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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs

Several programs and subjects across JCU are developed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities among students, researchers, staff and sometimes even general members of the public. See below which programs are currently being delivered within the JCU Innovation space.

JcU Impact 10X Digital Health >

JCU Impact 10X Digital Health

Are you interested in developing digital solutions to advance health in rural areas?

The Northern Australian Regional Digital Health Collaboration (NARDHC) and JCU Innovation team are inviting undergraduate and postgraduate health, IT and business students, HDR candidates and professionals from the community to participate in a 3-day simulator to design, prototype and validate digital health solutions. The most compelling idea will win $10,000 in seed grant funding to help take your concept to market.

Program Details

When: 2-4 November 2022, 9am – 4pm AEST

Where: JCU Ideas Lab, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield (*travel & accommodation sponsorships available to 10 JCU students from other Australian campuses)

Information Session: 21 October 2022 at 2pm, virtual dial in details here

Program Cost: free

Program Registration: Here by 27 October 2022

First in, best dressed: Only 30 spots available!

Who is the program for? 

The JCU Impact 10X Digital Health Simulator is for JCU students, researchers, academics, professional staff, alumni, industry professionals and anyone in the broader community who has a background in healthcare, public health, medicine, dentistry, IT and / or business.

What will participants learn? 

  • Actively learn how to apply creative design thinking
  • Actively learn how to create a product prototype / or minimum viable product
  • Actively learn how to take your idea to market
  • Actively learn how to present with impact & sell your idea
  • Actively learn how to apply the JCU 10 sector innovation value chain methodology to your future ideas!

Program Details:

  • Opportunity to receive $10,000 to support your digital health solution
  • Face-to-face delivery from 9am – 4pm on 2, 3 & 4 November 2022 at the JCU Ideas Lab
  • Travel & Accommodation sponsorships available for 10 students from JCU campuses other than Cairns
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Cohort-based program. Learn with others…. and from others
  • Apply solo or in teams
  • Available to JCU affiliates and members of the community
  • Selected participants of the program will have the opportunity to join the JCU Founder-in-Residence cohort
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program
  • Connect to the JCU Innovation Ecosystem and meet other founders, leaders and innovation supporters
  • No prerequisites required

How to register

Complete the online registration form by 27 October 2022 to secure your spot in the program.


Anyone interested in this program is welcome to attend the JCU Impact 10X Digital Health Information session on Friday 21 October 2022 (RSVP here) or email questions to

JCU Ideas Lab Pitch Night 2021

2019 JCU Technology Design Sprint

Design Lab - NM3410

In this subject, students will typically work in a collaborative environment to explore design with business, social and cultural contexts. Students will examine advanced design and communication concepts and produce creative projects.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship - LB5233

This subject explores the concept that for innovation to be successful in the modern world, organisations need to be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. It also links the firm's innovation process with the overall strategy of the business.

Strategic Entrepreneurship - BX3173

Innovation-driven entrepreneurship explores strategy and entrepreneurship presenting these integrated areas in a theoretical, applied and experiential manner based on key themes. These include mainstream and social entrepreneurship identifying commonalities and differences between each category.

Entrepreneurship in International Emerging Economies - LB5220

This subject focuses on entrepreneurship in emerging international markets of developing countries and discusses issues of sustainable self-determination, regional economic development and the role 'business angels' and government play in this regard.

Technopreneurship: the E entrepreneur - LB5222

The technology entrepreneur, also known as a technopreneur, is a person who identifies a technology-based opportunity and creates a business opportunity from an idea based on technology, innovates through commercialising based upon a robust business model. This subject explores how the technology venture is designed, developed and enhances technology products and services.

Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship - CP2405

In this subject, students analyse the social and business impact and applications collective intelligence has in a rapidly changing digital world. Students will explore the start-up lifecycle and related Web2.0/3.0 technologies with particular focus on entrepreneurship, e-marketing and human resource management.

Introduction to Creativity and Innovation - NM1810

The subject introduces the concepts of creativity and innovation and explores the role that they play in organisations and firms, economies and societies, art institutions and processes. Key themes discussed include the role of creators, creative thinking, creative technology, individual and institutional creative process, creative collaborations, ideas-development, and models of business and social innovation.

Business Innovation and Technology Management - LB5124

This subject provides a strategic perspective of technology/innovation management and its impact on the competitive positioning of the firm. We will examine tools and techniques that help leaders understand emerging trends and the opportunities/threats they may present to prevailing business models.

Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions - HS5409

This subject provides an opportunity for health professionals to further develop their teaching skills in areas including innovative assessment, simulation, e-learning technologies and audio.