University research turns into real-world applications

Thursday, 19 April 2012  Features

In a first for Australia, the University of New South Wales offers the majority of its intellectual property to companies for free, in a radical step to turn more university research into real-world applications.

UNSW is part of a handful of universities worldwide including Kings College London, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Glasgow that are utilising the Easy Access approach to spark greater collaboration between universities and industry.

The pioneer of Easy Access, Dr Kevin Cullen, will be speaking at a unique networking event on the Global Innovation movement and how universities are positioning themselves to work more closely with start-up companies and entrepreneurs.

The event, hosted by NewSouth Innovations, UNSW's Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and UNSW Entrepreneurship Society, aims to foster a network of business innovators and entrepreneurs in Sydney.

Dr Cullen says, "It's brilliant to see such an active entrepreneur and start-up community emerging in Sydney. Our goal, at the UNSW, is to make it easier for early stage companies and entrepreneurs to access our technologies and researchers. In fact, we have even made some technologies available for free."

The event's theme, 'Gather, Innovate & Grow' (GIG), reflects UNSW's desire to build a lasting network that will generate exciting future ventures.

Dr Jana Mathews, a mentor for the ANZ Innovyz START program will also be speaking on the night.

The event will take place at Blue Chilli, 50 York Street Sydney, Thursday 19 April from 6 - 9pm.