Switched on

8 December 2017

Two years ago CSIRO opened its ON sci-tech accelerator to universities and publicly funded organisations. It has since graduated around 200 teams of researchers, and in December another ten projects were selected.

They include a detection system to keep prawns safe from pests, a smarter smaller wind turbine and wearable tech that can screen for gut disorders:

Selected projects:

The successful teams will take part in ON Accelerate4, a 12 week course that includes a face-to-face workshop where they can test their ideas, and design business models.

It concludes with a public 'Demo Night' in which projects are showcased to an audience that includes multinational corporations, large Australian enterprises, SMEs, government, investors and universities.

According to CSIRO's chief executive Dr Larry Marshall, ON is bridging the gap between science and business in a similar way to the US I-Corps program, which he says is probably the most successful accelerator in the world.

"The key advantage of ON is that it is backed by the national science agency, and almost every university has jumped in with us to support ON."

More information: www.oninnovation.com.au