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
Griffith Innovation Challenge (2034IBA)
The Griffith Innovation Challenge is a 10CP course that gives you the tools and time to develop an idea for a new product, service or business model that has potential to make a real difference in the world.
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (2043IBA)
A 10CP course for students from all disciplines to develop novel business ideas and create viable solutions using creativity and problem solving skills.
Expand your creativity with QCA Live courses and work-integrated learning open to all Griffith students.
Explore degrees with majors in innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as research opportunities for research students.
3 Day Startup
Develop and pitch ideas and work with industry heavyweights in this three-day intensive event.
Held over a weekend, this is a top opportunity to design, develop and showcase a mobile application—and win prize money.
Griffith Enactus aims to change the world by making a difference locally, nationally, and internationally through student-run projects.
Hult Prize at Griffith
An on-campus program for university representatives to pitch their social enterprise in the US.
App Idea Challenge
Come up with an app idea to improve the Griffith student experience and win! No coding skills are needed, just awesome ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.