ACASE Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Workshop
This workshop, held on May 19th 2018, is part of the ACASE’s effort supporting the upcoming Business Plan Competitions (Chunhui Cup and Sunan Cup). Young entrepreneurs and university students gathered at RMIT’s Academic Building to get insights about entrepreneurial skills and to sharpen their business plan writing.
The workshop kicked off with ‘Thinking Business’ by Jewel Huang, Training Director at ACASE. She introduced basic business concepts using three classic models – 4P Innovation Space Model, VRIO, and Five-Force Model - and addressed two questions: where business ideas come from and how to evaluate competitive advantages.
Tim Carroll, Asian Program Director at ACASE, followed with thought-provoking cases to exemplify how to create practical business ideas. He then walked the audience through several essential aspects, from finance to marketing, that every startup must navigate in building a business plan, and the tactics protecting business ideas using intellectual property. He closed with tips on how to make a successful – informative and impressive – pitch in three minutes.
Mark Gandolfo, director of Our Brand Is., gave the audience interesting food for thought on why startups need a brand and how to optimise brand value by engaging with the stakeholders.
Rae Young, founder and owner of UI3, led the last presentation. She shared three universal truths, i.e. engaging user communities, building trust and online scan reading behaviors for web content design. She explained how a great web presence catches the audience’s attention in the first five seconds.
Jewel, Tim, Mark and Rae were then invited to a panel discussion and exchanged viewpoints with the audience on topics including crowdfunding, online branding for certain demographic groups and branding pitfalls for Chinese enterprises entering Australian market.
Overall, this workshop was a great opportunity for startups to share business inspirations.
ACASE would like to thank all participants for sharing an informative Saturday afternoon!
Reminder: Upcoming Business Plan Competition Deadlines
3 June 2018: Sunan Cup submission closes
31 July 2018: Chunhui Cup registration closes
(Authors: Jewel Huang and Kimberly Nie)
2018 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Workshop II Develop Business Plan
Jewel Huang (ACASE): Operations manager at ACASE.MBA in Innovation Management, PhD in chemistry and materials, 10+ years’ R&D experience at Commonwealth Science and Industry Organisation. Passion to deliver social and economic values from science and technology.
Tim Carroll (ACASE): Asian Programme Director for ACASE. Originally a medical scientist specialising in Blood Transfusion and venoms. An experienced specialist in international business, medtech, healthtech and entrepreneurship. Advisor and mentor to a number of startups. Avid motorcycle rider.
Mark Gandolfo (Our Brand Is): Director of Our Brand Is. Mark started his career working for major communications companies including Y&R and DDB. He co-founded Visual Purple, an internationally awarded digital company, working for leading Australian and international brands and governments. He is passionate about brands and brand spirit as part of the overall brand story.
Rae Young (UI3): Founder and owner of ui3, a company specialising in professional writing of English language web page content. The ui3 team brings a UX (User eXperience) based approach to various aspects of information design for the web. Concise, clear and useful content is always the clear goal.
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---IP Australia has released their new Guide to Protecting your IP in China.---
It is recommended by the speaker to read the guide before the event.
---Move to a larger room (Building 80, Level 02, Room 007) in the same building due to high popularity---
Austrade, ACASE, IP Australia and ACBC are proud to present a seminar presenting up to date information on IP in China with experts with current information form the market.
The China market continues to grow in importance for Australian businesses. Protecting intellectual property (IP) should be a priority for any business when entering a new market, including China. Many businesses think that IP protection is complex and difficult with many barriers including language. However, there have been significant and ongoing improvements in the ability to register and protect IP in China.
IP Australia, Austrade, The Australia China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE) and the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) have collaborated to develop a seminar on the current state of IP protection systems in China. It will cover the practical steps businesses can take to choose appropriate brands and names, protect their domain registrations, trademarks, branding and patents in the China market.
The seminar will cover topics including:
- the importance of IP in maximising trade opportunities in China
- choice of brand and company naming
- monitoring and enforcement of IP rights
- common mistakes made by new entrants to market
- establishing and registering a business in China
- IP registration and strategies including domain registration, trademarking and patents.
