Researcher to Innovator

RESEARCHER TO INNOVATOR

Discover the entrepreneurial potential of your research and the pathway to creating greater impact.

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YOUR RESEARCH CAN HAVE MASSIVE IMPACT BEYOND A TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PATH. IN THE RESEARCHER TO INNOVATOR PROGRAM, YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO GET YOUR BIG IDEAS OUT INTO THE WORLD.

Monash researchers (Masters by Research students, PhDs, PostDocs, and Monash Academic staff) are invited to take part in the six-week Researcher to Innovator Program to:

  • Understand the different commercialisation pathways
  • Learn how to evaluate the commercial opportunity in your research
  • Understand the basics of intellectual property (IP) and the types of strategies used to commercialise IP
  • Learn how to evaluate ideas with your market and your customers
  • Learn how to communicate value and impact in a commercial world
  • Understand the essentials of funding - from grants through to venture capital
  • Develop a commercialisation plan throughout the six-week program
  • Meet other researchers and experts at Monash as part of the growing innovation community

Bonus: At the end of the six weeks, you will also have the opportunity to pitch your project to a panel of investors and get valuable feedback on further developing your idea.

Applications are now closed for the first Researcher to Innovator program of 2022. Applications will be opening later in the year for the second program.


PROGRAM BENEFITS

MEET THE EXPERTS

Callum Benson - New Ventures Manager at Monash Innovation. Early employee of Cambridge University startup

Fiona Lewis - Facilitator and startup program expert

Ben Ting - Advisor on technology development strategies

Helena Fern - Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Lead at Monash University

Jordan Thurgood - New Ventures Lead at Monash Innovation. Founder of two startups

Peter Laurie - Entrepreneur in Residence at Monash Generator

Maria Harrison Smith - Senior Manager of Intellectual Property at Monash University

...plus many more

IS RESEARCHER TO INNOVATOR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This is the right fit if you...

  • Are a PhD, Post-Doc or Researcher currently at Monash University
  • Have a genuine interest in taking your idea or research down a commercial pathway
  • Have already taken some steps to exploring this, from googling how to start a company, speaking with potential partners or customers or developing prototypes of your idea (napkin sketch through to functional prototype or event a patent pending)
  • Have been struggling to find a community that supports entrepreneurial ventures in research
  • Are motivated to work on your idea, make progress and build your unique commercialisation plan during the six weeks

THE COMMITMENT

Think this is a program you can pop in and out of? Think again.

We commit to…

Delivering the most relevant content and exercises to you week in, week out to help you be in a much stronger position on your commercial pathway at the end of the six weeks. We will bring in the best people, we will make sure this is an open and inclusive forum to ask any questions and most importantly, we will be relentlessly focused on your journey as a researcher to becoming an innovator.

You commit to…

  • Turning up every week with an open mindset accepting that there’s a lot to learn about how to commercialise your research and we’re here to help.
  • Commit to your group for 45 minutes each week between the Masterclasses to share your learning, hold each other accountable and progress your idea
  • Turning up on time, every week and put your work and research aside for 90 minutes to fully focus on this.
  • Own your learning journey fully. This means using the resources available to you in the six weeks, such as one-on-one coaching, bonus workshops, pitching classes and many, many resources!
  • Most importantly, you commit to exploring the commercial pathway of your research with great intent, even if the answer at the end of the six weeks is that it’s maybe not the right path for you… knowing that you gave it your all.

Time commitment

Compulsory

  • ONE 90-minute Masterclass every Thursday from 11am - 12:30 delivered live on Zoom
  • ONE 45-minute group session (Zoom or real life - you choose!) to go through the homework and share learnings

Optional

  • One-on-one coaching with a program facilitator (up to two sessions in total)
  • Bonus workshops that deep dive into commercialisation topics
  • Pitch coaching workshop with feedback from experts
  • Pitch to investors (see note below)

Bonus Investor Pitch

Projects will be invited in the investor pitch held on Thursday 12 May from 11am to 1pm based on their desire to pitch, their progress and attendance throughout the six weeks. You must attend at least one pitch practice session, you cannot skip masterclasses, fail to make progress on your project or ignore the advice of the experts and expect a place to pitch to the investors.

KEY DATES

Applications closeApply now11:59pm, Monday 14 March
Week OneGetting into the Innovator mindset11am - 12.30pm, Thursday 24 March 
Week TwoIntellectual Property and IP strategy11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 31 March
Week ThreeCommercial insight and discovery11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 7 April
Week FourCommunicating your value11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 14 April
Week FiveDeveloping an investible proposition11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 28 April
Week SixFrom Invention to Investment11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 5 May
Bonus WeekInvestor Panel Pitch11am - 1pm, Thursday 12  May

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