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About the ON Innovation Program

The ON Program accelerates Australia’s most promising research breakthroughs from mind to market. We empower brilliant researchers with the skills, networks and pathways to translate big ideas into real-world impact.

Through a series of events and experiences, our ON programs provide researchers with the skills and knowledge to realise the pathways to growth, beyond academia and commercialisation.

Since its development in 2015, the ON program has delivered training and support to thousands of people, creating a legacy and community of researchers, founders, industry experts, advisors, and investors that participants can lean into.

Whether you are curious about creating real-world impact or have founder ambitions, we exist for all researchers ready to take their leap to something more.

Learn more about our programs.

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 community of deep-tech founders

With ON's network of researchers, founders, industry experts and investors, we help validate and de-risk tech innovation, accelerating the translation of cutting-edge research into real-world technologies that will shape the future. 

However, every pathway to growth is different and the opportunities for impact will be unique.

Explore the stories of those who have completed the ON program and hear about the learnings they discovered on their journey.

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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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