Keynote speaker: David Bennett
IP Counsellor, Australian Embassy Beijing
David Bennett is IP Australia’s first Intellectual Property Counsellor to China, based at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. David supports Australians to protect their IP in China by providing guidance on local IP matters, including IP registration and enforcement, and works to raise IP awareness. He also engages with the Chinese government on IP policy issues. David has worked in IP Australia’s international, domestic and trade policy sections, and first joined IP Australia as a biotechnology patent examiner. He was previously Director of Intellectual Property at a California-based biomedical start-up company.
Kurt Tiam - Special Counsel - DLA Piper Australia
Chuyang Liu - China Adviser - Austrade
The Victorian Prioritized Industrial Sector Information Session – Biomedical Technology and Pharmaceutical Research and Development was successfully held in the investment centre Victoria on 6 November 2017. This event was co-supported by the Victorian government, Trade Victoria, China Construction Bank-Melbourne branch, and Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE). It aimed to introduce the biotech industry in Victoria to the Chinese investors.
Mr Nick (Ning) Yan, the senior Business Development Manager at Victorian government, hosted the event and introduced the guest speakers.
Dr Phil Davies, Senior Trade Manager-Biotech, MedTech & Pharma at Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources at Victorian state government, introduced the biotech business in Melbourne. He emphasized that Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world. The state government also demonstrated intensive, bipartisan support for the biotechnology sector sustained over almost 20 years and welcomes the collaboration and investment from China.
The deputy general manager of China Construction Bank-Melbourne branch, Ms Xiaoyan Ma, introduced several services the bank could provide to the immigrants on investment visa.
Dr Erjiang Fu, the CEO of ACASE, delivered a speech on the current start-up innovation in Australia. He introduced the two start-up companies that were greatly supported by ACASE.
Dr. Weijie Zhou and Mr. Li Xie presented their start-up businesses in smart stethoscope and rapid STD diagnosis kit respectively. Their talks attracted much attention from the audience and stimulated heated discussions during the tea break.
Later in the afternoon, the group was invited to visit Murdoch Children’s Institute at Royal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Joanne Boag talked about the recent research progress at the institute. She later invited Prof. Richard Saffery to give a presentation on his twin studies to investigate the dual impacts of gene and environment on epigenetic expression. He also spoke highly of his collaborator in China. Other researchers from the institute later showed the cardiac tissues which were developed from pluripotent stem cells and their use in drug screening. The group was also impressed by the digital health centre where they developed multiple applications to diagnose social disorders in children for prevention and early intervention.
2017年11月6日，维州优先发展产业信息分享会-医疗技术与药物研发在维多利亚投资中心（investment centre Victoria）成功举行。本次活动由维多利亚州政府、维州贸易局、中国建设银行以及澳中科学家创业协会（ACASE）共同发起，旨在为中国投资人介绍维多利亚州顶尖的生物科技产业。
下午，全体与会人员前往皇家墨尔本儿童医院参观了默多克儿童研究所。Joanne Boag博士介绍了研究所的最新研究进展，Richard Saffery教授汇报了他的双生子研究课题以及与中国的合作。研究所工作人员随后给大家展示了由干细胞培养出来的心脏细胞以及它的药物筛查应用。用于早期筛查儿童社交障碍的电子健康系统也让大家耳目一新。
ACASE invites you to an exciting event in the evening of the 2nd November. Three speakers will share their success stories on how they tapped into the China market by utilizing millions of dollars investment from China.
At the event, we also will announce the nine finalists of 2017 Chunnhui Cup Startup Competition. All the finalists will receive a return airfare to China plus a well-organized 10-days roadshow trip to 4-5 cities in December. They may receive millions of dollars investment from China. ACASE and its partner CAPS (Chinese Association of Professionals and Scholars, Australia) provide mentoring and training program to get all the finalists prepared before the trip.
