UNSW Start Rail

Zone 1: Education

The education zone generally includes coursesby schools and faculties that emphasise experiential learning. These are a great start for students who are generally interested in learning about entrepreneurship, but not yet actively pursuing a start-up idea of their own.

Zone 2: Experience

The experience zone generally includes initiatives that provide students with the experience of starting something new, but these initiatives are not for course credit or commercial activities. The MCIC is a key player in this zone, as they provide a platform for extra-curricular experiential learning.

Zone 3: Execution

The execution zone is for students who are ready to incorporate their ideas, with (free) help from UNSW Innovations’ Student Entrepreneur Development group so they can generate revenues and seed /venture capital. Through UNSW’s external network, they are welcome to continue their venture in incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces

Select from the circles below to see a list, with links under the UNSW Startrail map of all the areas in each division.

Zone 1: Education


CSI - Centre of Social Impact courses
Strategy, Innovation and Change (SIC) - Executive Education Program
MGMT5202 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
MGMT5203 - Entrepreneurship from the inside

UNSW Business School:

CIE - Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
MNGT2010 - Innovation & Entrepreneurship
MNGT3003 - Global Entrepreneurship
Startup MOOC – “How to validate your startup idea” based on MGMT2010
MOOC Meetups - Fortnightly meet-up based on the MOOC
PFC - Annual Peter Farrell Cup business competition
The Place - “Flipped classroom” setting
INFS2621 - Enterprise Systems
INFS3631 – Innovation & Technology Management

UNSW Engineering:

ELEC4445/GSOE9445– Entrepreneurial Engineering
Start-up Mondays - Weekly workshop series at MCIC
UNSW Grand Challenges - Engineering disruption program
Catapult Program - Co-working space in collaboration with MCIC and UNSW Innovations SED

UNSW Science:

BABS3071 - Commercial Biotechnology
BABS3091– Professional Issues in Biotechnology involved with PFC
Science of Innovation Lab - – Neuroscience research into entrepreneurship, collaboration with UNSW Science

Zone 2: Experience

ARC (Student clubs):

BlueSat - Engineering easy-access space projects
CREATE - Practical workshops in developing engineering, innovation and design
Enactus - Social Entrepreneurship
AGSM ICE Club - Innovation, Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship Club
Redback Racing – Building an open-wheel race car
SOMI – Society for Medical Innovation
Start-up Link – Platform to connect student to startups
Sunswift – Engineering and racing solar-powered cars

Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC):

Catalyst-in-residence - Mentorship for students
Multi-Purpose Space - Event/Co-Design/Maker/Exhibit space available in the MCIC for a range of activities
Startup Validation Program (SVP) - Basics for founders
Textbook Ventures - Student-led venture capital fund


Catapult - MCIC, Engineering & UNSW Innovations collaboration
GSOE9220 - Launching a startup

UNSW Art & Design:

Marker Space – Platform and incubator for collaborative making

UNSW Built Enviroment:

BEIL0017 - Business StartUp
Friday Maker Lab (FML) - Friday night design workshop

Zone 3: Execution

UNSW Innovations:

Student Entrepreneur Development - 12 stage entrepreneur coaching and connecting program
Entrepreneur Legal Centre (ELC) - Pro-bono legal service and introduction to external providers
FounderLab - Software dev & technical mentorship program
Innovation Dojo - Japan-Australia cultural program
MVP Grant Fund – Grants fund run by ARC & UNSW Innovations
Ramen Life – Online platform for UNSW Startup Community
Startup China – China-Australia cultural program
Startup Launch – 4 week startup program
The New Wave – UNSW female entrepreneurship initiative by UNSW Innovations, Capital W and Women In Engineering
UniSeed – Venture fund investing in research spinouts (co-owned by UNSW)
UNSW Hustle – Volunteer service provided by AGSM students
Smart Sparrow – Innovative leaning platform


Cicada Innovations - Commercialisation hub for technology (co-owned by UNSW)
BlueChilli – Tech accelerator + corporation innovation
Fishburners – Largest tech co-working space
Muru-d – Telstra accelerator program
Pollenizer – Corporate Innovation Program
Startmate – Founders for founders accelerator
Stone & Chalk – Fintech Hub
Tank Stream Labs – Co-working space and community
GAEN – UNSW Global Alumni Entrepreneurs Network StartRail for Sydney Innovation Ecosystem

Startup Line:

Chatterbox Education
Conscious Step
Crowd & Co
Forcite Helmet
Tot Tok

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