Ignition Labs announce Partnerships to benefit those selected for their 2013 program

The Ignitions Labs 2013 program, an accelerator for early stage health and medical technologies, will close applications on the 28th July for its highly competitive, intensive business development program.

The accelerator is powered by ATP Innovations, Australia’s leading deep-technology incubator.  The program offers five spots to promising startup companies that can demonstrate how their technology will make a positive impact on personal health, social health and the delivery of innovative healthcare.  The aim of the program is to convert early stage ideas into fundable businesses over 6 months through access to experienced mentors, $25,000+ cash, structured customer and business validation activities, entrepreneurial education and investment roadshows.

ATP Innovations and Ignition Labs are proud to announce three partnerships with champions of innovation that will benefit companies selected for the Ignition Labs 2013 portfolio.

Intellectual Property firm Griffith Hack will support the Health and Medtech program through the delivery of IP services.  The Griffith Hack medical technology group comprises a specialised team of intellectual property attorneys and lawyers who are at the forefront of protecting, managing, enforcing and commercialising clients’ innovations in this highly sophisticated healthcare field.  Griffith Hack have been named IP Specialist Firm of the Year by Australasian Legal Business (ALB) for three years running (2011, 2012 and 2013). Contact the team at Griffith Hack to discuss your IP issues.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the commercial arm of the British Government. UKTI helps the best and most innovative overseas companies to look at the UK as their global partner of choice. By partnering with ATP Innovations on the Ignition Labs program, UK Trade & Investment will be able to provide practical help and expertise to medtech companies in Australia.

Paul Webster, Director of Investment for UKTI in Australia and New Zealand said: “The UK Medical Technology industry has grown rapidly over the last 4 years. Turnover of medical technology companies is expected to grow from £5.8bn in 2012 to £7.8bn by 2017; the number of people employed in the sector is already 71,000. With a buoyant medical industry and the British economy returning to consistent growth, now is a great time for Australian medical technology companies to be exploring the UK market.” Find out more about UK Trade & Investment and see how they can help your business.

British Airways, a full service global airline and partner in the award winning Oneworld® Alliance, is possibly the world’s most innovative commercial carrier.  British Airways has a progressive vision that has resulted in a range of enhancements, from the implementation of the worlds first fully flat bed system in business class to the introduction of the “On Business” corporate loyalty program in 2010. On Business is a unique loyalty program that accumulates points for business flights that can be redeemed for tangible travel benefits.

In early 2013 British Airways announced the first of it’s “UnGrounded” innovation lab flights.  One hundred and thirty tech-illuminati participated in the 11-hour hack between San Francisco and London at 30,000 feet before presenting their ideas on bridging the gap between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the United Nations at the Decide Now Act (DNA) Summit in London. Partnering with ATP Innovations on the Ignition Labs Health and Medical Technology Accelerator is an extension of this progressive vision and reinforces the airline’s commitment to Australian businesses through On Business. British Airways will fly qualifying Ignition Labs applicants from five health and medtech startups to London, UK, in November to attend Health 2.0 as part of the program. For more information on the British Airways On Business program please visit www.ba.com/onbusiness

Further information and selection criteria can be found on the Ignitions Labs website ignitionlabs.com.au