Anton Chekhov once said, “knowledge is of no value until you put it into practice”, which is why 5 students of IBDP Yr-1 embarked on a journey with the University of Queensland, as they participated in QLABS— a seven month long entrepreneurship program led by Tomas Piccinini and Megan Stegeman of the University of Queensland.

The program enables students to think and act with an entrepreneurial mindset. It gives
them a comprehensive understanding of the different steps involved in an entrepreneurial
journey – from the personality and traits of an entrepreneur, to customer discovery, ideation,
business modelling and pitching. Participants are also able to interact and learn in real time
from experienced and successful entrepreneurs about their journey in the additional Founder
Talk sessions.

Moreover, this program also gave our students an opportunity to utilize
everything they learnt into one business pitch. The students of IBDP Yr-1 pitched their
business idea of helping to reduce leakage from water tanks. Our students’ and their mentor
Ms. Rosy Merlin's efforts yielded a fantastic result at the end, as they placed in the top 10
teams out of 50. As part of the top 10 teams, they were invited to a final round of pitching,
where they dived further into the vast ocean of entrepreneurship.

This experience has taught them not only about businesses, but also about connecting with
people, thinking laterally and analytically, identifying assumptions and accepting setbacks,
all of which are essential soft-skills needed to excel in life. The students will surely take forth
their knowledge and experience in the future and be able to come up with more amazing
ideas to make the world a better place!

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