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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.

Sustainability Impact 10X

Sustainability Impact 10X

Are you interested in developing great tech ideas towards to a happier, healthier, and greener world? Join Sustainability Impact 10X to unlock your potential and our collective JCU genius!

Aligning with Science Week, from 30 August 2022, the JCU Innovation team is running a 6-week online program so that you can transform your idea into a business or not-for-profit opportunity.

Your unique idea must be aligned with at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so that we can address them through our JCU innovation collective and contribute to a better world.

Who is the program for?

The Sustainability Impact 10X Program is for JCU students (undergraduate & postgraduate), researchers, academics, professional & technical staff members, and JCU alumni who have a compelling tech idea that they would like to assess for its potential to create social, environmental and / or economic impact. JCU affiliates from all disciplines and campuses are encouraged to apply. Members of the community can participate in the program if they form a team with at least one actively participating JCU affiliate.

What will you learn?

  • Actively learning how to apply creative design thinking
  • Actively learning how to create a product prototype / or minimum viable product
  • Actively learning how to take your idea to market
  • Actively learning how to present with impact & sell your idea
  • Connecting with and leveraging international expertise & insights
  • Contributing and benefitting from many opportunities & challenges of the UN SDGs
  • Actively learning how to apply the JCU 10 sector innovation value chain methodology to your future ideas!

Key details:

  • Online delivery, starting Tuesday 30 August 2022 and finishing Tuesday 11 October 2022
  • 2 hours/week on Tuesday afternoon 2-4pm AEST12-2pm SGT
  • 6-week program culminating in a pitch session a week after completion
  • One-on-one mentorship throughout  (30-60 mins per week)
  • Cohort-based program. Learn with others…. and from others
  • Apply solo or in teams
  • Your idea must be tech driven (need help with the tech component? Connect with a fellow JCU affiliate and bring them into your team!)
  • Selected participants of the program will have the opportunity to join the JCU Founder-in-Residence cohort
  • Certificate of Participation upon successful completion of the program
  • Connect to the JCU Innovation Ecosystem and meet other founders, leaders, and innovation supporters

How to apply

JCU affiliates apply through JCU’s innovation platform Bright Idea by 21 August 2022 (SSO required). Community members wanting to apply for the program must do so with a JCU affiliate. Individual applicants can use the Bright Idea platform to connect with and join other solo participants or teams.


Email innovation@jcu.edu.au for any questions relating to the Sustainability Impact10x program. Are you a member of the community who wants to apply but don’t have a JCU affiliate match? Send us an enquiry and we see if we can help match you with a JCU student, researcher, staff member or alumni.

JCU Ideas Lab Pitch Night 2021

2019 JCU Technology Design Sprint

If you are passionate about innovation through the opportunities provided by technology, JCU's Bachelor of Technology and Innovation is the degree that can take you where you want to go.

Make a difference to modern industry with the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation at JCU. Develop the skills and knowledge to deliver safe and sustainable solutions to real-world problems.

Bachelor of Technology and Innovation (118410)

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.