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UC academics get a jumpstart on their innovations

Enhanced hearing tech, a speech analysis app and high-speed additive manufacturing technology were among the five project winners announced at the annual UC Innovation Jumpstart awards on 6 November.

The Innovation Jumpstart competition gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into a reality and learn more about commercialisation of ideas in the process. The competition has grown steadily since its inception in 2010 and this year had a 50% increase in the number of applications compared to 2018.

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UC Commercial Director Liz Hopkins is pleased to see the transformation of the competition and the work that has gone into showing innovation and commercialisation is possible in all areas of academia.

“This year, for the first time, we received applications from every College of the highest calibre. It’s made the task of selecting the award-winners extremely difficult and we’d like to commend all those who entered,” she said.

The Research and Innovation team have transformed the competition in recent years to encourage applications for ideas beyond highly commercial products to include those targeting social enterprise and community service offerings. This year a new prize category was introduced to celebrate ideas with a social or environmental angle.

Each prize winner received $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of concept, technology or service development.

Congratulations to all the participants and the prize winners:

WNT Venture prize: Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt, Engineering and Professor Greg O’Beirne, Science 
Project: Enhanced hearing technology inspired by Human Cochlea Amplifier

Astrolab prize: Dr Yilei Zhang, Engineering
Project: High-speed additive manufacturing technology

Jumpstart prize: Associate Professor Mark Staiger, Engineering
Project: Monolithic biodegradable plate system for bone fracture fixation

Jumpstart prize: Dr Toby Macrae, Science
Project: Developing a speech analysis app.

Social / environmental prize: Dr Aisling O’Sullivan, Professor Tom Cochrane, Dr Frances Charters, Engineering
Project: Nitrate treatment and waste shell valorisation from an innovative filter system.

Innovation Jumpstart workshop – Intellectual Property

When: Wednesday 6 November, 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: John Britten foyer

Michael Brown, Principal at intellectual property law firm AJ Park, will present a one hour session on intellectual property (IP).  The session will introduce and discuss the different types of IP, explain how IP can be used to achieve commercial success, and cover important points to optimise IP protection. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Michael joined AJ Park in 1998 and currently co-heads the engineering and ICT patents team. His role involves advising clients on patentability, design registration and product commercialisation. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications, both in New Zealand and abroad and also regularly conducts infringement and freedom-to-operate assessments, patent portfolio due diligence, and IP audits.

Innovation Jumpstart workshop – Intellectual Property

When: Wednesday 2 October, 11.30am-1.00pm
Where: Forestry building, F1 lecture theatre

Michael Brown, principal at intellectual property law firm AJ Park, will present a one hour session on intellectual property (IP).  The session will introduce and discuss the different types of IP, explain how IP can be used to achieve commercial success, and cover important points to optimise protection. Questions will be welcomed.

Michael joined AJ Park in 1998 and currently co-heads the engineering and ICT patents team. His role involves advising clients on patentability, design registration and product commercialisation. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications, both in New Zealand and abroad and also regularly conducts infringement and freedom-to-operate assessments, patent portfolio due diligence, and IP audits.

A light lunch will be available from 11:30am, and Michael’s talk will begin at midday.

Please RSVP to adrian.busch@canterbury.ac.nz

Innovation Jumpstart workshop – Maximising your chances of success

When: Tuesday 17 September, 12:30-1:30pm 
Where: Rehua 329

Come along to this workshop presented by experienced early stage investor Jon Sandbrook from WNT Ventures.

At this workshop, Jon will share his observations about what it takes to build a new venture from garage to greatness. Outlining some of the fundamentals of success for new start-ups on that journey, Jon will share learnings from hard-won experiences working closely with innovative start-up companies across a range of industries and technologies.

Through this workshop, you’ll learn about the fundamentals for start-up success through the eyes of an investor, and get some specific tips and advice for how to ensure your Innovation Jumpstart application is the best it can be.

About Jon

Jon Sandbrook is Investment Manager for WNT Ventures, a deep technology start-up investment firm with a history of supporting and working with New Zealand’s most innovative companies. Jon has first-hand experience as a repeat start-up founder and a background spanning corporate strategy, policy, consulting and investment.

Innovation Jumpstart submissions open – enter now

Innovation Jumpstart 2019 is now open! Are you a UC academic staff member with an innovative idea or invention that you want to turn into a reality? Then Innovation Jumpstart is for you. The competition is open to all UC academic staff from every college. Simply fill in the application form here and email it to innovation-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz

The top five competition projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of-concept and/or technology/service development.

The Research and Innovation (R&I) team are on hand to give advice and support during the submission process. The R&I team also provide a number of workshops in the lead up to the submission date to help you think about the different aspects of commercialising your idea or invention. Workshop details will be shared on Intercom.

Applications close Friday 18 October 2019, at 6pm.

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