AgriStart Helps UWA Researchers Accelerate Innovation with Start Something

AgriStart supported Start Something from Research at Murdoch University with mentoring, judging and an agribusiness prize in conjunction with CSBP. Prizes recognised the potential impact, commercialisation readiness and progress made during the initiative.

Judges included Dr Natasha Ayers, AgriStart; Rob Plumb, Waters Corporation (USA); Kate Chaney, Strategy Consultant; Prof. Chris Hutchison, Murdoch University; Dr Dawn Driscoll, DCi Biotech; Peter Rossdeutscher, Atomic Sky. 

Particular congratulations to the four Award Winners; 

  • Murdoch Commercialisation Innovation Prize; Lupin Protien Isolate Initiative, Calum Watt
  • AgriStart Innovation Prize; Extending the Life of Fresh Produce, Kirsty Bayliss
  • Start Something Prize; Biomedical Activated Charcoal for Overdose Applications, Supriya Rattan
  • Murdoch Commercialisation Prize; Platform for Enabling Sustainable Housing, Camila Fonseca Mazzo for her
“Start Something taught me a great deal about the commercialisation process and will help me focus on the steps required to deliver positive outcomes of commercialising research. The industry introductions were particularly beneficial.” - Calum Watt, Western Barley Genetics Alliance, School of Veterinary and Life Science.

Murdoch University Provost, Professor Andrew Taggart, highlighted to the industry audience the highly proactive approach that Murdoch takes in commercialisation skills and impact pathways. Start Something is one of those pathways taking researchers from their labs to receive new skills plus industry engagement.

The pitch finalists each earned their place on finals night via competitive pitch-off process through the five week program. They came from multiple areas including agri-business, education, clean-energy, agri-food, sustainable building, information technology and biomedical. 

The evening closed with a networking session which saw industry executives locking in follow up meetings with the presenters. A great sign of Start Something delivering economic impact from research in Western Australia.

Natasha Ayers 4 July 2017