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Innovation Jumpstart – Models for commercialisation workshop 3 August

Just how do you go about commercialising an innovation? What things should you concentrate on to increase your chances of success?

There are many models for commercialisation, often with contradictory advice. As part of the Innovation Jumpstart 2018 competition Adrian Busch from R&I gives a whistle-stop tour of six such models, and attempts to garner a little guidance from each.

Date      3 Aug
Time      11.00am – 12.00pm
Venue   Ernest Rutherford 225

Please RSVP to Adrian Busch – adrian.busch@canterbury.ac.nz

Sign up to Innovation Jumpstart now

You will become a part of UC’s innovation community which includes opportunities for support and to participate in workshops and seminars. You could also win one five $20,000 prizes.

Find more information and the Innovation Jumpstart application form here>

Innovation Jumpstart key dates:

  • Applications close 6.00pm, Friday 10 August 2018
  • Judging will take place over the following four weeks – shortlisted entrants may be asked to make a short presentation to the judging panel
  • Winners announced at a celebration event early October 2018

 

Innovation Jumpstart – Intellectual Property seminar, 27 July

On Friday 27 July, (11.30am to 12.30pm) Michael Brown, Principal at intellectual property law firm AJ Park will present a one-hour seminar on intellectual property.  Lunch provided. 
Venue: Ernest Rutherford 225

He will provide a summary of types of intellectual property, its relevance to the university and other innovative environments, and some important points to keep in mind to optimise protection and potential commercial benefits.

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

Sign up to Innovation Jumpstart now

You will become a part of UC’s innovation community which includes opportunities for support and to participate in workshops and seminars. You could also win one five $20,000 prizes.

Find more information and the Innovation Jumpstart application form here>

Innovation Jumpstart key dates:

  • Applications close 6.00pm, Friday 10 August 2018
  • Judging will take place over the following four weeks – shortlisted entrants may be asked to make a short presentation to the judging panel
  • Winners announced at a celebration event early October 2018

 

 

 

Extraordinary future for technology with UC beginnings

As a result of carbon fibre electrode technology initially developed by Associate Professor John Abrahamson, there will soon be a UC connection to hybrid vehicles manufactured internationally.

Prof Abrahamson tells us more about his technology and the work of local company, ArcActive who will be developing it with American partners with an eye to the future of sustainable vehicles.

Q1: What was the original technology?

The original technology revolved around processing fabric made of carbon fibre in such a way that it enhanced its usefulness for building electrodes.  Using processed carbon fabric in an electrode for a lead-acid battery enhanced the effective surface for producing and absorbing electrical current.

Q2:  What made you realise that there was commercial potential?

In 2008 we did an international trip talking to firms with a possible interest in our technology, and had keen interest from a battery maker who turned up to see us with senior business staff in the room.  We then checked out the battery use economics, which were promising.

We initially scoped out where the material could possibly have a use, and then did some initial experiments to give us a sense of the technical performance we could achieve. From this data, we arranged meetings with numerous companies in a variety of industries to discuss what we had, and gauge their interest.

From this visit, we identified a new way of using the material that opened up a new technical avenue to explore. This ultimately became the product and market that is the basis of the announced partnership. 

There are many things that need to be answered to know that you have something with commercial potential, which is why it has taken 10 years to go from initial idea to partnership:

  1. enhanced performance on a technical attribute that solves an unmet need,
  2. Intellectual Property: both Freedom to Operate and your own patents,
  3. consistency in performance,
  4. manufacturing techniques suited to high volume manufacturing settings,
  5. partners to manufacture the product,
  6. a supply chain that can deliver material in a timely/quality and cost appropriate way,
  7. a product cost that allows everyone to make money and still have the customer buy your product,
  8. an investment requirement that suits doing this work in New Zealand (i.e. is not particularly capital intensive).

So, it is a long and somewhat iterative process to ensure that what you have really does have commercial potential, but the starting point is ‘are we solving a major problem for someone?’.

The more important and difficult the problem is to solve, the better the chance you have – and there is no substitute for meeting potential customers to work this out.

The thing we have observed is that if you have the “market pain” and market size well established, investors will be tolerant about technical risk – in their eyes, this becomes a risk worth taking.

Q3: What encouragement or advice would you give to other researchers / innovators / students who are wondering if their work has a commercial application?

Talk to possible commercial collaborators about the pain in the market, even though this may be risky.  Choose carefully who you talk to.

Q4: What was your reaction to news of the two-year commercial deal outlined in the NBR?

It is very pleasing from a number of viewpoints.  A major one is that use of our technology in the batteries of hybrid vehicles is likely to bring about a major reduction in the fuel used for transport, worldwide, and this deal is a significant step towards that result.

Innovation which is good for the world – UC research showcased on campus for Techweek’18

One of the most exciting challenges faced by society is developing technology and innovation which is ‘good for the world’.

Our researchers at UC are leading projects that promise to be a part of our extraordinary future. On Wednesday 23 May, 5pm to 8pm discover some of UC’s most innovative research at a showcase of presentations and displays as part of Techweek’18.

Three areas where our people are making a difference are explored:

1.Environmental sustainability will be explored through presentations on the role of agricultural tech disruptors in producing sustainable food, The Storminator which can improve water quality, and top predator research within Antarctica’s Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.

2.The future of urban form and wellbeing will be investigated, with the chance to learn about the international award-winning Shell Eco-Marathon vehicle, a presentation on nutrition, mental illness and wellbeing in the workplace, and a discussion about the impact of autonomous vehicles.

3.What the new digital society may look like is considered in presentations on the challenge of regulating Artificial Intelligence, the upsides and downsides of participation in social media and the extraordinary world of The Blockchain.

Find the full list of presentations and register here>  

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Jumpstart winners

Congratulations to all Tech Jumpstart winners announced yesterday (Thursday 5 October) evening.

The prize from each Technology Incubator  (WNT Ventures and Astrolab) is a “pre-incubation”, where the incubator spends $35k doing a commercial assessment, and coming up with a commercial strategy for the technology. After this, if the incubator likes the look of the technology, they form a start-up to commercialise it.

KiwiNet also funds $20k for each of the winners.

Commercialisation support from R&I is provided to winners as well.

WNT Ventures prize:
Designing functional dresses for plants
Associate Professor David Leung

 Astrolab prize:
Laser Detection of Nitrates in Waterways and Soils
Dr Deb Crittenden and Associate Prof Sally Gaw

 Other winners:
High Performance Printed Heat Exchangers
Professor Conan Fee and Dr Tim Huber

 In-situ Damage Detection
Giuseppe Loporcaro and Professor Milo Kral

 Miniature Electrochemical Sensing Elements for Detection of Nitrate
Dr Vladimir Golovko and Dr Aaron Marshall