Entrepreneurial support

UNSW was established with the focus of being a research intensive university. It has a history of producing the highest quality graduates and research in a broad range of disciplines, with particular success in science and engineering.

UNSW Computer Science and Engineering (UNSW Computing), within the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is committed to developing graduates that have highly developed technical skills, and that are equipped to apply those skills in today’s economy and society.

UNSW Computing is also committed to supporting the development of ideas generated in the school’s research laboratories into commercially viable products, services or ventures and supporting the aspirations of those individuals that wish to explore the commercial viability of ideas.
To address this commitment, UNSW Computing provides:

  • Venture Space (Catapult). The Venture Space within UNSW Computing is a subsidised-cost space available to approved UNSW students and alumni who wish to develop ideas into business models, products or services.
  • Startup Expo.  The Expo allows startups to pitch their companies to students, staff and investors.

Enterprising students keep UNSW ahead on Start-Ups

Start Up Graph

UNSW leads Australian universities in the number of graduates who have founded technology start-ups in the last 15 years, a new US-based analysis reveals.

CrunchBase, a leading US authority on technology start-ups, this week published an analysis ranking the top American universities based on the number of graduates who have founded or co-founded tech companies. The analysis looked at 6,150 entrepreneurs from 4,885 companies, and only included people who had their higher-education information listed.

Running the analysis on the same data for Australian universities shows UNSW leads the Australian field with 16 founders or co-founders – the majority of which are computing and electrical engineering graduates. UTS had the second most with seven, and five other Australian universities had six graduates listed.

“For most of our students, the world of entrepreneurship is very much in reach and an option we really try to encourage and foster,” says Associate Professor Maurice Pagnucco, Head of UNSW Computer Science and Engineering.

“It’s one of the most exciting things about computing,” he says. “If you have the skills and the passion, all you really need is an Internet connection and a creative idea.”

“We’re really proud of the network of UNSW alumni who have pursued their business dreams, and they continue to inspire and mentor our current students.”

UNSW Computer Science and Engineering started an incubator program in 2011, which provides rent-free space for six months to student start-ups.

The University’s commercialisation company, NewSouth Innovations, has also kick-started a student enterprise division designed to help start-ups and student innovators.

CrunchBase is a free database of technology companies, entrepreneurs and investors, which is powered by an online community of readers.

Media Contact: Myles Gough, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 1933, myles.gough@unsw.edu.au