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Accelerators supercharging start-ups

Tony Peacock recently attended the launch of the APEC Accelerator Network in Taichung, Taiwan. He reports here on how Business Accelerators are helping tech start-ups speed up business development.

It has never been easier to start a company. Accelerators are a pressure cooker environment to rapidly develop an early stage start-up business. Through shared work space, peer support and intense coaching, young companies can get themselves into shape for investment – or they might decide as a result of the acceleration process to fail early and move on.

Accelerators are popping up around the world, many of them concentrating on digital companies, hoping to discover or nurture the next Google or Facebook. Usually a group of companies – or ideas for companies – will go through a two- to six-month intensive program of business development to test whether their product and business model has wings. They might share lab or work space and even sometimes live in dormitories and pull overnight “hackathon” sessions, and the like, to break through to new levels of development......

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The Hon. Bob Hawke AC
The Hon. Bob Hawke AC was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, the Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991 and the longest-serving Labor Prime Minister with eight years in office.

Amongst its many reforms, the Hawke Government changed the landscape for industry innovation, including establishing the Rural R&D Corporations, the CRC Program and appointing Australia’s first Chief Scientist: Professor Ralph Slatyer AC.

Mr Hawke will deliver the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society.

Professor Thomas Allen
Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Emeritus Professor of Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
Tom developed the "Allen Curve" in the 1970s, which indicates that communications between people dramatically drops off at 50 metres. He has redone it recently and it actually hasn't changed that much, despite the internet.

The implications of his work are that we need to take very active steps if we expect people to collaborate on work - it will not just naturally happen. Putting people on the same campus is not enough - you have to create opportunities for them to see each other and bump into each other (coffee shops; seminars). If people see each other regularly, they will contact each other more often on work issues.

Peggy Liu
Chairperson for JUCCCE
Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, leads a coalition in accelerating the greening of China and in fostering international collaboration with China. JUCCCE creates systemic change in sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid, and is most noted for its multi-sector convening power.

She is an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer and HP, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption, a WEF Young Global Leader.

Thomas Barlow
CEO of Thomas Barlow Advisory Services and author of Between the Eagle and the Dragon: Who is Winning the Innovation Race
Will the great innovations of the 21st century be Chinese or American? Between the Eagle and the Dragon is an insightful and highly readable book comparing the innovation performance in China and the US.

Its author, Thomas Barlow, is an independent thinker with bucket-loads of political insight. His analysis here is refreshingly objective, and raises hugely important questions for anyone involved in R&D in Australia. We strongly recommend it!

Dr Jason Fox
Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy & design expert who shows forward-thinking leaders how to craft the structures that influence behaviour and shape culture.

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As part of its China Program, CRC CARE has developed a two-step underground anaerobic bioreactor – patented as pooCARE™ – for treating piggery waste. The project is being managed by HLM Asia Group Ltd (Hong Kong), and involves collaboration with scientists from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. A particular combination of anaerobic treatments is used to produce clean biogas energy and recover nutrients for use as fertiliser and other valuable products. Read more about pooCARE™ in Piggery waste a valuable resource

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CRC Information Sessions

CRC Program information sessions will be held across Australia in late March and early April 2014. Information sessions provide a general overview of the CRC program and cover a range of topics, including the application and assessment process, how to complete and submit an application for funding and what the CRC committee looks for in an application.

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Smart Services CRC launches Cruiser Interactive Company with connected surfaces software

An innovative software platform from the new spin-off company of Smart Services CRC – Cruiser Interactive Pty Ltd – that turns walls, tables, whiteboards and smart devices into touchscreen networks for group collaboration debuted recently at the Connect Expo 2014 In Melbourne.
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Experienced presenters will provide insights into the processes associated with managing a bid.The seminar series is presented in a unique format of three live presentations and three web-delivered through the Smart Services CRCs iSee system. Time and opportunity for discussion with the presenters will be maximised and representatives of AusIndustry’s CRC Program will be available for discussion at each seminar.

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8th April 2014
Future Farm Live

Future Farm Live will showcase the increased value delivered to Australian agriculture through perennial plant based farming systems research over the past 13 years.

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9th April  2014
Farm Futures
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Interchange 2014 is a two day event featuring presentations of key CRC research outcomes from leading rail industry and research professionals as well as discussion panels and interactive networking sessions.

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Australia Week in China 2014 Trade and Investment Mission
Australia Week in China (AWIC) is a government initiative which aims to promote Australia as a trade, investment, education and tourism destination with a program tailored to major industry sectors. The sector-specific networking events will raise understanding of doing business in China and enhance existing relationships with Chinese businesses.

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Innovating with Asia
The Innovating with Asia 2014 Conference provides access to Australian innovation funding sources, a dynamic education program and people who are now creating real impact through research.

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9 July 2014
Concept to Impact - Sheep CRC Final Conference
Sheep producers and industry participants should pencil 9 July 2014 into their diaries, when the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) will take them on an R&D journey from ‘Concept to Impact'.

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