Entrepreneurial Researchers & Students
The QUT Entrepreneurship Litmus Program is designed to help higher degree research (HDR) students and researchers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, skills, and connections, and gain an understanding of how to develop ideas into value through entrepreneurship.
Fostering a culture of entrepreneurial thinking, cross-disciplinary connections, knowledge sharing, trans-disciplinary problem solving, and commercialisation (including through licensing and venture creation), is a powerful way for universities to catalyse impactful knowledge transfer, value creation, and economic, environmental, social, and cultural benefits.
QUT Entrepreneurship is committed to helping HDR students, academics, and staff, benefit from an entrepreneurial experience.
Litmus Program Benefits
Litmus program participants will benefit from: meeting others in the research, commercialisation, and entrepreneurship ecosystem; exchanging ideas from across disciplines; learning the venture creation process; experiencing new structures of work and thinking modalities, including at QUT foundry at The Precinct; random discovery-making; honing skills in problem solving and opportunity shaping; building their network and confidence in promoting themselves and their ideas; and bringing more discovery, creativity, and innovation to their research, workplace and career.
QUT individuals and teams participating in QUT foundry's program will learn to clearly articulate the problem they are solving, craft and deliver a message and pitch for audiences including potential customers, investors, and pitch challenges, and the ability to see opportunities to create value from research and ideas, and add value to the QUT and wider community.
Who can join the program?
Open to all QUT HDR students, academics, and staff (as well as teams including one or more such people). The program is delivered by QUT Entrepreneurship, including Vibhor Pandey and guests.
The Litmus program comprises 5 sessions, held , including 4 weeks of sessions held each Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm (excluding over the Easter holiday break), plus a final pitch night:
Kick Off Session: Ideation; discussion with key ecosystem actors; develop a real-world model of an idea and tests to de-risk it
|Session 2||Customer Development: Learn and practice market research skills with potential customers to validate / shape ideas|
Business Models: explore and design business models for creating, delivering and capturing value
|Session 4||Prototype & User Testing: develop, test, and iterate on prototypes for an idea|
Final Pitch / Product: Pitch to panel including QUT’s industry engagement and commercialisation professionals
Stay tuned for 2021 delivery dates