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All entrepreneurs have to start somewhere! If you have an idea that you think could blossom into the next big commercial opportunity, you’ll need to get your idea ‘off the ground’ first to achieve success. That’s why we have a range of programs, taught courses and experiential learning to help you gain the skills and experience you’ll need to make your big idea a reality.

Launch camp

Swinburne Innovation Precinct Launch Camp, powered by ON, is an early stage pre-accelerator that helps teams explore the potential commercialisation, translation or implementation of their research knowledge or knowhow.

The program supports teams to assess their ideas, identify market needs through customer discovery and end-user focused experiments, and build a clear strategy for moving forward - whether that be through a new partnership, sponsored research and development, licencing, a new business, or a spin-out.

Each team is supported by an experienced mentor and also has access to specialist and technical support from our Innovation Fellows.

Open to teams of academics, staff, HDR, postgraduate and senior undergraduate students, Launch Camp is for anyone who has a research-fuelled idea ready to explore.

Our second round of Launch Camp will be held on 12 and 13 December.

Contact us for more information.

Innovation skills workshops

The Innovation Precinct holds a range of skills building workshops designed to help you find your place within our innovation ecosystem.

Whether you’re a student, a budding entrepreneur or an industry partner, there will be an opportunity to engage and hone your skills though our workshop program. Many of them are even open to the general public. We’re all about cross-pollination between people with different skills and ideas.

We can help unpack and articulate a business or innovation problem; create a collaborative team culture focussed on design-led thinking; and define a minimal viable product (MVP) all within the framework of the Design Factory’s methodology.

Contact us to talk about how we can help solve your problem, develop your idea or help build innovation and collaboration skills in your team.

Taught courses

Innovation Minor

Our new Innovation Minor allows every Swinburne undergraduate to gain the skills they need to think innovatively and creatively to address real world challenges.

Students work in multidisciplinary teams where industry and community sponsors are part of the project. This co-creation approach allows students to develop an understanding of their individual skills within the context of a broader team. They also learn about the importance of different skills, attributes and experiences in creating project success. Through the units, students will learn Lean startup thinking, design-led thinking, prototyping skills and challenge-based experiential projects.

The Innovation Minor commences in Semester 1, 2017.

Find out more about the innovation minor.

Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Whether your goal is to create a new enterprise or bring new attitudes and possibilities to an existing venture, the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to help you become an entrepreneurial leader.

This course addresses skills common to organisations of any size, including startups, small and medium enterprises, and multinational companies. You’ll meet a network of like-minded people and learn the skills needed to bridge the gap between idea and implementation.

The Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is delivered by the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Australia's first dedicated entrepreneurship school.

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Ideas Jam

The Swinburne Innovation Precinct inaugural Ideas Jam was held over three weeks in November 2016. It's an online ideas and collaboration event where Swinburne staff and research students share their great ideas to help improve the way we live.

The first Ideas Jam posed idea challenges on Smart Cities and Smart Communities:

  • Can you think of a specific product, service, or solution that would help improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our communities?
  • Can you think of a specific product, service, or solution that would help improve the day-to-day functioning of our cities?

These challenge questions were co-designed with our community partners, the City of Boroondara and Access Health & Community.

Our judges looked for original ideas with relevance to the challenge questions and impact. The top three most promising ideas received $500 cash plus $2000 worth of consultancy to develop their ideas further. In addition, the three most-active contributors received $500 each and there were several $100 lucky-draw prizes simply for taking part.

Check out the Ideas Jam forum.

Keep an eye out for our next Ideas Jam to be held later in 2017.

Venture cup

The Venture Cup is an annual startup competition for anyone with a great idea and a business model for commercialising their idea. It provides an opportunity for both students and staff to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges.

The winning team receives a significant cash prize to invest in their idea and a place in our startup accelerator program. They’ll be able to apply for an exclusive space in the Fire Station and receive a range of other support services available to our residents.

The competition will be supported by a program of workshops to help budding entrepreneurs convert their ideas into viable business propositions.
Workshops cover topics such as:

  • creativity
  • value propositions
  • business models
  • pitching.