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About the ON Program

The ON program is delivered as part of a broad suite of innovation initiatives. The directive of our innovation program remains the same as when the ON program was first formed  to fast-track technology and ideas into the market and to get it into people's hands more quickly.

Originally developed as part of CSIRO's Innovation Catalyst in 2015, the ON program has delivered industry-leading innovation training and support to thousands of people from Australian universities and research institutes.

Our program of events and experiences delivered throughout this time (including ON Accelerate and ON Prime) has been successful in driving impact and creating cultural change.

Our programs continue to support researchers and deep tech businesses create impact with their work.

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Important statistics


Participants upskilled through ON programs


Jobs supported by new companies formed by ON alumni

$320+ million

Commercialisation grants attracted by ON alumni

$358+ million

Investment capital raised by new companies

Australia’s cohort of deep-tech founders

We are here to support the scientific and research sector as Australia's national science agency and innovation catalyst.

We are very proud to have supported over 4800 people through our ON programs since 2015 and we are looking forward to working with our facilitators, coaches and experts to increase this figure over the next few years.

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I'm Louise Brown.

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I'm the CEO and one of four
founders of HydGene Renewables.

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And I went through the
2020 ON Accelerate Program

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ON has impacted my research and professional journey
in a massive way.

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I was an academic at Macquarie University
for quite some time.

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I am now full time in HydGene Renewables
having spun out

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and taken the core team of researchers with us.

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You could start to see that
what we were doing could change the world

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if we could commercialise it, scale it up

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and get the right investment

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The best parts of on are the people.

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It's that network of experts in one place

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that are not just there for the Accelerate program,

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but they're there long term
and they're still there for us today.

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It's the experts on IP and how to translate that.

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It's the experts on PR
and marketing, commerce, finance, governance.

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That's what this program brings
and that was the best part of it.

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The ON program is a first of its kind.

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It is the flagship program in deep tech in Australia.

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It doesn't ask for anything in return.

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It just gives.

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And I wish it was around, you know, 20 years ago
when I started my academic career,

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because I always wondered, how do you talk to industry?

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There was a gap,

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Just lean in and give it a go.

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the ON program gives you that opportunity

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to see if it is the right fit for what you want.

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It is just that environment where you can

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thrive and learn and grow and do amazing things.
ON Track – a video series exploring the diverse pathways to successful research translation, featuring an ON Alumni who have taken their work from research through to company creation and beyond. In Ep 1, we speak with Louise Brown, co-founder and CEO of HydGene Renewables.

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