The future is ON

There’s no denying we’re an ideas rich nation. Each year Australia’s publically funded research sector spends $9 billion on research and development.

Where we can improve however, is in converting those ideas into innovative solutions that meet customer or market needs. There is a call for greater collaboration between research and industry and greater support systems to allow ideas to grow, to provide the environment for Australia’s innovation future to prosper.

That’s where the ON innovation program comes in. Launched in July 2015, and powered by CSIRO, ON is an innovation and entrepreneurship initiative that is about fast-tracking Australia’s deep science and technology, and is driven by generating real positive outcomes for Australia’s future.

What makes ON unique?

  • We’re about sci-tech innovation. ON is focused on fast-tracking the ‘deeper’ kinds of science and technology that will make a difference to Australia’s future, and because we’re backed by Australia’s largest scientific organisation, we understand what’s needed to help those ideas flourish. Already our previous cohort teams are making a real impact. 
  • We’re national. We’ll be hosting accelerators and events across the country so we can start building a national ecosystem of innovation.
  • We’re industry-orientated. ON is about opening up the dialogue between researchers and industry to enable true customer and market focused innovation solutions. Subscribe to our future newsletters to keep up to date with upcoming industry-orientated ON Connect events.
  • Success doesn’t always equal spin-outs. For us, innovation does not always mean a commercial venture. ON is about providing the platform for the innovation ideas that will disrupt our industries and shape our nation’s future to flourish, and success could come in many forms.

How can you get involved?

We’re building a nation of entrepreneurial-minded, sci-tech innovators and we want you to join us. We are running two open and collaborative accelerator programs, ON Prime and ON Accelerate, and applications for the first program will open on August 1st.

Keep an eye on our website and social channels for more information when applications open, and ensure you’re signed up to our newsletter. Eligibility is open to teams from across Australia’s publicly funded research sector.

Bring it ON!

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