Time: 5:30 – 8:30, Thursday, 2nd November
Venue: Room 15, Level 3, Building 80, RMIT City Campus, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Food will be provided.
Event registration: https://acase_20171102.eventbrite.com.au
1. Mr. Joe McGuire – Airwallex Sales and Partnerships Executive
In May, three VC giants – the Sequoia Capital, Tencent, and MasterCard – jointly invested 13 million US dollars to Airwallex, a new Australian financial venture founded in 2015. The whole Australian startup hub was startled by the breaking news because it is extremely difficult to obtain such an enormous figure by a startup company established less than 2 years. The Chinese internet giant Tencent is one of the investors. In this event, Mr. Joe McGuire will share his experience on how he succeeded in the negotiation with the three VC giants.
2. Mr. Pawan Lalwani - Language Your Way, Founder, CEO
Language Your Way (LYW) is an online English education platform providing services for Chinese primary and secondary school students. LYW developed an interactive English learning approach by combining games with tutorial contents. LYW has the distinction of being the first Education Technology company to participate in the Australian Federal Governments Landing Pad program which is a 90days stint in Shanghai supported by AusTrade.
LYW is based in Melbourne but focuses on developing the English education for Chinese students. It attracted a considerable amount of investment from Chinese investors in August this year. In this event, Mr. Pawan Lalwani, the founder of LYW, will share his experiences on how to open up the Chinese market and how to deal with Chinese investors.
3. Dr. Yufei Wang – Suprag Energy, Founder, CEO
SupraG Energy was established in 2015, and its goal is to commercialize graphene technologies developed in Monash University for energy storage applications. With successfully raising fund of 3 million from a Chinese investor and patents licencing from Monash University, SupraG Energy is now devoted to advanced manufacturing and testing of energy storage devices in Australia. SupraG Energy aims at developing an innovative business model to deliver disruptive energy storage solutions by capitalizing on the various international resources. In this event, Dr Yufei Wang, the founder of SupraG Energy, will share his experience on how to communication with the investors.
The Jiangsu-Victoria Innovation Center (JVIC) Melbourne incubator has opened on 31st August 2017 at 51 Queen Street Melbourne CBD. The incubator will provide Australian start-ups with tailored incubation programs targeting the Asian markets and access to $80 million venture capital fund.
The incubator is one of the key outcomes of a MoU signed in March 2017 between Suzhou High-Tech Venture Capital Group, the City of Melbourne, ACASE, RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. The key aims of the partnership are to strengthen collaborations in innovation and start-ups between the two countries, and assist Australian world-class research and technologies get developed in startup businesses to tap into the world's second largest and fastest-growing market.
JVIC also has a Suzhou-based accelerator, which opened in July for Australian start-ups ready to setup an arm in China.
The centre was publicised in a news article in The Australian: $80m China cash boosts start-ups [link], an announcement at the City of Melbourne website [link], and a interview article [link].
For more info about the incubator please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On 11th and 12th of July, a group of 15 startups/projects and 26 guests from Melbourne gathered at Suzhou High-Tech District. Eleven startups were finalists of the Sunan Cup Startup Competition and four startups were invited for a business matching session.
After a day of competition on 12th, six of them were awarded prizes (listed in the first table). The other teams including the four business matching teams presented well and demonstrated high quality and market potentials based on the feedback from the organizer and judges. We have heard that some further business engagement and discussions with some projects have occurred. Good news is expected in the following weeks/months for our Melbourne startups.
A forum focusing on technology commercialization was successful held on the 11th. Speakers from Jiangsu, Suzhou, USA and Melbourne delivered informative presentations and discussions. Prof Laura Parry, Associate Dean of Faculty of Science from the University of Melbourne, presented at the forum on behalf of the Melbourne delegation.
After Suzhou, most of the delegates went to Shanghai and visited the Austrade Shanghai Landing Pad. The staff and startups at the Landing Pad provided valuable insight and information about the China Market to the Melbourne startups.
Dr Frank Fu and several ACASE advisors went to Beijing and had three constructive meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. The relationships and calibrations in innovation and startups between Melbourne and Suzhou were highly recognized.
