Sparrho CEO

    Vivian Chan

    “I really only have happy memories of my time at UQ,” says Vivian Chan, a University of Queensland (UQ) Bachelor of Biotechnology graduate.

    “The campus is spacious and sunny, with lots of greenery, and the food is ahead of its time: there was bubble tea when I was there!”

    Vivian credits UQ with teaching her how to be independent and to have faith in her ideas – qualities that have helped her become the successful entrepreneur she is today.

    “From there, my experience grew, with exposure to the world of venture capital, and opportunities to do further research and work with other scientists to explore entrepreneurship,” she says.

    As CEO and co-founder of Sparrho – a scientific discovery search engine combining human and artificial intelligence to help everyone access the science important to them – Vivian also uses many skills she learnt during her time at UQ.

    “What was particularly good was being trained to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and encouraged to network and build a portfolio outside of academia,” she says. “My first networking event was terrifying, but I learnt quickly!”

    One of the top-ranking universities in Australia, UQ offers a wealth of degree options taught by top academics and business leaders, and many opportunities to combine a love of science with skills in data. These courses could prepare you for a career in research, science communication, big business or, like Vivian, tech entrepreneurship.

    And the best thing is that whatever path you choose, UQ is ready to support you, from advanced study programs and career and industry mentoring to practical placements in cutting-edge companies and international study tours.

    “I recently returned to UQ to give a talk and learnt about the incubator spaces they now provide for budding entrepreneurs,” says Vivian. “It’s great to see how that support system is growing.”

    – Ben Skuse

    Vivian’s pathway to entrepreneurship:

    > > Bachelor of Biotech (Drug Design & Development), UQ

    > > PhD in Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

    vivian UQ

    “I recently returned to UQ to give a talk and learnt about the incubator spaces they now provide for budding entrepreneurs, it’s great to see how that support system is growing.”

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