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Monday, June 20th, 2016

Bond University opens The Hub

Bond University has officially opened the doors to The Hub—its new 24-7 dedicated coworking space for entrepreneurs and startups—on level 3 of the Bond Business School.

The Hub, which is centrally located at the heart of campus, is a funky, open-plan office kitted out with high-speed WiFi, a 79 inch ultra HD screen, comfy soft furnishings, soft warm lighting, and of course—as any good startup space has—the ubiquitous ping pong table.

Bond University opens The Hub

The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs (Photo credit: Bond University)

Bond Architecture alumni, Rory Spence and Joel Hutchines of Studio Workshop Design Group, designed the stunning bespoke timber furniture for The Hub. The high benchtop tables are made of natural timber and can be morphed into more than 20 different configurations, ensuring maximum movability and flexibility of use.

The Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre, Assistant Professor Baden U’Ren, said The Hub is the ideal meeting place, and learning space, to facilitate cross-faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs and will provide the perfect working space for startups to form, storm, norm and perform.”

“A lot of effort has gone in to the design of The Hub to ensure it caters for the different outcomes required: there are engaged active spaces; more relaxed collaborative spaces; structured workplaces and a low-lit ‘hideaway’ space which serves as a place to decompress or simply chill out.

“We’ve visited, and drew inspiration from, some of the world’s most innovative and successful startup spaces – Stanford’s d.school, Rocketspace, the Cambridge Innovation Centre—they’ve all influenced the design of the space.

“Over the past few years, Bond has established itself as a major centre of innovation on the Gold Coast, and with the launch of The Hub, we now also have a best-in-breed co-working space.”

Bond University was recently named the Gold Coast’s regional ‘Hot DesQ Host’ as part of an $8 million Advance Queensland government initiative to encourage startups from across the country, and the globe, to relocate to Queensland.

The Hub will become ‘Hot DesQ HQ’ for those startups who choose to base themselves on the Gold Coast.

Dr U’ren said Bond was the perfect choice of ‘Hot DesQHost’ for the Gold Coast region.

“We are an international university with a strong focus on global commerce and have one of the most active commercialisation centres in the region, backed by our own accelerator program—the Bond Business Accelerator.

“Bond is a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs, not just through the Bond Business School’s Entrepreneurship subjects and our Accelerator program but also through our strong ties to the South-east Queensland startup community.

“Additionally, we are highly engaged in a number of regional entrepreneurial initiatives including Gold Coast Demo Day, Ideas Camp, the Silicon Valley Study Tour and the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.

“Beyond The Hub, the university has incredible resources and facilities at startups’ disposal including the Macquarie Trading Centre, the Global Links Room for international networking, videoconferencing and collaboration, and a fully functioning film and television studio.

“These startups will have access to cutting-edge entrepreneurs from Bond and beyond, plus staff who can connect them to academics, researchers and students who are experts in their relative fields, be that health tech, e-commerce, tourism or law—to name just a few.

“Our students will also benefit from having a direct connection to cutting-edge business and thought leaders from all over the world, and the opportunity to gain insight, work experience and internships with these aspirational new businesses.”

The Hot DesQ program is modelled on successful international programs such as Startup Chile which has been running since 2010 and the French Tech Ticket launched just last year.

Applications for international and interstate startups to participate in the program are now open on www.HotDesQ.com.au.


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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

UQ Idea Hub

Students with a passion for entrepreneurship are set to benefit from the University of Queensland’s new UQ Idea Hub program.

The program will bring together workshops, experienced mentors and a network of local and global innovators to help grow ideas and to equip students with knowledge and skills to kick-start their business enterprises.

UQ Idea Hub Director Nimrod Klayman said throughout the program students would have the potential to form, develop and test their early-stage ideas for potential commercialisation.

UQ Business School

UQ Idea Hub participant Visakh Vignesh (Photo: UQ)

“The start-up scene is really taking off around the globe,” he said.

“This has provided UQ with the perfect opportunity to harness the ideas and talents of our students, helping them to realise their business potential.

“Places like the Silicon Valley are built around start-ups and venture capitalists, and I think it’s really important for Queensland, and in particular Brisbane, to establish ourselves as a hub of ideas and activity.

UQ can play a vital role in this, as the university’s aim is that our students will be the change-makers of the future.

“We think that providing them with environments to form their ideas, hone their pitching skills and develop their commercial thinking truly results in well-rounded, industry-ready and forward-thinking graduates.”

After being run as a pilot program in 2015, the UQ Idea Hub is now open to all students from UQ.

Pilot program participant and UQ student Visakh Vignesh said the level of networking with mentors and fellow students was extremely beneficial.

“Even that first batch of students in the UQ Idea Hub realised it was quickly developing into something more exciting than just an entrepreneurship incubator,” he said.

“Each session introduced various concepts and stages of the entrepreneurship process, and also gave us the opportunity to listen and speak to people who are highly successful and vested in the Australian start-up scene.

