Startup Stories - Paul Dastoor

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 01:00 am — Thursday, 9 November 2017, 02:00 am


Location Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle
Contact three76@newcastle.edu.au

Paul Dastoor

Addressing global issues as diverse as the energy crisis, diabetes and mining safety, Professor Paul Dastoor and his team are at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. Designing revolutionary devices such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests, Dastoor's innovations are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.

Using startup methodologies such as a problem/solution focus, customer validation and lean product development, Dastoor has seen several of his innovations commercialised. Rather than spinning out he has chosen to remain in the university research environment and license his discoveries to third parties – including venture capitalists – in order to see his products to market. It’s a formula that has worked well for him and has seen a further funding stream in contract research develop.

But that’s not all – the Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics has been busy over the last decade nurturing the innovators of the future with its annual Winter School which gives undergraduate and potential PhD students a taste of the Centre’s cutting-edge research including solvathon exercises such as creating solutions to energy and sensor problems during a think tank session.

We are delighted to be hosting this world leading researcher at Three76 Hub – come along and hear how he has achieved commercialisation success.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region.

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding.