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Connecting Startup Innovation to Industry

  • CORE Innovation Hub 191 St Georges Tce Perth Australia (map)

This breakfast event will present international perspectives on building innovation networks, and offer new ways for policy makers and strategists to encourage open innovation, technology transfer and ecosystem development.

Startups face multiple challenges in bringing technological innovations to market, particularly when engaging with large scale industrial customers. Looking across the world’s ecosystems, we see a proliferation of attempts to support, connect and incentivise innovation to varying degrees of success. This seminar showcases emerging approaches to open innovation, startup incubation & acceleration, technology transfer and local clustering initiatives. Based on recent empirical evidence from international cases, we identify the underlying processes which overcome structural and cultural disconnects, de-risk startups and improve innovation diffusion. This discussion aims to offer new ways for policy makers and strategists to interpret open innovation and stimulate conversation around effective ecosystem development.

Tickets are $25 and include breakfast.


Chiara Cantu

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Chiara Cantù is an Associate Professor of Cattolica University, Milan, teaching marketing in the Centrimark (Marketing Research Centre) since 2000. Her main areas of interest are Entrepreneurial Business Networks, Multi-stakeholder perspectives of open Innovation, Start ups and Innovation Hubs. She has recent empirical evidence from ComoNExT Innovation Hub, H-Farm Venture Incubator, Kilometro Rosso and the Innovation District. Her work has been published in multiple international and Italian journals, as well as three books. She obtained a PhD in Business Marketing, with research into the sectoral convergence of the medicine and technology markets.

Daniel Schepis

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Daniel Schepis is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at The University of Western Australia Business School. He specialises in business-to-business marketing and strategic management, with research focusing on innovation networks, corporate social responsibility and director interlocks. More recently he has been engaged in an international study of innovation in the resources and energy sector, conducting fieldwork in Australia, Chile, U.S.A, Canada and Italy. This research hopes to identify mechanisms through which innovation hubs can effectively partner internationally, to leverage their local impact and support startup internationalisation. He has published multiple peer reviewed articles and presented at numerous international conferences.

This event is made possible through the support of the University of Western Australia and is part of West Tech Fest, WA's annual celebration of the APAC startup ecosystem.

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