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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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

Future Working: The Age of Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM (AEST)



Australia’s new Prime Minister has issued the nation a challenge: to become more entrepreneurial and innovative so we can keep improving our living standards in a more competitive world.

The challenge for Malcolm Turnbull is to foster an environment where this can happen.
Future Working – The Age of Entrepreneurship is a Real World Conversation where these challenges will be analysed. And some solutions to the impediments to entrepreneurship will be identified. We already know that young small-to-medium enterprises are the engine room of job growth but what more can a more entrepreneurial society achieve?

The questions to be examined include how entrepreneurship can ease underemployment, youth unemployment and help new immigrant groups to Australia. There are also challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs to serve (or be drawn) from the increased ageing population. This event will bring together perspectives from different arenas to identify an agenda for development.

The Real World Conversation, in partnership with Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, invite you to hear leading speakers on these issues and participate in small group workshops which will create an agenda for change to help address this national challenge.

SPEAKERS: Prof Per Davidsson | Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Assoc Prof Paul Steffens | Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Ran Heimann | Founder & CEO, Haystack, Vanessa Garrard | Founder & CEO, E3 Style  Rebecca Wilson | Founder & CEO, Starts at 60, Jeremy Liddle | CEO, CapitalPitch

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.

Business Model Generation bookcover

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


Global Entrepreneurship Week is 17 – 22 November 2014.  Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

This year the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Centre at the QUT Business School have organized a couple of events to kick off the week – Read more

QSBW – a busy time for ACE !

2014 Queensland Small Business Week (September 1-5) was a busy time for ACE, with lots of external exposure and great networking. It started on the Monday with the high profile event “Are You a Business Tiger?”, organised by the Small Business Minister’s office, in QUT’s exquisite “Room Three-Sixty”. ACE Director, Per Davidsson, was one of the key presenters-panelists, along with Dhruba Gupta, Paul Niederer, Kit Kriewaldt and Emily Jade O’Keeffe.  Per’s speech was one of “encouragement and caution” – based on research – in relation to canonising the most rapidly growing firms in the economy. The event was also streamed to over 700 participants in regions throught out Queensland.  The Queensland Minster for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, closed the plenary part of the event. This was followed by roundtable sessions, many of which were facilitated by ACE and QUT Business School affilates, Paul Steffens, Rowena Barrett, Stephane Tywoniak, John Polichronis, Sukie Sawang, Sandeep Salunke, Tonis Mets, Julienne Senyard and Deb McGregor. Read more

Promoting the culture of entrepreneurship and startups at QUT

QUT Starters promotes a culture of entrepreneurship and startups among students and focusses on experimenting with startup ideas through the use of modern business methodologies such as the lean startup. Their goal is to create a supportive community of entrepreneurs in which teams can be formed, ideas can be generated and startups can learn and grow.

This exciting new group have big plans for this semester, including hosting a number of workshops, guest speaker presentations and competitions with prizes to be won. As well as teaching members the best methods for success, they offer personalised business advice and support to students through their growing network of industry and professional contacts.

Anyone is welcome to join the society and or come along to the events. Check them out on facebook or visit the website at www.qutlean.com

ACE Represented at the G20 Agenda for Growth Meeting

Per Davidsson and Karen Taylor represented the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at “the G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for SMEs” conference, called by the general Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, in Melbourne on Friday, June 20.  The meeting was held in a very historic place – the Victorian Parliament – in the very room which also hosted the first federal parliament of Australia in the early 1900sAll important SME-related organisations were represented among the 100+ delegates, so it was an excellent networking opportunity for ACE . Per took the floor twice, summarizing stylized facts from research related to the conference theme, as well as their policy implications, and seems to have made an impression. The Minister impressed by attending in person for most of the day and we also got a chance to talk to him face-to-face and provide him with a set of ACE research vignettes, including this one, which was prepared specifically for this meeting.  We are currently following up on the important contacts we made at the meeting. Read more about the meeting

New fund to take ideas from workshop to shopfront

Clever ideas and innovations that will improve the lives of Queensland families now have a better chance of getting to the market with the State’s new $1.5 million grant program.

Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said the Government’s Accelerate Ideas grant program aimed to encourage people from throughout Queensland and industry to work together on turning good ideas into commercial reality.

Mr Walker said the funding was aimed at Queensland individuals, businesses and university researchers who often found the leap from workshop to shopfront financially challenging.

“Grants of between $25,000 and $50,000 will be given to successful applicants who are at the point of demonstrating the commercial viability of their innovations. So, for example, they’ve developed a prototype and need support to validate their product to get it to the next stage along the commercial pipeline,” Mr Walker said. Read more