Developed in 2014 by Atomic Sky and Innovation Cluster, Start Something, is engaging Research Staff and PhDs onto the commercialisation path, introducing lean planning and opportunity evaluation, while connecting industry and testing ideas with markets
“Murdoch is delighted to be working with incubation experts Innovation Cluster on this exciting initiative, for the program is an important component in broadening the commercialisation of the University’s world-class research.” David Flanagan; Chancellor, Murdoch University
“The use of the mentors was excellent and an essential part of the ‘winning formula’ from my observation”. Robyn Hill, Director Research Management, The University of Auckland.
“The Start Something workshops have added skills such as business modelling, financing, collaborating and pitching to the great ideas to enable the researchers to start commercialising. I can foresee many of these ideas in the market place in a short time.” Brian Haggerty, SVP Innovation, Woodside Energy.
“Start Something has really given me a great insight into how to go about starting a business from my research, especially how to validate the idea and the need. Knowing your solution, knowing your customers.” Joanna Granich, Centre for Child Health, Telethon Kids Institute
“Start Something provides researcher staff and PhDs with their first introduction to the business modelling and technical knowledge skills necessary to focus their research and better engage with industry. We see it as a key feeder program for the CSIRO Accelerator.” David Burt, Innovation Director, CSIRO
“The initiative supports UWA’s mission to drive social and economic development by getting research out from behind closed lab doors and into the broader community. We’re excited to be working with Innovation Cluster who deliver this program to engage the many entrepreneurs that we have across all disciplines in building skills to translate their research and create community impact.” Professor Robyn Owens; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Western Australia.
“Working with commercialisation experts like Innovation Cluster and their networks adds immense value to the program and to each of the researchers.” Dr Natasha Ayers, Director, iPREP WA
Researchers leave with a stress tested business model, new industry contacts and knowledge of the next steps and where to take them.
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“We’re excited to be working with this program to engage the many entrepreneurs that we have across all disciplines in building skills to translate their research and create community impact. The initiative supports UWA’s mission to drive social and economic development by getting research out from behind closed lab doors and into the broader community.” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Western Australia, Robyn Owens
“High knowledge and high value industry will be the driving force of WA’s future. Interaction between our researchers and the outside world of mentors, advisors, investors and government required for effective innovation does not work effectively within the confines of a university. For these reasons, the Start Something initiative and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation were created to facilitate the translation of research to real world effect.” Charlie Bass, Founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research (CERI)
“The use of the mentors was excellent and an essential part of the ‘winning formula’ from my observation”. Director Research Management, The University of Auckland, Robyn Hill
“Start Something shifts the dial for researchers and supports their efforts to engage with industry and new markets. The program increases the quality and flow of ideas to market and delivers real value to the communities we serve”
"Start Something gave me an opportunity to understand how my research has impact, and what other dynamics need to be considered to improve the real world outcomes". Ghulam Hassan. Computer Science & Software Engineering
“Start Something was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded academics and be mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs. My team are now building a prototype for our first mobile app". Dr Rebecca Braham. Senior Lecturer, Sport Science & Health
See photos of Start Something activities here
Judges at Start Something at Murdoch Uni, 2016
David Flanagan - Chancellor of Murdoch University, Kirsten Rose - VP Innovation of BHP, Peter Clarke - State GM of METS Ignited, Lynne Bradshaw - President of RSPCA WA, Peter Rossdeutscher - Chair of Atomic Sky.
"The Start Something program is a fantastic introduction to commercialisation for researchers. Those in the program start with little to no knowledge about the space and therefore have a low level of confidence in their ability, so it's important that their first experience with commercialisation be a positive one. Start Something provides this positive experience, so while the participants leave Start Something with an improved understanding of the commercialisation space, the most important outcome is their motivation and confidence to continue the commercialisation journey.” David Burt, Innovation Director, CSIRO ON“Start Something started our commercialisation journey. Our Noisy Gut project leverages technology to deliver improved methods of tackling irritable bowel syndrome. The team is Nobel Laurette and Professor of Gastroenterology Barry Marshall, Adam Osseiran (Edith Cowan University) and myself. Start Something gave me the time, creative space, skills and inspiration to start something! It was a great introduction to the innovation space and has helped my team rethink how we approach commercialising our research.” Dr Josephine Muir, the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.