Transformer

Transformer is an Australian-first entrepreneurship program offered as a fee-free, extracurricular option to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines.

Based in a dedicated co-working space, it provides a collaborative environment where you can work on a project, taking it from initial idea through to execution. You may see a problem that needs to be solved or an issue that needs to be addressed. You may have a unique product or service to sell, an advanced technology development, a streamlined process or a new app. It could relate to sport, art, environmental issues, social welfare, making the world a better place. With 24/7 access for students, it is a hub to meet, interact and join forces with like-minded classmates and team members who will help you take your project to the next level. Whatever you’re passionate about and whatever your dreams are made of - Transformer could just be the most life-changing experience of your time here at Bond University.

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Transformer Scholarships

Tackle real-world problems that matter right now with the Transformer, Bond University's new co-curricular program. 

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The Transformer Program

Transformer is all about seeing opportunity through entrepreneurial application. Entrepreneurship is a key leadership capability that will be a differentiator for tomorrow’s leaders.

Transformer’s objective is to give you the courage and confidence to find your inspiration and transform your idea through to execution. Transformer will provide you with diverse skills, unique experiences and equip you with entrepreneurial capability and leadership.

The focus within Transformer is to provide each student with the opportunity, an inclusive culture and entrepreneurial teamwork to students, alumni and industry. Transformer is built on the premise that entrepreneurial capability is made, you are not born with it. Transformer builds people, skills and execution capabilities, and nurtures entrepreneurial approaches to life’s problems.

Transformer invites you to collaborate across five areas:

  • Experience entrepreneurship with a diverse mix of students across Bond University.
  • Participate in workshops ranging from interpersonal to technical skills.
  • Support you to transform your idea into reality through either an individual student venture, group project or global competition.
  • Access to industry experts, mentors, coaches, and a cutting-edge co-working space.
  • Cross collaboration with all Bond faculties, alumni, industry and the community.

Along the way, you’ll be mentored by Bond’s world-renowned academics and inspired by successful entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries.

Transformer is designed to develop the core skills and capabilities that will drive success in your career and in life.

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  • Self awareness
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Building high performing teams
  • Pitching your idea
  • Networking
  • Design thinking
  • Entrepreneurial risk taking
  • Start up law clinics
  • Mastering an online presence
  • Showcasing
  • Industry collaboration
  • Real world projects
  • Student projects
  • Group projects
  • Global competitions
  • Industry projects
  • Start up ventures
  • Commercialisation

As part of the Transformer program you will have access to complimentary masterclasses and showcases which put you in the room with industry professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs and potential investors.

You’ll gain insights from some of Australia’s most successful start-ups and venture capitalists, and be inspired by young achievers who started their journey exactly where you are now. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with Bond’s extended network of corporate, government and community partners who are proactive in supporting our student entrepreneurs.

Let's start something together. Please email [email protected].

Transformer Advisory Circle members

Jane Barratt

Founder and CEO, GoldBean
Jane Barratt

Founder and CEO, GoldBean

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David Baxby

Managing Director (Industrials), Wesfarmers
David Baxby

Managing Director (Industrials), Wesfarmers

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Jared Pohl

Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, ECP Asset Management
Jared Pohl

Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, ECP Asset Management

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Mark Sowerby

Founder, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited
Mark Sowerby

Founder, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited

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Transformer professional members

Daniel Abrahams

Transformer Director
Daniel Abrahams
Transformer Director
Level 3, Building 2, Bond Business School, Bond University

Lisa Shaw

Transformer Program Manager
Lisa Shaw
Transformer Program Manager
Level 2, Building 2, Bond Business School, Bond University

Transformer Hub

Collaboration. Conversation. Inspiration.

Opened in May 2017, Bond Business School’s new state-of-the-art facilities incorporate a dynamic co-working space, dedicated to the Transformer program.

Designed around the concept of ‘accelerated serendipity’, it features a series of zones where chance encounters transform into productive discussions, brainstorming sessions and planning meetings.