“At the end of the day, it was incredible to be in a room with so many brilliant minds at work.”

Applications for the UQ Idea Hub are now open to UQ students. Visit the website https://ideahub.uq.edu.au/ for more information and to apply.

About UQ Business School

UQ Business School aims to create an environment where the disciplines of research give students the skills to find the knowledge they need, where good ideas are tested and polished to become great ideas, where rigorous analysis is celebrated and collaboration is valued. The school is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, UQ Business School brings together more than 130 subject experts with more than 8,000 students, and offers a wide range of degree programs and executive education.

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business & Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism & Hospitality


Do you have questions about UQ Business School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Bond ramps up entrepreneurial program with launch of Bond Business Accelerator

Bond University has ramped up its entrepreneurial portfolio with the launch of a second program for young business start-ups.

Bond Business Accelerator is offering six teams of budding entrepreneurs with innovative business start-up ideas the opportunity to win $5,000, receive expert mentoring and also take part in a tour to Silicon Valley in the US later this year.

Bond University Business School

Study at Bond University Business School

The new program, which is open to Bond University students and graduates, will be run in collaboration with the Start Up Really Fast (S.U.R.F.) accelerator run by local not-for-profit Silicon Lakes. The Bond Business Accelerator is funded by the Bond Faculty of Business.

Bond Business Accelerator Program Manager Tres West said the initiative was a structured commercialisation program coupled with expert mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities.

He said the collaboration with Silicon Lakes’ S.U.R.F. provided participants with exposure to experienced mentors, access to their commercial start-up program and the chance to share the company’s working space.

“Over a twelve-week period, the start-ups who have qualified to be part of the Bond Business Accelerator evolve and then pitch their ideas and business plan to a panel of mentors and experts, with the one thought to have the greatest chance of success receiving $5,000 to enable that team to progress their business further,” he said.

“There are also a lot of other non-monetary benefits for all the participants, including the chance to join the Australian start-up contingent travelling to Silicon Valley and San Francisco this December.”

Mr West said the current program had evolved from the successful INCUBATE program which ran at Bond University earlier this year in partnership with The University of Sydney Union and Google for Entrepreneurs.

“The INCUBATE program was a huge success, with many of our participants now up and running, attracting funding and turning a profit,” he said.

“We gained some excellent learnings through our participation in INCUBATE, which we’ll capitalise on with our new program.

“The Bond Business Accelerator curriculum will be more structured and provide more and richer educational content for participants. Our Bondies will also be more engaged with the local start-up community and be exposed to more learning opportunities, including internships.”

One of the six participants in the Bond Business Accelerator program, Jackson Johnston, has established a business, Global Agricultural Exports, which has partnered with Australia’s leading camel exporters and is currently facilitating the development of a sustainable camel industry in Australia that satisfies domestic and international demand for camel products.  Globalex operations also support Australian business, indigenous employment and education and efficient livestock solutions that create economic benefits for stakeholders.

Learn more about Bond University Business School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about business programs at Australian universities, and about how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

University of Melbourne entrepreneurial program ranked in top 25 in the world

The University of Melbourne’s in-house entrepreneur incubator, the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), has been ranked 13th in the world by the leading Swedish-based UBI Index.

The Director of Research at the UBI Index, Dhruv Bhatli, described the MAP as an exceptional program.

University of Melbourne Business School

Study business at the Melbourne Business School

“It performs really well on our global benchmark especially on access to network and competence development indicators,” he said. “Furthermore, MAP’s clients have a higher survival and growth rate and perform much better than the global average.”

MAP Manager Rohan Workman said there is a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship in Melbourne that is starting to be recognised globally.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that our hard work over the past two years has been validated by the UBI Index,” he said.

The UBI Index ranks more than 300 university-affiliated business incubators in 67 countries in three performance categories, including value to the ecosystem, value to startup clients and attractiveness of the incubator program.

In total, more than 60 program components were used to compare incubation programs, with the MAP performing highly in both access to a high-quality network and coaching services.

Of the world’s top universities (as ranked by the Times Higher Education Ranking) only the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program and Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab were in the list.

Mr Bhatli said successful entrepreneurial programs require broad support.

“This proves our hypothesis that creating a competitive business incubation program requires a clear focus from the university,” said Bhatli.

MAP is part of the Carlton Connect Initiative at the University of Melbourne.  More information can be found at map.eng.unimelb.edu.au

University of Melbourne Graduate School of Business & Economics

The  University of Melbourne Graduate School of Business & Economics provides business education of the highest quality, with a focus on programs for recent graduates and for specialist professionals. The Melbourne Institute ranked the university as having the leading Australian business and economics school, based on performance in areas including publications, citations, research grants and peer assessment.

Find out more about studying business at the Melbourne Business School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at 1-866-698-7355 or email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com and find out how you can study in Australia!