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Watch UC researchers 'pitch for funds'

Researcher Development, University of Canberra

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

Watch UC researchers 'pitch for funds'

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Pitch for Funds 04/10/2017 Free  

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Pitch for Funds
The Pitch for Funds (P4F) Competition
22 researchers. 90 seconds each. $12,000 in prize money.


Come along to UC and watch our researchers 'pitch for funds'.

All 22 of them have amazing ideas and want to make the world a better place. There’s only one thing stopping them … MONEY!

On the night, accompanied by a single PowerPoint slide and/or prop, our researchers will try to convince the judges to invest in their project. Think ‘Shark Tank’ with a twist.

You can show your support too! Each member of the audience will be given a $5 UC note to award to their favourite pitcher (which the recipient can later trade for Australian currency).

Afterwards, mix and mingle with the judges, competitors and other attendees over drinks and canapés.



The Hon Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial (@AWMemorial)

Mick Spencer, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of On The Go Sports (@mickspencer90)

Rachel Stephen-Smith, Labor MLA for Kurrajong and Minister in ACT Government (@RachelSS_MLA)

Suzie Hoitink, Registered Nurse and Founder of Clear Complexions clinics (@suziehoitink)


The competitors

Each of the finalists represents one of UC's Faculties/Research Institutes as follows: 


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

Dr Benjamin Leruth: Together, let's bridge the gap between citizens and political elites! (@BenLeruth)

Faculty of Arts and Design

Dr Fanke Peng: Wearable memory: Share life experience and make your memory visible (@FankePeng)

Tayanah O'Donnell: Place-based sustainability: what's your vision? (@Tayanah)


Faculty of Business, Government and Law

Dr Alison McLennan: Let's talk about synthetic biology (@asmclennan)

Dr Dalma Demeter: Quo vadis, Domine?

Dr Habib Kahn: Management accountants: Are you ready for big data? (@sumkadu)

Dr Hamed Sarbazhosseini: Beyond the hype: what project portfolio management is capable of delivering for Australian Government agencies (@HosseiniHamed)


Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths

Dr Ann Hill: Learning together to secure our food; growing a global garden of ideas (@annhilluc)

David Hinwood: Classification and manipulation of waste with robotics

Dr Philip Roberts: How NAPLAN creates rural disadvantage (@PhilipRobertsss)


Faculty of Health

Abel Zhou: Could patient ionising radiation exposure be reduced 100 fold? (@XRay_Revolution)

Dr Bernie Bissett: Hold your breath – improving recovery from ICU (@BernieBissett)

Dr Eamon Merrick: Gaze with expert eyes (@EamonMerrick)

Hayley Teasdale: Balance buzz ball (@haylolz)

Dr Ivan Hanigan: Open software for restricted data (@ivanhanigan)

Dr Jane Frost: Walk in someone else’s shoes – improving patient experiences in health care (@JaneFrostUC)

Dr Niru Mahendran: How hard do we need to work our stroke survivors? (@niru__mahendran)

Dr Sam Kosari: Reducing medication errors in aged care facilities (@SamKosari)

Dr Suzanne Carroll: Where you live matters (@CarrollSuzanneJ)


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

Jenny Duxbury: Testimony: a lego-poltico thriller (@duxburyjen) 

Institute for Applied Ecology

Anthony Davidson: The final puzzle piece (@ANTSstats)


Research Institute for Sport and Exercise

Dr Wayne Spratford: Can in-shoe orthoses reduce greater trochanteric pain syndrome? (@WayneSpratford)


Your MC for the evening is Professor Ross Thompson, Director, Institute for Applied Ecology


Talking about this on Twitter? Use #UCP4F

This event is proudly sponsored by UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and the CBR Innovation Network, and is free and open to the public.


CBR Innovation Network

Have questions about Watch UC researchers 'pitch for funds'? Contact Researcher Development, University of Canberra

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UC theatre, 1A21 (Room 21, Level A, Building 1; next to Café Mizzuna in the Hub)
Kirinari Street (northern end)
University of Canberra
Bruce, ACT 2617

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

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