University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is continuing the momentum of its Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy rollout with the launch of UTS Startups.
UTS Startups will engage with all students, inspiring them to become startup founders, bringing them together in a dynamic community and connecting them to opportunities and support. It is led by UTS Director of Entrepreneurship and former Fishburners/Startup Muster CEO Murray Hurps, who was appointed in May.
The goal is to exponentially increase the number of student-launched, scalable startups at UTS, and for UTS to become the leading Australian university in the creation of startups and for supporting student entrepreneurship.
UTS Startups launches with a member base of impressive student-founded ventures, including:
- Resolution 123 - online legal support for employment issues. Co-founded by Carly Stebbing, UTS Bachelor of Law.
- Arlula - a marketplace for leasing, buying and selling assets in space. Co-founded by Sebastian Chaoui, UTS Bachelor of Engineering, and Arran Salerno, UTS Bachelor of Law.
- Fortifex - a single management system for cryptocurrency investments. Co-founded by Luke Jones, UTS MBA in Entrepreneurship (MBAe).
- Kindershare - connecting owners and renters of baby equipment. Founded by Vanouhi Nazarian, UTS Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise. Management.
- Tekuma - one-handed control for robots, drones and other devices. Co-founded by Annette McClelland, UTS Bachelor of Arts and MBAe.
- Buzzbox - executing and tracking memorable customer experiences. Co-founded by John Fung, UTS Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Masters in Engineering Studies.
- Wallsync - connecting physical and digital project management. Co-founded by Geoff Bullen, UTS MBAe.
- Conexie - audience and internal communication platform. Co-founded by Matthew Waugh, UTS Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
- Stitchhub - Connecting those living with chronic illnesses with holistic support. Founded by Lucy Allen, Eliza Marks and Polina Pashkov, UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation.
UTS Startups is open to all UTS students. To join, they must submit a compelling startup idea and show how they plan to or are currently addressing a large market. Any stage of startup can apply, even with just an idea, provided at least one founding team member has been a UTS student in the last 12 months.
UTS Startups members will have access to a range of resources, industry connections, mentors, and other support, such as:
- Free coworking space.
- Regular check-ins with the UTS Startups team to track progress, identify needs, set goals and provide introductions to support and opportunities (including mentors, funding sources, potential customers and opportunities to find co-founders).
- Participation in regular pitch nights, connection to industry events, community building activities and inspirational talks and workshops.
- Access to the UTS Startups online forum.
- Eligibility to enter the inaugural UTS Startups Awards, which will have cash prizes on offer.
- Profile building through UTS Startups channels.
- Access to offers from UTS Startups partners and UTS Startups merchandise.
- A mailing address.
The launch of UTS Startups follows the success of the previous Hatchery Ideate and Accelerate programs, which engaged hundreds of students and produced a number of student startups. The UTS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, which is powering UTS Startups, is now refreshing its entrepreneurial educational offering to ensure all students have access to the tools and skills they need.
UTS Director of Entrepreneurship Murray Hurps says UTS Startups aims to engage and inspire as many students as possible.
“UTS Startups is all about building a vibrant community to inspire and support student startups, with a focus on building a new generation of founders. We want to encourage students to see the opportunity in startups and begin their journey when it's right for them,” comments Hurps.
“UTS Startups is not about prescribing a path or formula, but instead creating an environment where student founders are exposed to what they need to progress - both inside and outside the university. I’m really looking forward to welcoming new members to the community, and to interacting with the student body as a whole.”
UTS Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor Margaret Maile Petty, adds: “To meaningfully scale startup support, we’re focusing on the diversity of student needs and motivations, rather than commit our resources to a select few, as is the case with typical university accelerators.
“Through UTS Startups, we will connect students with a range of support and opportunities to develop their skills and their ventures—from bootcamps, workshops and hackathons, as well as connections to partner incubators and accelerators. This approach will allow us to support many more student startups than ever. I’m confident in Murray’s vision and am excited to be working with such a leader on this important initiative.”
The launch also follows the announcement of the university’s milestone partnership with startup community Fishburners, which includes student internships and desks in the Sydney Startup Hub.
Visit startups.uts.edu.au to find out more or sign up to the UTS Startups newsletter.