SUPPORTERS OF START SOMETHING PROGRAMS OR PRIZES


“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 quality of the research presentations at the closing event were truly impressive, and the business ideas have real potential for impact. To see such brilliant research beginning to be translated into entrepreneurial ventures is exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing these companies grow and flourish in Western Australia.”

Kirsten Rose, Director of Clean Technology Innovation at BHP Billiton

“High knowledge and high value industry will be the driving force of WA’s future.  Interaction between researchers and the outside world of mentors, investors, government and the wider network 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 Innovationfacilitate the translation of research to real world effect.”

Charlie Bass, Philanthropist and Founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research (CERI)

“NERA’s role is to create and support an environment for the future, where boundaries become porous, where intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs thrive in high-growth innovative businesses.  Start Something embodies the type of activity needed to support this culture, business and personal shift for the changing world of work, knowledge and economic opportunity.”

Miranda Taylor, CEO National Resources Energy Australia

“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”

Mark Stickells, Director,  Energy and Minerals Institute

“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.

“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


“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 & Agristart

“This kind of training is critically important as it sees researchers move from having a focus on outputs to having a focus on outcomes, which unlocks their potential to have real impact”

Dr Andrew Grime; Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

“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 gave me time, creative space, skills and inspiration! It was a great introduction to the innovation space and helped my team to rethink how we approach commercialising our research."

Dr Josephine Muir of the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases represented The Noisy Gut research team - includes Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, University of Western Australia, as well as Adam Osseiran, Edith Cowan University