The University of Newcastle, Australia

Accelerating research into practice

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Three pioneering teams from the University of Newcastle (UON) have been accepted into CSIRO’s ON Prime 4 pre-accelerator program, giving researchers an innovative pathway to commercialising their work.

ON Prime is CSIRO’s part time pre-accelerator program which embraces a ‘get-out-of-the-building’ approach to learning, by encouraging hands-on, practical learning and business model development. All teams who participate have access to experienced Facilitators and 80+ strong ON Mentor network of business leaders, entrepreneurs who've been there and done it before.

UON has a strong history with ON Prime, sitting equal second for the total number of graduate Prime and Accelerate teams for a research institute.

The three successful UON teams are:


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