QUT Foundry Showcase Event

Come along to the foundry’s Pitch ‘n Party: an evening of celebration, connection and competition!

Program teaser:

Raw Ideas
Raw Ideas is a competition for fresh ideas from members of the QUT community to be pitched for prizes including $500 and incubation.

If you’ve got a new idea you want to get launched, pitch it for feedback and a chance to win! You can sign up here now or see if there’s a spot left on the night.

Battle of the Brands
Established startup brands hailing from QUT’s entrepreneurship ecosystem will compete in an unconventional challenge which promises to entertain you.

Event details:
Thursday October 18
5:00pm-8:00pm
QUT foundry, D block, room 214, QUT Gardens Point Campus
REGISTER. Free event.

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Join the Design jam

For the first time, the World Hospital Congress, being held this year in Brisbane, will feature a one-day Design Jam.

Design jam brings a diversity of people together (students, researchers and problem solvers from across and beyond health) to co-design and pitch solutions to improve health and care.

We invite you to get involved and contribute your unique skills and experience. Read on to learn about the various opportunities.

Design Jam details:
October 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Register
(tickets from $15.00)

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Practice your pitch

Being able to pitch an idea is a valuable skill – whether in entrepreneurship or in your every day personal life. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to develop and pitch ideas and significant prizes, support, and/or promotion available.

These include:

At QUT foundry’s Pitch Coaching sessions:

  • practice pitching your idea for a product, startup business or social enterprise (whatever stage it’s at – from ‘just an idea’, to prototype, minimum viable product, or new venture)
  • get constructive feedback from panelists – to both improve your pitch and idea
  • get competition ready!

The next session is Thursday September 13, from 12-2PM. Register here.

QUT Hosts First Intergenerational Challenge, Harnessing Diversity for Problem-Solving

This week QUT hosted InCahoots: Australia’s first intergenerational innovation challenge, harnessing cross-generational thinking to solve significant real world challenges.

The pilot event, co-created by QUT foundry & QUT IFE, catalysed cross-generational (and cross-sector) collaboration.

Participants let their passion for solving a particular problem, rather than their age or qualifications, guide their teaming.

After several hours, all nine teams showed their capacity to be creative and develop and pitch business opportunities for profit and positive impact.

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Seeing Business Opportunities in the Changing Environment

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, the leading hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and small business research in Australia, along with QUT foundry, an innovation and startup hub at QUT, invite you to the free breakfast seminar:

“How to Understand Different Changes in the Business Environment & Their Potential to Trigger, Shape & Enhance Business Opportunities”.

Hear from experts in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, design, hardware, robotics and health. Please register now to secure your place.

Event details:
Friday 1 June, 7am Breakfast, 7:30am Talks.
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block.
FREE
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Koficon – where people and ideas connect

KofiCon brings together QUT higher degree students, doctoral graduates and researchers from all disciplines. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, connect and collaborate in a relaxed setting.

Free, and all welcome.

 

Event details:
May 10, 10am on “The Terrace”, Level 5, R Block (Library)
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
Register.

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“Make it For the Real World” – enter the QUT foundry Challenge

 

QUT foundry “Make it For the Real World” Challenge | Apply by May 10 (12PM)

Submit the Best Idea, Problem to be Solved, or Proposed Solution, to be Made and
you could win free tickets to Australia’s 1st Hardware Startup Weekend, May 11-13.

Got a great idea, problem to solve, or proposed solution, which needs to be made for the real world (e.g., as a physical prototype or minimum viable product (MVP)) using maker space resources? Or would you if you had (free) access to a maker space with tools, equipment (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters), materials & mentors to make it?

QUT foundry wants to see great ideas & important problems solved, including by helping inventors and problem solvers to create a physical prototype or minimum viable product for the real world.  That’s why we’re offering free tickets to Australia’s First Hardware Startup Weekend, in Brisbane May 11-13, for the best ideas/problems submitted to us by May 10.

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How to Think Strategically and Be Agile in a Fast Changing World

The workshop is centred around helping you, whether a startup founder, business manager, or otherwise, to think strategically and act with agility in an environment characterised by unprecedented technological and social change.

Led by a strategist in the technology space, Jordan Duffy (a young entrepreneur and partner of Buckham and Duffy), this workshop draws on: design thinking principles; agile methodology; evolution; and strategic management. 

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Events to inspire, enable and connect

  


QUT foundry is here to help inspire, connect, and enable QUT connected students, staff, researchers, graduates and alumni to solve problems, shape opportunities, leverage technologies, and realise ideas and dreams to start, build and scale businesses and social enterprises, for economic and positive impact.

Here are some must-attend events coming up, plus new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs:

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