About two years ago, UTS set out an ambitious and transformative agenda to scale entrepreneurship across the university, envisioning UTS as a leading public university of technology, recognised for our global impact and to be Australia's leading university in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Since then, we have established a new portfolio with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, led by the Deputy Vice‐Chancellor, Innovation and Enterprise. Listening to our students who told us they want the skills and ability to create their own career pathways when they graduate, we have thought carefully how we could provide the desired high level of support, while ensuring excellence, sustainability and high social impact.
As a result, we have embedded entrepreneurship in our 10‐year strategy and have developed a fourpillar approach to reach this goal: Entrepreneurial experiences for students, ecosystem partnership cultivation, driving precinct development towards a tech and innovation hub and advancing transdisciplinary learning to teach students future‐industries‐skills.
Our Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit led the implementation of this plan, in the process creating and inspiring a whole new community of entrepreneurs, UTS Startups.
Today, as a result of our entrepreneurial activity, we are much closer to reaching our vision: UTS has a reputation of being Australia's top university for student entrepreneurs. We currently have over 325 student‐launched startups, with over 700 team‐members. Newly created resources, e.g.
'Entrepreneurship‐Toolkit' have reached 1,210 staff, students and alumni. Overall, 3,000 students have had entrepreneurial experiences since August of 2018.