Next-generation student startups
In just one year, we’ve seen over 300 students learn and apply entrepreneurial skills, future-proof their careers and launch their own startups.
In its first year, UTS Startups has already become one of the country’s fastest-growing communities of student founders, launching over 250 innovative startups. Learn why entrepreneurship is important and how many of our leading student-led ventures are already re-shaping the world.
Why is entrepreneurship important?
For starters, entrepreneurship is about more than just setting up a business and hoping to make a profit. It’s about finding new ways of working and solving problems, and choosing what you work on, rather than being told what to do.
What’s more, being able to demonstrate you can think differently, experiment, and explore new ways to innovate and create value, means that entrepreneurs, more often than not, stand out among their peers and can make the shift between industries more easily.
What is UTS Startups?
UTS Startups is the home of student entrepreneurship at UTS, where students can find a community (and a host of programs, collaborative spaces and mentors) to inspire and support them as they go about solving a problem or developing a great business idea.
How are we different?
Almost every Australian university has an accelerator program that focuses on providing a lot of support for only a few startups. The goal at UTS Startups is different – we want every student to be inspired to launch a startup, and for every startup to be supported.
Director of Entrepreneurship Murray Hurps explains: “Sydney is home to 43 per cent of Australian startups, and provides a vibrant support ecosystem that we focus on connecting our students to, including accelerators, customers, investors and expertise.
“Students are no longer simply studying, graduating, then looking for a job. They’re creating their own jobs – identifying new opportunities even while they’re at university, and using the resources we have at UTS to develop their business idea.”
It’s something Murray knows all about. He launched his own startup (Ad Muncher) at age 16, co-founded the company Startup Muster (which provides an annual report about Australia’s startup ecosystem) and then worked as CEO of Fishburners – Australia’s largest technology startup community.
UTS Startups in numbers
- Launched 1 August 2018
- 250 student startups*
- 533 startup community members*
- 327 UTS students* from 8 faculties
- 200 UTS students worked on in-subject projects with our startups
- 6 UTS startups accepted into leading accelerator programs
- 105 students placed in internships in startups at Fishburners, Cicada Innovations, Haymarket HQ, EnergyLab and others
Powered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU)
*As of July 2019
8 inspirational UTS startups
What is it? Arlula is shaking up the space industry by building a marketplace for satellite imagery.
What does that mean? Arlula works with companies who have underutilised satellites in space to take pictures of the landscape, so businesses in agriculture, mining or development can access up-to-date imagery quickly and for a reduced cost.
Where can I find out more? arlula.com
Who founded it? Sebastian Chaoui, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) graduate and Arran Salerno, Bachelor of Laws graduate
What is it? Intelligent robotics provide innovative rehabilitation methods for stroke patients.
What does that mean? By combining rehab robots and gamification, Tech Gym gives physiotherapists new tools to assist stroke patients improve functionality in their arms and hands. It means physios can focus more on supervising their patient during rehab and less on performing physical labour.
Where can I find out more? techgym.com.au
Who founded it? Rowan Smith, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Mechatronic) student
What is it? Clipboard is a web-app that digitises manual tasks for teachers, making it easy to record critical information and provide instant access when needed.
What does that mean? Clipboard is used by thousands of staff at some of Australia's leading schools, including Knox Grammar School and Pymble Ladies' College, to manage everything they do outside of the classroom. This includes running extracurricular activities, marking attendance and reporting incidents. Clipboard not only saves teachers hours of admin work, but can reduce costs by up to $100,000 per year.
Where can I find out more? https://clipboard.app/
Who founded it? Sam Clarke, Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) graduate and Edward Coyler
What is it? An online platform that lets parents rent out quality baby products.
What does that mean? Kindershare provides parents an alternative to buying costly baby equipment by allowing them to rent quality baby goods from other local families, at a fraction of the price of buying them new.
Where can I find out more? kindershare.com
Who founded it? Vanouhi Nazarian, Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management graduate
What is it? Resolution123 provides quick, simple and affordable employment law advice.
What does that mean? For the average Australian, employment law advice is inaccessible and expensive. Resolution123 is an affordable virtual law firm that uses custom-built technology to offer quick and easy-to-understand advice for employees, including negotiating your employment contract, bargaining for better wages and conditions, negotiating flexible work and resolving disputes like underpayment, harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal and more.
Where can I find out more? resolution123.com.au
Who founded it? Carly Stebbing, Bachelor of Laws graduate
What is it? Tekuma is reinventing tactile control with their one-handed controllers for drones, robots and other devices.
What does that mean? Say goodbye to the traditional two-joystick controller. Tekuma’s products allow you to fly any drone or device with one hand, and without looking down. The intuitive design frees your other hand to control the drone’s camera or accessories, reducing the time, cost and training required to get jobs done.
Where can I find out more? tekuma.tech
Who founded it? Annette McClelland, Bachelor of Communications (Information Media) and Master of Business Administration graduate, and Michael Griffin (UTS casual academic)
What is it? WallSync is the interface between handwritten workshop notes and your digital tools.
What does that mean? The mobile app instantly scans sticky notes directly into project management tools. Not only does it turn handwriting into text, but it also recognises the position of your sticky notes on the wall. WallSync allows businesses to work collaboratively and creatively while cutting down on time spent organising and configuring notes.
Where can I find out more? wallsync.net
Who founded it? Geoff Bullen, Master of Business Administration, Entrepreneurship graduate
What is it? Unique, hand crafted, collectable pins, sold exclusively in airports around the world.
What does that mean? Travellers can learn about local history, people, culture, and more by collecting and trading these enamel pins.
Where can I find out more? mondapins.com
Who founded it? Kristyn Wuebbolt, Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship student
Find out more about upcoming entrepreneurial events, workshops, internship opportunities and the fast-growing UTS Startups community at startups.uts.edu.au