Innovation program launched to help researchers ‘Start Something’ at Murdoch

July 4, 2016

Professor Morrison says Start Something will stimulate entrepreneurship at Murdoch

Professor Morrison says Start Something will stimulate entrepreneurship at Murdoch

A program new to Murdoch University that will further develop research commercialisation skills, support researchers and strengthen research-industry engagement has been launched at the University.

In association with Innovation Cluster and Atomic Sky, the Start Something program aims to stimulate entrepreneurship among academics, postgraduates and early career researchers at the University.

Professor David Morrison, Murdoch University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, said the program would provide enterprise skills, knowledge and contacts in industry to help researchers.

Start Something will enable researchers to learn from the successful commercialisation pathways of others, allowing them to engage directly with industry and business experts, and work in start-up ecosystems,” he said.

“The initiative is an important component in broadening the University’s focus on research, innovation and knowledge transfer as it provides a cohesive framework supporting industry connectivity.”

Australia is currently ranked nearly last in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations for collaboration between industry and public researchers. Industry engagement is a growing component of the future of public research in Australia, so researchers interacting with industry experts from multiple fields are central to the program.

Start Something comprises commercialisation awareness events and a workshops program led by industry mentors, focusing on the stages of education, business modelling, validation and the commercialisation process.

“Murdoch’s translational research continues to develop social and economic benefits to local and international communities by delivering clear outcomes from the innovative research being done by our students and schools,” said Professor Chris Hutchison, Director Research and Innovation at Murdoch.

“Murdoch is excited to be working with incubation experts Atomic Sky and Innovation Cluster on the Start Something initiative, as it will further enhance the skillset of our researchers, aligning them with the Federal Government’s National Innovation Science Agenda (NISA).”

Peter Rossdeutscher, Founder of Innovation Cluster, said: “Murdoch University has a reputation for applying world-class research to real world problems, developing innovative thinkers and problem solvers.

“We are delighted to support the NISA objectives and those of the University to facilitate greater success combining industry, entrepreneurs and Murdoch’s own innovation leadership around research commercialisation.”

The program will commence mid-July and will be open to researchers from all schools. Murdoch staff interested in the program can find out more, including registration information here.

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