In response to this and the rapidly growing start-up community around ANU, we created the TechLauncher initiative.
TechLauncher builds on our work by adding an option for students to work towards creating their own student-run start-up businesses for university credit.
The program is open to students from any discipline across ANU.
In 2015, we had around 130 students enrolled in TechLauncher courses and about 70 project proposals from industry, the public sector, ANU research labs and students.
Of these, 28 were selected by students, including 11 student-run start-ups.
Most have delivered real value to their client or have launched software using Apple's App Store, Google Play or Amazon Web Services.
One such group, the Design Profile team, developed a psychometric testing tool for The ThinkPlace Foundation that gives users an insight into their natural design tendencies, behaviours and aptitudes.
This tool has already been used by many, including the United Nations in Nairobi.
This year we will continue to improve TechLauncher and, in particular, the involvement of students from arts, commerce, public policy and other areas of the University.
We aim to form truly multidisciplinary teams that are able to thrive during the boom to come.
Originally published at reporter.anu.edu.au