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Taking innovation to a global audience: expert panel


Content Team
15 March 2023

Entrepreneurs and small businesses have the opportunity to learn from the best about taking their innovation to a national and global market at an upcoming workshop presented by Southern Cross University, in partnership with Sourdough Business Pathways.

‘Navigating IP and Commercialisation’ is a free panel and workshop which will be held at the Lismore campus on 30 March. Featuring business and product development experts who have launched products from global payment technology to rapid wound treatment for NASA, the half-day event is ideal for entrepreneurs who are looking to commercialise their ideas locally, nationally and globally.

The initiative is part of Live Idea’s Innovate Series, a program that supports businesses through specialised workshops.

 The format

A panel discussion about the journey to commercialise innovation with global impact will be followed by a workshop with mentoring from panellists about challenges participants are facing.

The speakers

Mitra Ardron is the founder of Lumeter, a leading PAYGO technology supplier. Mitra has extensive experience in the renewable energy and sustainable product sector and through his business, he mentors and supports innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to poverty.

Gerard Criss is the founder and CEO of Rapair Medical Devices, a Northern Rivers-based company developing medical devices utilising innovative healing technology developed by Adjunct Fellow of the Faculty of Health and GP, Dr Rosemary Craig. Rapair Medical Devices are graduates of the CSIRO ON Accelerate program and winners of the 2020 NASA iTech competition.

The session will be facilitated by Ashleigh Camm of Sourdough Business Pathways. Ashleigh’s experience spans more than 15 years across strategy, investment banking, investor relations, governance, sustainability and working with start-ups, both in Australia and the UK.

About Live Ideas

Absorbing what was previously known as the University’s Enterprise Lab, Live Ideas aims to transform ideas into impact, collaborating with industry, community, researchers and educators to activate their ideas and create positive change.

The initiative is funded by the NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program.

The Boosting Business Innovation Program is part of a five-year Innovation Partnership between Southern Cross University and the NSW Government. Other projects to be rolled out as part of Live Ideas include an Impact Forum, a professional development program for researchers and HDR students, and NSW-curriculum aligned resources for schools.

Register to attend the workshop or visit the Live Ideas website for upcoming events and latest news. 

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