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AIPO visits university startup incubators in Australia

Australia is known for its thriving startup ecosystem and innovative spirit, and university incubators play a critical role in nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. On January 20 and 27, 2023, Mr Steve Chaves, Head of the Ideation Support Group of the Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO), had the opportunity to explore two of Australia’s top university incubators: La Trobe University and University of Sydney’s Knowledge Hub, respectively.

La Trobe University: Fostering Entrepreneurship in Regional Victoria

Located in the regional city of Bendigo, the La Trobe University (LTU) Incubator is working to foster entrepreneurship in regional Victoria. Mr Chaves was able to visit their city campus in Melbourne City where he met with Cerasela Tanasecu, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. LTU provides a range of resources and support to help startups succeed, including access to mentorship, funding, and a network of like-minded entrepreneurs. During the visit, Mr Chaves learned about range of startups that were part of the incubator, from companies working on innovative solutions to reduce waste in the agriculture industry to others focused on improving healthcare outcomes.

Photo: Steve Chaves of AIPO with Director Cerasela Tanasecu of La Trobe University

University of Sydney Knowledge Hub: Nurturing the Next Generation of Innovators

The University of Sydney’s Knoweldge Hub is one of the largest and most established university incubators in Australia. It provides a range of services to help startups succeed, including mentorship, access to capital, and a network of like-minded entrepreneurs. Mr Chaves met with Knowledge Hub Director, Rupal Ismin, and got to know about the work that their hub does to bridge the gap of research and enterprise. Mr Chaves saw the diversity of startups that were part of the incubator, with companies developing solutions in a range of sectors, including biodegradable packaging, artificial intelligence, and sustainable energy.

Photo: Steve Chaves of AIPO with Director Rupal Ismin of University of Sydney - Knowledge Hub

Expanding networks

At the time of writing, AIPO has separately touched base with 2 other offices: Macquarie University Incubator (through Melissa Ryan, Director of Incubation and Entrepreneurship), and La Trobe Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI), (through its Director, Professor Ani Dessai), wherein talks for possible collaborations were explored.

Photo: AIPO virtual meeting with Macquarie University Incubator

The visit helped validate that incubators indeed play a vital role for universities to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs in a country. Whether you're a student, researcher, or entrepreneur, visiting a university incubator is a must for anyone interested in building and maintaining a thriving startup ecosystem. AIPO hopes that these visits and talks with different hubs abroad will contribute to its own improvement of services and programs offered to the Ateneo community and beyond.

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