Innovation is for everyone, no matter what you're studying

Whether you want to study innovation as part of your degree, or dip your toe in via workshops and events, we have an array of opportunities for you to develop enterprise skills and innovative thinking.

Discover courses, workshops, projects, clubs and other ways to build your entrepreneurial skills and networks, and transform your ideas into reality.

At Griffith Innovate, we can help with every step of your journey as you explore opportunities, pursue your passion and then grow your idea or enterprise.

What is innovation? Why is it important?

Innovation means developing new ideas, methods, products and technology to provide more effective solutions. Innovation is important in across all careers and industries, and just as imperative within society and government. Innovation also is cross-disciplinary, which means we need modern thinkers from all study areas to collaborate, share their strengths and create solutions for the greater good.

Our rapidly changing world faces great challenges, including climate change, trade wars and political instability. These complex problems require impactful solutions borne from diverse skills and innovative thought.

Innovation is relevant across all degrees and industries

Why innovation is relevant to all students

Innovation and entrepreneurship isn't just about starting your own business. Find out why.

External opportunities for students

Arc International Growth Program

Arc are accepting 10 advanced startups that are looking to:

  • expand into the US and/or EU market
  • raise series A+ In the US and/or the EU
  • manufacture products in the US and/or the EU.

This program is ideal for companies that have tested their product in Australia and are looking to expand their reach internationally.

The program will be running between August and December 2020.

Express your interest

Entrepreneurship Wold Cup

Do you have a startup at idea, early, or growth stage, and are keen for a crack at a global competition? Apply now for the Global Entrepreneurship Network Entrepreneurship World Cup before entries close on 2 August.

Up for grabs is a share of $1 million in cash and $75 million of in-kind support services. You'll also gain recognition and access to new networks.

Global finals are in October and the Grand Champion takes $500,000 in cash, second place claims $250,000 and third place takes $100,000.

Entrepreneurship World Cup


Apply as an individual or team to Design-athon—a four-week challenge that invites budding entrepreneurs to change the lives of people with disability through good design.

A funding pool of $36,000 will be allocated to winning teams to invest in the development of their product post-event. Judges will select the winners after pitching in the final week of the Design-athon.

Participants can expect to spend around eight hours a week on Design-athon, which takes place from 7–29 October 2020.


Student clubs

Through Griffith Innovate Labs, you can meet like-minded students and work on innovative projects. With a focus on data science, AI, software engineering, computer science and mechatronics, Griffith Innovate Labs offers workshops and online tutorials as stepping stones to larger projects.

Study and experience options

Our innovation offerings for students align with three phases: explore, grow and pursue.

These are just a taste of our options. For more information about how you can connect with innovation and entrepreneurship in your area of study, get in touch with your Program Director.

Entry and exploration

Add innovation to your degree

2043IBA Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

1115LHS Creative Arts and the Entrepreneurial Mindset

You can also study Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a major in the Bachelor of Business, or talk to a course advisor.


GLU Student Entrepreneurship Club

3 Day Startup

Griffith Hackathon


Praise for 3 Day Startup

Bachelor of Marine Science student Nicole Archer says attending the 3 Day Startup was well worth it.

“It was hands down one of the best experiences I have had at university to date," she says. "It has given me a new sense of confidence and new tools that I will carry into my future endeavours.”

The 3 Day Startup is open to all Griffith students, regardless of your degree, major or previous experience.

Innovation integrated into Master of Design coursework

Master of Design Program Director Michelle Douglas recently integrated 3DS into CoLab and says it was a huge success.

All students gave positive feedback," Michelle says. "All were able to reflect on how the intensity of the 3DS event strengthened their knowledge base on business tools and techniques that could be applied into their individual practices."

She says the dynamic nature of having multi and interdisciplinary groups of students working together in mixed teams received very positive feedback from Master of Design students and the wider network.

"In many cases, students consistently referred to 'moving out of their comfort zone', which is reflective of the learning and teaching dynamics that enabled the students to take risks, whilst exploring new tools and ways of doing things," she says.

"I would welcome the opportunity to advance this as a staple fixture in CoLab and believe it would be a valuable asset to use as a central core course across other schools and departments in Griffith."

The proposal to open up CoLab as a University-wide elective is now being considered.

Contact us

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of Griffith Innovate, get in touch