perspective from ACE

Young entrepreneurs from QUT Starters joined forces with budding legal professionals at The Legal Forecast to host Queensland’s first legal innovation hackathon from August 5-7 at QUT.

According to coverage of the #DisruptingLaw event, hackathon participants demonstrated ‘collaborative excellence’ and ‘impressed members of the legal profession’ with the quality of ideas pitched.

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) was proud to be one of the many supporters of the event and accompany and assist its organisers along the journey. Read more

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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Taking up the Innovation Challenge in Suzhou

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Chinese students of South East University-Monash in Suzhou and visiting postgraduate students from Australia met in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in April to take part in an Australian Government supported entrepreneurs’ boot camp.  The Suzhou event followed a two-day program of site visits in Shanghai to entrepreneurship incubators in Fudan University’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Science and Technology Incubator (Shanghai),  and Tongji University’s FabLab O, and the Zizhu Entrepreneurship Incubator, Zizhu National Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. The site visits showcased the impressive innovation effort and entrepreneurial drive that exists within China today.

The Australian delegation was facilitated by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and was led by Dr Paul Wood ATSE. The boot camp was hosted by South East University-Monash in Suzhou and focused on introducing research students to the principles required to succeed in a competitive innovation‐led world, with a particular focus on Chinese-Australian relationships. Chinese and Australian post-graduate students worked together on real world projects aimed at empowering them to become business leaders of the future.

The boot camp was opened by Australian Consul General to Shanghai, Mr Graeme Meehan, and facilitated by Dr Buzz Palmer, CEO of STC Australia and Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash University.  Participating institutions included Monash University, South East University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney. The four day event was truly a great experience for all.

Thanks go to the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology, Fudan University’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Science and Technology Incubator, Tongji University’s FabLab O, the Zizhu Entrepreneurship Incubator, South East University-Monash Graduate School and Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District Admin Committee for making this visit such a success.

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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ACERE and the ACE Paper Development Bootcamp

The 2016 ACERE Conference was co-organised with Griffith University and held at their premises on the Gold Coast. The conference attracted 30 Delegates from more than 21 countries. We received over 180 submissions, 109 were accepted and scheduled for presentation. 20 of these papers were accepted to the Paper Development Sessions (PDS). The Doctoral Consortium (DC) was very popular with 28 participants. As usual we had an impressive line-up of keynotes: Saras Sarasvathy, Dean Shepherd, Bill Schulze, and Charlene Zietsma, who not only gave a keynote presentation each but also chaired “paper development sessions” and participated in the interactive closing panel. The conference was a great success and participants seemed particularly happy with academic contents as well as organisation and social events. Three best paper awards were granted at the Gala Dinner, namely: Best Paper on Social Entrepreneurship ‘Social enterprises: Exploring accountability in hybrid organisations’ by Gloria Astrid Guraieb Izaguirre, Belinda Luke, Craig Furneaux; Best Qualitative Paper ‘ The Role of Creativity in Entrepreneurial Ideation’ by Tobias Pret, Eleanor Shaw, Sara Carter; and Best Quantitative Paper ‘Fear of failure and behavior inhibition in early-stage entrepreneurs: regulation through passion and goal awareness’ by Silvia Stroe.

The 2017 Conference venue will be a little different to previous years. The main conference program will be held at NAB’s ‘The Village’– a new innovative space for business customers and community partners to connect, learn and work. We are proud to be co-hosting the 2017 conference with RMIT University and welcome The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the QUT Business School, and The UQ Business School as award sponsors.   For the latest on ACERE, keep an eye out for upcoming e-newsletters and stay subscribed to our communication channels.

The conference was preceded by the Paper Development Bootcamp in December. This is a smaller event with about 30 QUT and external participants. Researchers and papers at all levels of development are helped to a suitable “next level” in intense discussion sessions chaired by invited international “star researchers”. This time the invested chairs were Michael Frese, Dean Shepherd (who is a formal adjunct to ACE and participates every year) and Wouter Stam. A bootcamp teaser can be found here.

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How to Make Ideas Bloom Breakfast – 18 May

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Organisations are changing the way they work in order to harness their employees’ big ideas and stay competitive in today’s global marketplace.

Dr Henri Burgers, a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management at QUT, said the trend of corporate entrepreneurship was about adapting business structures to support new ideas from employees.

“In terms of disruption, I think organisations increasingly realise that if they want to be able to deal with that kind of disruptive innovations and those kind of big changes … they need to be able to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of their employees,” he said.

