Three keynote speeches:
* Philosophical musings on Technology transfer and Innovation, by Tim Carroll, Austrade State Director Victoria
* RMIT Activator - a brand new destination for start-ups!, by Renzo Scacco, RMIT University
* The Entrepreneur's Roadmap, by Tom Williams, Principal, InnovationConsult
Date and time: 14:00 - 17:00, Sat 25/02/2017
Venue: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
* 14:00 - 14:20 Registration
* 14:20 - 14:30 ACASE CEO Dr Erjiang Fu reports on ACASE’s 2017 plan
* 14:30 - 16:00 Keynote speeches (3 speakers, 20 minutes each plus 10 minutes Q&A session)
* 16:00 - 16:30 Project time (anyone wants to talk about their projects, experience or team)
* 16:30 - 17:00 Networking and afternoon tea
Speech 1: Philosophical musings on Technology transfer and Innovation
Mr Tim Carroll, State Director Victoria and Tasmania and National Lead – Health, Science and Technologies, Austrade
Innovation and Technology transfer and intricately linked and often required to get an idea or invention into use. Innovation is a word that is often used that is interpreted in many different ways and can often mean different things to different people. Innovation surrounds us and can come from novel ideas, adjacent possibilities, adaptation reuse and exaptation. The key to innovation is to do something with it in a way that your solution meets a need. If your innovation has a potential user, it is critical to understand and focus on the user. Knowledge transfer can have many and varied pathways and the chosen path has the ability to dramatically influence the chance of success. Innovation, Technology and knowledge transfer and Intellectual Property are key issues for an entrepreneur to understand and use to give their ideas the greatest chance of success.
Speech 2: RMIT University - Director RMIT Activator
Mr Renzo Scacco, the Director of RMIT Activator, RMIT University
Speech 3: The Entrepreneur's Roadmap
Mr Tom Williams, Principal, InnovationConsult
The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap lays out the stages and the sequence an entrepreneur needs to think about to be successful. This is useful at the outset of a Startup Business, as many intended entrepreneurs tend to rush in with an idea and want to push on to raise money and produce it. But they haven’t begun at ‘the beginning’, so to speak. It turns out it’s better to begin with the problem you’re trying to solve, why that’s important to you and whether it’s also important to your customers, before rushing into producing your idea. Entrepreneurs are by nature enthusiastic and assume everyone else will also love their idea. However, you need find out what’s bugging your target customers, what they really want and whether your ‘great idea’ is actually going to solve their major needs. So starting with a clear purpose and then doing the necessary market research and value proposition testing is a better entry point, before going on to prototyping, securing IP, setting up a company, finding investors and partners and getting all that sorted early in the life of your Startup.
Tim Carroll's BIO:
Tim is the senior representative for Austrade in Victoria and Tasmania and has the national leadership of a key initiative for Austrade to help grow Australian economy in the Health Science and Technologies areas.
Tim comes from a background in medical science, technology transfer and commercialisation. He has a wealth of experience in executive management in the medical and health sciences, international market development work in Asia, and innovation and commercialisation support. He had a long career at CSL, one of Australia's largest and oldest biotherapeutics companies which operates a global business and produces blood plasma products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals. There he managed a number of technical teams and CSL's international market development work in Asia. While in this role he resided in Singapore for a 2 year period from 2006 to 2008 and spend a great deal of time travelling and working in Malaysia.
Tim has also run his own consulting firm and managed La Trobe University's intellectual property portfolio and Knowledge Transfer Office. Tim has a Bachelor of Applied Science from QUT with his original scientific specialties being Blood Transfusion Medicine and Toxinology (i.e. snakes, spiders and other venomous creatures).
Renzo Scacco’s BIO:
Renzo is the Director of RMIT Activator - a brand new destination for start-ups! RMIT activator is designed to help students grow successful start-up ventures and provides participants with real world skills in enterprise creation. Renzo is an experienced senior executive with a track record of growing businesses locally and internationally. He has served as International Advisory Board Member of The Open University Business School (UK). Renzo has held a range of senior management roles in Australia and Europe across the consumer goods, healthcare and energy industries, as well as ininternational management consulting and branding consulting firms.
Tom Williams’s BIO:
Tom Williams is a broadly trained executive with experience in big pharma, biotech, funds management and creative marketing. Tom speaks and consults on a number of subjects, including commercial strategy, raising finance and engaging industry partners for institutions and entrepreneurs, in life sciences and other areas.
Since leaving a biotech company, which he took from a Startup to an ASX listing, he has concentrated on educating scientists to become entrepreneurs. Tom runs a number of workshops including ‘MBA in a Day’ and ‘Financing your Startup’. He managed a 12-month program, ‘Molecules to Medicine,’ funded by the Victorian government, which trained biomedical scientists in the translation and commercialisation of their research.
Tom has university qualifications in science, business, film production, mentoring and coaching. He lectures at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, teaching business planning, commercialisation, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE) is a not-for-profit organization registered in Victoria, Australia. Its objectives are to encourage connections and collaborations between scientific innovators and industry throughout Australia and China, and to facilitate the transformation of scientific and technological innovations into tangible social and economic benefits.
This event is sponsored by City of Melbourne.
Dr Erjiang Fu, ACASE Founder and CEO
www.acase.org.au, E-mail: email@example.com