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ATN universities shine at Knowledge Commercialisation Awards

UniSA Venture CatalystThe Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) has taken out three out of four awards at the 2016 Knowledge Commercialisation Awards last night in Brisbane.

UniSA’s Venture Catalyst program picked up two awards for Best Entrepreneurial Initiative and the People’s Choice Award. Curtin University also won Best Industry Engagement Strategy for the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, co-founded by Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside Energy Ltd.

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said this was a fantastic achievement for ATN universities.

“There are so many great initiatives happening at our universities that inspire entrepreneurial activity and support research collaboration with industry, and we are delighted to see some of these recognised at last night’s awards.

Venture Catalyst supports South Australia’s brightest student innovators to start up new businesses, develop products and reach world-wide markets by providing up to $50k to the new enterprise as a grant.

“Programs like this support rising student entrepreneurs and provides them with valuable opportunities not just for business development by opening up new doors and new markets both locally and abroad, but is also crucial to their learning and personal growth.

“Importantly, we recognise entrepreneurship is a valuable skill required to turn world-class research into new products that make a difference to the lives of the everyday Australians,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre also picked up an award for Best Industry Engagement. The Centre brings together start-up companies, industry experts, developers, researchers and academics in an open collaboration environment to create a “connected community” focused on cloud, analytics, cyber security and IoT network platforms.

“This partnership is a fantastic example of university-industry collaboration which will have a real impact on our community and the economy. It will produce ground-breaking and innovative solutions that foster growth, provide jobs and help Australian businesses thrive in this age of digital disruption.”

“Congratulations also to finalists from Curtin University for their novel software package for optimising mine shutdown maintenance, and to the UniSA-Ferranova partnership which has developed a new medical device to detect deep or complex cancers.

“Since 2010, nearly two thirds of ATN research funding has come from industry and end-users. ATN universities are focused on real-world research, with strong ties to industry and we support initiatives that have a proven track record in helping improve university-industry collaboration,” Ms Hindmarsh says.