The role of corporate entrepreneurship will be the subject of a Real World Conversation at QUT on May 18. The conversation, Making Ideas Bloom will feature speakers from industry and QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.

Dr Burger said studies showed that at any given time, about 6% of the adult population, most of whom are in working environments, are starting a business.

“If you apply that to an organisation … say it has a hundred thousand employees – that means that at any given time, about six thousand of those employees are working on a new business idea or an entrepreneurial idea,” he said.

Research carried out around the world showed that about two-thirds of people started a business  highly related to their current organisation.

“There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that they often want to contribute this to their organisation but somehow they found roadblocks,” he said.

“(It might be) A manager that says, ‘No, focus on your current work.  No time for fiddling around with new ideas’.”

Firms are increasingly contracting employees for short-term projects as a way of engaging and enhancing corporate entrepreneurship.

“Even if it’s not about starting your own business, it’s about managing your career in an entrepreneurial way that you’ll be able to self manage these kinds of projects and new ideas.”

Dr Burgers said organisations tended to invest large amounts into few ideas and were generally good at predicting the outcomes of these investments.

The challenge with more disruptive or radical innovations is that they are much more unpredictable.

“We don’t know now what’s going to come out and if you apply that same approach, you’re very often wrong.”

“The challenge for orgnisations is to find ways to almost play that numbers game better.”

He suggests Lean Startups as a way of experimenting with many different ideas at low costs and the ones that succeed, the firms can take to the next level.

“If there’s all these would be entrepreneurs in your organisation, you can tap into those and some of those will be very good ideas.”

Hear more at the next Real World Futures  event – How To Make Ideas Bloom Breakfast on Wednesday 18 May 2016.  Learn more about the event and register here.

QUT ACE – Creating A More Entrepreneurial Organisation In Three Steps – watch the video

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Breaking the Barriers to Student Entrepreneurship

Republished with the permission of the authorTim Hui, President of Fellowship of Medical Engineers & Student Ambassador at QUT.  Photography credit to Marvin Fox Photography.

May 31 saw a close to the Startup Hatch program, with a finale Showcase Event. Startup Hatch was a program planned over a period of 4.5 months, that kicked off on March 2nd and concluded on March 31st that gave university students the opportunity to turn ideas into reality.

Students were encouraged to submit their idea at the start throughout January – February and pitch at Startup Hatch Launch for input and co-founders who could bring new and contrasting skillsets to their team. Startup Hatch Launch saw the formation of 13 teams and by the end of March, there were 19 teams taking part in the program. There were 15 partners, including leading companies to give students a unique insight and develop the core aspects of entrepreneurship and starting a business.

The final day of Startup Hatch, the Showcase, was ultimately a success with 9 of the teams willingly pitching to a panel of three judges and an audience of over 150 people. Read more

The Business Model Generation – Value Proposition Design

As previously advised, Professor Professor Yves Pigneur – co-inventor of the Business Model Canvas – gave a public ACE presentation at QUT on 27 March 2015. At the event, Yves, introduced new tools for Value Proposition Design from his new book by the same name. Yves has now provided us with a slide deck of Value Proposition Design, which we can share with you. Please find it here.

PUBLIC SEMINAR by Yves Pigneur, Co-Author of ‘Business Model Generation’

How To Design and Test Business Models and Value Propositions

Friday 27 March 2015 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Kindler Theatre, QUT Gardens Point Campus, P-421  map

In this interactive talk with hands-on exercises Yves Pigneur will introduce the latest Business Model Innovation and Lean Startup tools. Participants will learn the latest on how to design and test business models and value propositions to decrease the risks of innovation. He will, in particular, get participants to apply the concepts and tools from his new book, “Value Proposition Design”. Design thinking and customer development will also be emphasised for exploring, prototyping and experimenting value propositions and business models. Ground rules and pitfalls in the usage of the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas will be illustrated.

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Yves Pigneur is a professor at the University of Lausanne (HEC), and has recently held visiting professorships at University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore and HEC Montreal. With Alexander Osterwalder, they co-authored the international bestseller “Business Model Generation”, translated into 30 languages. In 2014, they co-authored the new book on “Value Proposition Design”.

RSVP by Thursday 26 March, 2015

Free of charge – registration essential – PLEASE REGISTER HERE

For more information please contact Karen Taylor k3.taylor@qut.edu.au  +61 7 31382035