The University of Western Australia, Innovation Cluster, and Perth startup studio Atomic Sky have launched a new program to help post-graduate students and researchers develop entrepreneurial skills and commercialise their work.
The free program is aimed at students who have a service-related idea, app, or any output from their research that might have commercial or social impact potential.
It will consist of four workshops, helping participants determine whether there’s a business in their idea or research and flesh out their startup plan to create a viable, lean canvas business model.
It will also help participants determine the avenues available for the commercialisation of their product or idea, and aim to help them gain a better understanding of startup modelling tools that can be used in competitive grant applications.
Professor Robyn Owens, deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UWA, said that the program will equip researchers with useful industry engagement and entrepreneurial skills to drive their work and create community impact.
“As a research university, we have a mission to drive social and economic development by translating innovative research outcomes to the wider community,” Owens said.
Peter Rossdeutscher, director at Innovation Cluster, an organisation providing mentoring and funding to a variety of startup programs, added that the program will give UWA students and researchers the chance to stimulate future achievements and help find the optimal path to commercialisation.
Mentors who will be guiding the program include Atomic Sky founder Andy Lamb; Toby Gardner, founder of KPMG Energise; Matt Hewitson, founder of Witan Consulting and Harrier Human Capital; and Jane Garrett, director of Glaciei and Zellabox.
Start Something is one of a growing number of courses being launched to help Western Australian entrepreneurs.
Earlier this year, Atomic Sky launched the Fusion Founder Program, a three month program looking to help entrepreneurs at the helm of early stage ventures find investment by addressing the unique challenges facing Western Australian startups.
The first Start Something workshop will be held on July 21.
Image: Atomic Sky’s Andy Lamb