Ventures Discovery

                              The UQ Ventures Discovery program supports Year 7?to Year 12 students to think and act with an entrepreneurial mindset.??

                              We've worked with over 20 Queensland high schools to deliver workshops that have?been designed with an experiential learning approach. Through our Discovery programs, we aim to?foster a resilient, flexible and problem-solving mindset in high school students.

                              We also offer professional development workshops to support educators on their daily efforts to deliver up-to-date content in the classroom on entrepreneurship and design thinking.

                              We understand that each student and each class have a different understanding and interest in entrepreneurship.

                              We have created four different packages to address your school’s needs and to fit with your busy students and their schedules:

                              Customer and problem discovery

                              This two-hour workshop offers the foundation to entrepreneurial thinking by introducing your students, through the identification of users, problems and impact, to key business ideas such as target audience, problem identification and problem-market fit. It also introduces methodologies such as customer empathy maps or open space technology as well as theories such as lean startup and diverge-converge innovation diamond.

                              • Two-hour workshop
                              • Delivered at UQ St Lucia campus for free
                              • Delivered at your high school for $20 per student

                              Design solutions for impact

                              This four-hour workshop addresses both parts of the innovation diamond. In the first two hours, students are asked to look for problems worth solving and to understand the users and communities who suffer from them. In the second hour, they work on designing and prototyping real, tangible solutions. Students work in different teams throughout the workshop and get to work on a presentation to show their progress and reflections to their peers. Challenges or problems that are currently being studied in class (e.g. climate change, mental illnesses, use of technology, etc.) are highly suitable for this workshop.

                              • Four-hour workshop
                              • Delivered at UQ St Lucia campus or at your high school
                              • Costs $50 per student

                              The entrepreneurial journey

                              This workshop is delivered over a series of consecutive weeks both at your school and at UQ. The workshop gives a comprehensive understanding on the different steps involved in the entrepreneurship journey — from the entrepreneur’s trait and personality, to customer discovery, product development, business modelling, pitching and storytelling and basic revenue/costing models. This workshop is suitable for students with an advanced interest/understanding in entrepreneurship, ideally with business ideas in a developing stage.

                              • Seven two?hour workshops (14 hours total)
                              • Delivered at UQ St Lucia campus or at your high school
                              • Costs $130 per student

                              Give us a challenge

                              This four-hour program has been co-designed with UQ entrepreneurs who provide real business challenges to your students. In groups, participants analyse and provide solutions to challenges during the workshop. The workshop wraps up with your students pitching their conclusions to the entrepreneur, who provides feedback and guidance on the students’ work. Besides getting to work on a real business challenge and meeting an entrepreneur, your students will get a chance to see how entrepreneurs work and live and what type of problems they encounter in their daily professional lives.

                              • Four-hour workshop
                              • Available at UQ St Lucia campus only
                              • Costs $50 per student

                              Sandbox school holiday program

                              Sandbox is our?UQ Ventures Discovery program for Year 7 to 12 students over the school holidays.?In this interactive workshop, we walk the students through the process of customer discovery, problem identification, solutions design and storytelling.

                              Our Sandbox program is suitable for students curious about entrepreneurship and the world biggest issues, as it provides a concrete set of tools to understand and unpack big problems and come up with tangible solutions.?

                              The program is aligned with the QCAA new curriculums and supports the acquisition of 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills.?

                              Develop your entrepreneurial skills as a teacher

                              We offer three professional development programs for high school teachers aligned with ACARA and new QCAA curriculums. All sessions are delivered by a team of UQ academics, design thinking facilitators and experienced entrepreneurs.?

                              Design thinking process

                              This is?a hands-on workshop where we walk you through the different stages of design thinking. You'll be given a problem and use design-thinking to come up with creative solutions in teams. Resources and activities are also given to help you prepare more content for your classes.?

                              Ideation and creativity

                              We can equip you with the latest evidence-based approaches for teaching creativity and ideation, laying the foundation for students to develop actionable business ideas. The approaches are underpinned by research from our world-leading academics.?

                              Developing business cases by interviewing real entrepreneurs

                              The case details an entrepreneur’s journey from startup idea through to building a product, hiring a team, raising investment and launching a product in the market.

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                              Contact us

                              If you have any questions about our Discovery programs, please contact our team



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