The KCA Awards celebrate the achievements of members, and highlight “top tier work” in Australasian tech transfer. In 2018 we once again have one open category, and invite members to put forth any activity that has realised success in the last 18 months.
The Awards are open to all KCA members and their respective project partners. Projects can span all facets of research commercialisation, industry engagement and entrepreneurship. The Awards aren’t about “big deals.” The Awards recognise great work, so please be encouraged to put forth projects which demonstrate originality, creative business insight, and/or deliver significant societal impact.
Deadline 19 July 2018. Click here to apply.
If innovation is the growth driver for Australian and New Zealand economies, what role can our research institutions play in developing and maintaining a healthy innovation system? Our research outputs are world class, but statistics would suggest that we are failing to turn these outputs into Australasian commercial successes. Technology is created here, but is often commercialised elsewhere due to a number of market factors. If innovation is the answer to our growth needs though, what can our research institutions do to ensure Australasian research is turned into Australasian commercial success?
We have a multitude of co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators to support entrepreneurs. Some are part of universities; others are run by industry and investors. It seems each day brings announcement of yet another startup accelerator/incubator. Are pitching, lean business models, digital marketing and experienced advisors the secret to success?
The answer seems to be yes for software based digital businesses. While medical research has a well established path from research organisation to industry – specialist funds such as the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund support medical startups in Australia and New Zealand through the “valley of death” – it is much more difficult to commercialise other research in engineering, material science and the social sciences.
As such, what can universities and other research institutes do to better support entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystem in getting great ideas to market? If it can be taught, what should out universities teach?
Join us at #KCA2016 for The Entrepreneurial University session where we have an exciting panel of presenters that will present key lessons learned, strategies for success, explore how research institutions can better prepare staff and students, and what can be done to better convert Australasian research into world class Australasian commercial success.
Senior Manager Commercialisation & Commercial Research, University of Wollongong
There has never been a more exciting time to be in technology transfer. There is no doubt that the Turnbull Government’s championing of innovation through the Ideas Boom has thrust technology transfer into the sunlight; where previously it soldiered on unseen in the shadows. The Ideas Boom is templated as the National Science and Innovation Agenda (NISA) and what a policy it is. The NISA encompassing a range of innovations that stimulate our sector to encourage engagement between academia and industry. It galls us to travel the well-worn wheel rut that we as a Nation we occupy the bottom rung of the OECD ladder for industry-research engagement. The NISA aims to move us up that ladder with a range of initiatives which includes incentives for researchers and publicly-funded research institutions to work more actively with industry; provide access to capital for start-ups and incentives entrepreneurs to create start-ups. The talk of the town is start-ups.
For our researchers, the NISA provides a fundamental intervention aimed to changing the culture of academia such that universities will receive competitive funding based on their actual engagement with industry as measured by impact and levels of industry funding as opposed to the traditional metric of peer-reviewed publications and grant income.
This matters to publicly-funded research institutions including our universities, our researchers and our technology transfer professionals. We will all have to stretch and cover the industry engagement drive and balance our existing roles. Positive change is good.
It cannot be stressed enough just how significant this holistic intervention is. Superimpose the Medical Research Future Fund across the top of the biomedical landscape in Australia and we have a sector on the boil for access to capital. Do all these measures mean that the translation of research outcomes to productivity gain for our industry sector can be realised now?
The opening session of the KCA Annual Conference puts the NISA on to the dissection bench as we tease out the pros and cons of this policy that will result in a dramatic change in the technology transfer landscape. Come along and join your peers on September 1 to discuss how the changes affect you. Revel in the sunshine and Register now.
Dr Dean Moss
Nice commentary by Sam Volkering on the recent StartUp AUS Crossroads Report which looks at best practices around the globe.
The report seems to be getting some traction – note the article in today’s Australian “Star-ups review on our radar: Coalition”
Also see the ABC interview with Alan Nobel, co-founder of Start Up Australia and chief engineer at Google Australia, and Rui Rodrigues, investment manager at Tank Stream Ventures, talking about creating a strong and vital technology eco-system in Australia.
ANZ Innovyz START is a 13-week intensive accelerator program aimed at assisting prospective and existing small business owners to develop and grow their businesses for success.
Based in Adelaide South Australia, ANZ Innovyz START looks for ten successful tech enterprises with potentially break-through ideas that are ready for accelerated growth. The program identifies the key elements to success that entrepreneurs need to know to get them ‘investor ready’. The program includes mentoring by successful entrepreneurs, learning programs around growing a company, identification of target markets, working and reworking the company’s plans, and a presentation to potential investors on the last day of the program.
They are now accepting applications for their Winter 2013 Accelerator Program and are looking for companies using software, mobile or web 2.0 to enable their break-through ideas.
Applications close: June 21, 2013