In summary

  • Swinburne Startup Year will help equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills required to launch their ideas
  • Students get the opportunity to engage with professionals in their respective fields while also earning a qualification

Aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas through ‘Swinburne Startup Year’. The Department of Education selected Swinburne University of Technology as one of eleven Australian universities for the first of its kind pilot, in a bid to foster entrepreneurship, encourage innovation and support Australia’s startup community.

The dynamic Swinburne Startup Year will help aspiring entrepreneurs launch their ideas from concept through to startup success.  

Victoria is home to more than 3,400 startups, with the enterprise ecosystem valued at approximately $103 billion according to LaunchVic. Swinburne’s Startup Year will equip students with the skills required to build the foundations of a successful business venture, whilst also earning a qualification. 

Swinburne’s Vice President of Innovation and Enterprise Dr Werner van der Merwe says Swinburne is uniquely positioned to engage, develop and mentor the business leaders of tomorrow.  

“At Swinburne, we have an incredible portfolio of disciplines that work perfectly as the starting point for any business idea. Swinburne Startup Year will allow changemakers to kick off their own business ventures and explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Participants will be able to tap into academic expertise, connect directly with industry, gain support through a range of professional services, and leverage Swinburne’s venture community to create and scale their startup,” Dr van der Merwe said. 

Swinburne Startup Year will allow students to engage with professionals in their respective fields, such as cyber security, games and animation, design, aviation, health and more. 

Dr van der Merwe points to Swinburne’s proven track record of industry collaboration as to what sets Swinburne’s Startup Year apart. “Working hand in hand with industry is what we do every day. At Swinburne, we arm our students with the critical skills and real-world know-how required to launch their ideas into reality”. 

Be one of the first students in Victoria to register your interest in Swinburne Startup Year here.

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