A casual conversation at the coffee machine, for instance, can get down to business at the adjacent bench-desk or around the whiteboard in the lounge area.

Breakout rooms can be adjusted for large, small or multiple meetings, or you can take it outside to the landscaped garden courtyard.

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International World's Challenge challenge

Bond University is proud to be a partner of the 2018 International World's Challenge Challenge. 

Teams of 3 students will prepare a 5-7 minute presentation on how they would solve a major global issue. 

The winning team, selected by a panel of academic and community leaders, will be flown to Canada for the international final at Western University in June 2018. 

For more information email [email protected] or visit worldschallengechallenge.com

Testimonials

Kian Heera

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

"The Transformer program is a great opportunity to network and collaborate with mentors and students from all faculties. Through the program I have developed my personal leadership skills as well as building on my presentation techniques and overall confidence. The Transformer is a great program for any student wanting to build on their interpersonal and creative skills and thinking outside of the box."

Kian Heera

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

"The Transformer program is a great opportunity to network and collaborate with mentors and students from all faculties. Through the program I have developed my personal leadership skills as well as building on my presentation techniques and overall confidence. The Transformer is a great program for any student wanting to build on their interpersonal and creative skills and thinking outside of the box."

Aleena Khawaja

Bachelor of Medical Studies

"Daniel's masterclass was highly engaging, informative, and surprisingly fun! Although I entered it feeling lost due to my absolute inexperience in business and entrepreneurship, I left profoundly inspired and empowered. It equipped me with skills that gave impetus to my entrepreneurial venture. You know it is a great talk when the moment it finishes, you find yourself asking when the next one will be."

Aleena Khawaja

Bachelor of Medical Studies

"Daniel's masterclass was highly engaging, informative, and surprisingly fun! Although I entered it feeling lost due to my absolute inexperience in business and entrepreneurship, I left profoundly inspired and empowered. It equipped me with skills that gave impetus to my entrepreneurial venture. You know it is a great talk when the moment it finishes, you find yourself asking when the next one will be."

Shannon Gill

Bachelor Exercise and Sports Science

The Transformer Design Thinking Workshop educated me on how I can approach problems and ideas from a practical perspective. Before attending this workshop it had not occurred to me how often I had started with an idea or a solution, and worked backwards by then trying to apply it to a problem. I think in my future career as a Physiotherapist, Design Thinking will be crucial for how I treat my patients.

Shannon Gill

Bachelor Exercise and Sports Science

The Transformer Design Thinking Workshop educated me on how I can approach problems and ideas from a practical perspective. Before attending this workshop it had not occurred to me how often I had started with an idea or a solution, and worked backwards by then trying to apply it to a problem. I think in my future career as a Physiotherapist, Design Thinking will be crucial for how I treat my patients.

Lukas Wiesner

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

I personally learned a lot from the Transformer Design Thinking workshop. I learned a new process for problem-solving, the power of storytelling and am very keen to apply Design Thinking in my future. This workshop is for students from all disciplines, especially those who are passionate about innovation, start-ups, product development and strategy. 

Lukas Wiesner

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

I personally learned a lot from the Transformer Design Thinking workshop. I learned a new process for problem-solving, the power of storytelling and am very keen to apply Design Thinking in my future. This workshop is for students from all disciplines, especially those who are passionate about innovation, start-ups, product development and strategy. 

Emma Karst

Bachelor of International Relations/ Bachelor of Business

I have always been a big advocate of case study learning. I found Daniel's presentation style engaging and I enjoyed how I was able to retain and understand risk and it's applications to my degree, extracurricular and personal endeavours. 

Emma Karst

Bachelor of International Relations/ Bachelor of Business

I have always been a big advocate of case study learning. I found Daniel's presentation style engaging and I enjoyed how I was able to retain and understand risk and it's applications to my degree, extracurricular and personal endeavours.