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  • Venture Cafe Sydney 58 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park (map)


Hear from investors, researchers and founders!

Australia can benefit much more than it does currently from the world-leading research in our universities. It ranks near the top of the OECD for research excellence but is less effective at collaboration between industry and researchers to drive the economic benefits of research.

Join Stuart Anderson, Co-Founder at Venture Studio Group leading a discussion on spinning-off-and-out of research alongside:

  • Karl Rodrigues - the Executive Director for International and National Engagement for the Australian Space Agency. Karl was formerly on the investment committee for Main Sequence Ventures and was Intel Capital’s Strategic Investment Manager.

  • Karl Lijun Qin. Karl is an experienced executive - including two years as CEO of Haier Australia - and entrepreneur researcher, and mentor most recently with CSIRO ON Program and Macquarie University. Karl brings deep knowledge of commercial issues related to China.

  • Zara (Whitwell) Crichton is the Executive Director at Venture Café Sydney.
    Focusing on the development of human capital as the key driver of a successful economy, Zara collaborates with world-class businesses and institutions to improve open collaboration and broaden participation in the innovation ecosystem. Her professional experience encompasses leading companies such as; Connect Macquarie Park, Macquarie Bank, Consolidated Press Holdings, Warner Bros and Pixar.

Earlier Event: September 19
Workshop: How To ASX!
Later Event: September 19
Workshop: Ask an Angel