UQ Bloom in the spotlight with UQ's ilab Startup Intern Mixer and Social Enterprise Panel

26 October 2018

Startup Intern Mixer

On the 23rd October, UQ's ilab held their largest Startup Intern Mixer to date. We had 36 startups represented from across many of Queensland's awesome startup spaces and accelerators, such as Little Tokyo 2, Canvas Co-working Space, River City Labs, UQ's ilab, Fishburners and joining us for the first time were social enterprises from Impact Academy. Over 100 students attended and submitted 476 resumes to their preferred startups. Pitching on the night, Movus Product Manager Reinard van der Leij said:  

"This is the 3rd ilab startups intern program we have participated in. It is a great way to get face to face with some real talent and sometimes we hire students who initially work with us as interns. It’s also an opportunity for students to get experience in a real business and be introduced to a different way of working e.g. agile principles etc.”

Vanessa, a second-year Business student told us: 

"This is my second startup mixer and it is so great the startups come and pitch to us. I learnt so much about other startups out there and I look forward to working with one of them over the summer."

Social Enterprise Panel

Last Thursday, 25th October, still as part of the Bloom Festival, The University of Queensland welcomed a fabulous panel of founders to speak about building and sustaining their social enterprise ventures.

Thought leaders in the field, Emma-Kate Rose - Founder of Food Connect and Chair of the Queensland Social Enterprise CouncilPeter Ball - Founder and Managing Director of Impact Academy and Greater Outcomes, Sabrina Chakori - Founder of Brisbane Tool LibraryMichael Mersiades - Founder of the refugee language platform Chatloop and Nick Kamols from Powerwells all offered advice and wisdom to the eager crowd interested in building a social enterprise.

The panel was guided by UQ's ilab alumni and founder Maya Krikke from MYK's Kefir, bringing experience and moderation to the talks and, despite a storm rolling in, the enthusiasm of the participants remained intact for the hour and a half of the panel. 

The latter only ending because of the fireworks of distant lightning while all seemed keen and eager to keep going for another round.