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The University of Canberra (UC), was established in 1967 and is located in the heart of the nations capital, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory. An institution with a keen focus on work-integrated learning is shared across UC's four faculties:  ESTeM (Education, Science, Technology and Maths);  Arts and Design; Businesses, Government and Law and Health. The University has forged Its way to be ranked amongst the world's top 100 universities under the age of  50.

With the release of its latest strategic plan for 2018-2022, the University of Canberra will be endeavoring  for a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurship  and innovation through integrated learning and research: "UC will make authentic experiential and entrepreneurial learning a distinctive feature of every student's education, striving to national leadership in this field. This will prepare graduates who are fit not just for finding employment but also creating it" 

Student Entrepreneurship 


Interest amongst Entrepreneurship amongst students has been steadily growing at The University of Canberra over the last decade with a recent spiking of societies that cater towards the growing interest. There are now various clubs forged by students that continue to bring awareness and facilitate I&E ties with community, including;


A maker collective of students whom offer foundational learning regarding design thinking and innovation; experiential learning to gather tools and skills; mentorship and resourcing along with a lab with protoyping equipment. Their mantra is to inspire, ideate and implement 


A Student Undergraduate developer organisation at UC. Their mission statement: To Develop. That’s it. Whether it’s your app, or your new Facebook or a less hackable Census, the University of Canberra Student Developer Organisation exists for you.

Entrepreneurship UC

The Business an d Entrepreneurship Society. Their mission statement: EntrepreneurshipUC seeks to develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation within Canberra and its surrounds. A community which is led by students who believe in the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Enactus Canberra

Enactus Canberra is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to  using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world

Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The University of Canberra has stated in it's strategic plan for 2018-2022 that it will make new models of authentic and entrepreneurial learning  a feature of all courses, including the use of co-working spaces and start-up training. Currently, the  entrepreneurial based courses for students to enroll in, include:

  • Bachelor or Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Major in Applied entrepreneurship
  • Major in New Venture Development 

Along with over 20 courses whose basis lies in entrepreneurship:

As UC offers a broad range of study patterns to it's students, in recognition of this the university has courses delivered in partnership with Ducere Global Business school, with degrees that offer industry-focused learning experiences based on a global business curriculum.

University Opportunities

UC provides a range of pathway options for students whom want to pursue their entrepreneurial start-up venture, some of which are on-campus whilst others remain in close proximity to the Canberra region. This continual encouragement of innovation and co-creation is evident it's growing prominence around campus.

 Mentorship and accelerator programs:

  • OK RDY: a mentorship and skilled-volunteer matching platform with an initial focus on connecting students to professionals and organizations
  • The Millhouse. A social enterprise accelerator whose mission is to grow a high-quality pipeline of investible social venture.
  • E29. A co-working space for start ups and entrepreneurs in Canberra

Incubator Programs:

  • KILN incubator: Supports early stage technology startups

Entrepreneurial Based Student Societies:

  • CBR Innovation Network: A community of innovators and entrepreneurs working together towards a vision of Canberra globally recognized as a clever, connected creative city where innovation and entrepreneurship fuels social and economic growth 

​University - Industry Collaboration

The University of Canberra is renowned for it's work integrated learning (WIL) and strong ties to Industry. With practical work-based projects in every course, UC's commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates is paramount to ensuring it places its students in a prime position upon graduation.

 An action proposed by UC that is currently in development is to redevelop their intellectual property policies to create a sector-leading environment for IP ownership and enable student and staff to more easily participate in commercial and social venture. Some examples of past, present and continuing industry collaboration project include

  • The Studio Project for Industrial Design students that will be run in collaboration with Breville (Sydney) which occurs annually with third-year students.
  • Lower Limb Proprioception device (AMEDA) -Developed in collaboration with Industrial Design Professors and UC Physiotherapy honors students-  along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 

Start- Up Companies

As of present (January 2018) , there are no start-up companies that have occurred out of UC.

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