The University of Queensland is currently making a number of strategic investments to foster entrepreneurship. It is a central part of UQ’s student strategy and external engagement strategy and evidenced by the recent investments in iLab and IdeaHub.

Our team will be providing cutting-edge research to position UQ and AIBE as a thought leader in the area of entrepreneurship and raise UQ and AIBE’s profile in the local and broader start-up community.

Empirical evidence will address inconclusive findings on how to best support start-ups (Crossroads, 2015; 2016) which receives an unprecedented focus and debate across State and Federal government. Specifically, this proposal aims to:

Findings from the proposed research will place AIBE at the centre of the policy debate offering insights about the effectiveness of current accelerator programs and provide a platform for thought leadership in entrepreneurship.

  1. Build capacity within the start-up ecosystem by developing a clear framework for understanding how entrepreneurs successfully launch high impact new ventures
  2. Investigate the role of support structures such as accelerators and co-working spaces in facilitating the progression of start-ups
  3. Explain how entrepreneurs learn in the new venture creation process as a foundation for creating transferable and teachable knowledge about how to develop new high impact ventures

Project members

Associate Professor Andreas Paul Spee

Associate Professor Andreas Paul Spee

Research Program Leader - Strategy and Innovation
Australian Institute for Business and Economics
Dr Anna Jenkins

Dr Anna Jenkins

Research Fellow
Australian Institute for Business and Economics
Dr Sara Ekberg

Dr Sara Ekberg

Research Fellow
Australian Institute for Business and Economics
Aimee Walsh

Ms Aimee Walsh

PhD Student, Casual Research Assistant
Australian Institute of Business and Economics