Sunan Cup Startup Competition Australian Division Results
One first prize: $30,000 ($20,000Cash + $10,000Voucher)
Two second prizes: $15,000 ($10,000Cash +$5,000 Voucher) each
Finalists awards: $5,000 voucher each
John Li (University of Melbourne)
Rapid STD test strip-Biochemistry/Medical
Dr ShingYue Sheung (University of Melbourne)
NAVI Medical Technologies
Bin Su (Monash University)
Power-free thermostat clothing-Textile Manufacturing
WeiJie Zhou (University of Melbourne)
Smart electronic stethoscope-Mobile wearable medical equipment
ShenJun Zhong (Monash University)
Third Party Service Brain MRI Imaging and Analysis
Sarah Anna Fink (University of Melbourne)
The Swade Nasogastric Tube System-Medical Technology
ACASE Pitch to China Market workshop is designed for those are going to pitch to Chinese investors and market partners, especially for the year the Sunan Cup Finalists and Chunhui Cup participants.
Two experienced venture capitalists who are closely linked with China are coming to Melbourne from Sydney to share with you about their experiences in innovation, startups and investment in China. Key differences between the two countries in these areas will be discussed with you.
It is expected that you could learn good tips and insights so you can re-arrange your business presentations (including business plan, pitch deck, marketing materials) to your target audience. You know how that important is right! Come to join us on this Saturday afternoon workshop.
After the guest speeches, the participants will be divided into groups to have further discussion with the speakers and ACASE's mentors. We encourage you to share your projects during the activities.
On behalf of the Sunan Cup Startup Competition organizer and the ACASE team, I would like to cordially invite you to our event to announce the finalists for the Sunan Cup before they head over to Suzhou China for the competition final on 12th of July.
Come along to this event to mingle with your peers and other key stakeholders in the Melbourne start-up ecosystem. Also as part of the line-up of activities, our event will be graced by the presence of the Hon. Philip Dalidakis the Victoria State Minister for Small Business, Trade and Innovation, Mr Robert Doyle the Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Mr Guobin Huang the Acting Consul General of China in Melbourne.
Venue： Level 46, Investment Centre, 55 Collins Street
Time： 9:30 – 11:30am, 28th of June
For those not familiar with Suzhou Cup, please refer to the event website: www.acase.org.au/sunan
Thank you for your time. I Look forward to welcoming you next Wednesday.
Welcome to Hardware Massive - Melbourne !
Our Melbourne chapter will meet every quarter to network and learn from expert speakers. We meet offline at events to build our local community, and use the Hardware Massive platform online to connect and share resources with other global communities.
We welcome all hardware entrepreneurs, students, professors, startups, and professionals to network and learn from each other. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Come and learn from Subject Matter Experts from different industries that demand extremely high quality and reliability from a cross-disciplinary team. We will cover real-world case studies of major stages in the hardware development lifecycle: R&D (Research and Development), Plan, Design, Fabricate, Assemble, and Test.
Speakers for our inaugural event on Saturday 27th of May
"Designing and developing complex hardware for next generation air transport using autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.”
Founder and CEO
"Lessons from developing and manufacturing military-grade power management products and passing the harsh environmental tests in conditions from deserts to high mountains."
Founder and Managing Director
Time：Saturday, 27th May
Venue: Dream Factory, 90 Mariburnong St, Footscray, VIC
在紧锣密鼓的筹备和规划下，2017年“春晖杯" 墨尔本赛区第一次培训---“模型机制作不再是梦想"于今日开始正式报名啦！很多初期创业者在完成产品定型前都会有产品模型样品的制作需求，在制作模型样品的时候会遇到各种问题。5月27日（星期六），我们将会带大家参观墨尔本的模型机制作工厂Dream Factory，通过Hardware Massive平台上真实案例为大家介绍下硬件发展周期中几个主要阶段，包括研发，计划，设计，制造，组装和测试。希望通过这次活动，大家在制作模型机遇到问题时能有所启发。