Tuesday 13 September

Oliver Milman

On the face of it, Australia is doing a good job of turning innovation on its university campuses into viable businesses.

The University of Queensland has recently spawned Vaxxas, which secured $15 million in funding, as well as Spinifex which, as we report today, has landed a further $6.3 million.

Student entrepreneur groups appear to be flourishing and many universities have attractive business plan competitions.

But, as we explain today, Australia doesn’t compare well with other countries when it comes to linking learning with entrepreneurship. We look at how the start-up potential of our universities can be unleashed.

Elsewhere, we profile up-and-coming entrepreneur Chanel Costabir and her new business The Lingerie Boutique, and mentor James Omond has some tips on shareholder agreements.

Finally, for those of you who put your names forward for free tickets to the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum in Geelong, Victoria, on October 28, the winners have been chosen and the organiser of the event will be in touch shortly, if you’ve been lucky.


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