20,000 on offer for Bondy Entrepreneurs to kickstart their business

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If you’re a Bond University student or alumnus with an idea, an early-stage business or a burning urge to start your own business – then INCUBATE Bond University wants to hear from you!

INCUBATE is an award winning start-up accelerator program in partnership with The University of Sydney Union and Google for Entrepreneurs and is launching at Bond University for the first time this semester.

The 12 week, on-campus program will offer eight entrepreneurially minded Bondies, past and present, mentoring by the best in the business and the chance to win one of four $5,000 seed funding grants to help grow their ideas into viable businesses.

Bond University’s Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Baden U’Ren, said there was a lot of excitement on campus about the INCUBATE program coming to Bond.

“We’re very proud to be one of only three universities in Australia, and the only one in Queensland, to have the INCUBATE program,” Dr U’Ren said.

“The program, which will be student-led and run, will give participants incredible exposure to some of the nation’s most significant mentors from Google Ventures, venture capitalist firms and other innovative business founders and leaders.

“They’ll learn from the best in the business what it takes to commercialise their idea, and have the chance to hear first-hand from young entrepreneurs how they got their start, lessons learnt and pitfalls to avoid.

“Then at the end of the 12 week program, the best four ideas will each receive $5,000 grants to kickstart their businesses and bring their ideas to fruition.”

In addition to the mentoring, advice and guidance they’ll receive, the startups accepted into INCUBATE will also receive working space on campus for the duration of the program, internet, printing and office resources, and access to early stage business advice on legal, intellectual property, grants and tax issues.

“I would urge all our talented Bond students and alumni with ideas to apply and anyone interested to attend this week’s INCUBATE Information Session,” Dr U’Ren said.

“Just remember: the crazier your idea, the better!”

The INCUBATE Bond University information session is being held on Friday 17th January at 5.30pm in the foyer of the iconic new Abedian School of Architecture building at Bond University.