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。
ACASE held its first event of 2017 at Town Hall last Saturday. The event was sponsored by the city of Melbourne and supported by the Education Office, Consulate General of the P.R. China in Melbourne.
Saturday, 3rd September, in the cooperation with the Speak Better English, the Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE) hosted a seminar about how to convey a business idea efficiently and impressively. The whole seminar was held in RMIT City Campus and there were over 50 attendees, including young entrepreneurs, students from different universities, scholars and so forth. As most of them are in a preparation for the pitch night coming next month, on 20th October, the theme of this seminar is to provide some tips and suggestions to attendees when they try to attract investors in their second language-----English.
The opening of the seminar was delivered by Dr Erjiang Fu, Founder and CEO of ACASE, and he welcome all the guests and introduced ACASE and the Speak Better English, also, followed by an interesting story of his daily life about the importance of communication. Then, Marianne Sherry, Director of Speak Better English, introduced about this cooperation and what this seminar can do to help attendees draw investors’ attentions
The major section of seminar was given by another tutor from Speak Better English, named Sally Landers. Through her 10 years working experience in Business, she said that when people introduce their product, many of them are more likely to concentrate on introducing the advantages of their products, rather than focusing on the needs from their audiences. In order to impress the investors, people should better have capability to paint the pictures that can appeal in investors’ minds, and can also persuade them through projects’ social or economic benefits. In addition to that, individuals should have open mind to their competitors and have sophisticated explain to “why you not your competitors.”
On the language aspect, the core ideas of presentation are “complexity is everyone’s enemy” and “less is more”, which means the way that they convey their idea should equip with three characters: Simple, concise and clear; On top of this, using personalized words , power words, verbs, concrete nouns and conjunctions would also contribute to a successful communication. Sally Landers also gave some advice and example about checking words, stress, tone, pause and pace when communicating and how individuals should interact with the investors, including proving the need, showing the value, dealing with objection and asking for commitment. The whole section was filled with practices and attendees were guided by the tutors from Speak Better English.
The seminar ended with a thanks speech by Dr Erjiang Fu and was followed by the networking session which led by tutor Deborah Williams and Elizabeth Dartnell .We hope this seminar will not only be very helpful to participants who will join the pitch night next month, but also be practical in their daily communicating activities.
By ZhiCong Chen
9月3 日，澳中科学家创业协会(ACASE)邀请了Speak Better English的专业导师Sally Landers为大家讲述如何与非专业听众有效沟通并成功“投售”商业计划。Sally曾在伦敦有着十余年的市场营销经验，并在随后二十年中，在英国、澳大利亚及中国的商务英语教学领域辛勤耕耘，总结出一套自己的商业沟通经验。此外，澳中科学家创业协会CEO 富尔江博士，Speak Better English总监Marianne Sherry，专业导师Deborah Williams， Elizabeth Dartnell均来到现场，与创业者们一起研讨交流。
今日来参与研讨会的人们中，有参加10月20日高校创业大赛的同学、也有参加“春晖杯”创业比赛的朋友们，以及有创业想法，对创业怀抱热忱的人士。在活动最后，现场的创业者们与Speak Better English的导师们、以及澳中科学家创业协会的导师们进行了更深入地交流，现场的朋友们也热情地与创业同僚们交流创业项目，互相探讨学习。更为可喜的是，澳中科学家创业协会也已确认Speak Better English将成为创业者未来“一对一辅导”的商务沟通教练，这意味中各位创业者们将有更多地机会向专业导师学习改进，以期在日后成功投售出自己的创业项目。
Last Saturday, on 18th June, the Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE) hosted its first forum on Intellectual property (IP) and commercialisation. As a leading non-profit organisation in bridging science and business, ACASE offers entrepreneurial events all year round. The IP Forum was organised to provide a good discussion surrounding IP, which are often viewed as key results of innovation and creative processes. The event was held at RMIT City Campus and attracted over 50 attendees consisted of young entrepreneurs and scholars, representing a dynamic "university-based" entrepreneurial community in Melbourne.
The Founder and President of ACASE, Dr Celina Yu, opened the forum by welcoming the guests and introducing ACASE and the IP forum. The other Founder and CEO of ACASE, Dr Erjiang Fu, followed with an interesting story about how ACASE was formed and an introduction of Chunhui Cup which is ACASE’s flagship event this year.
Prof. On Kit Tam, Vice President of Australia China Business Council, commenced the panel discussion as the Panel Chair. The panel discussion featured a 15-minute speech from each panel guest. Mr. Jason Sun, Manager of Strategic International Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Tsai, Patent and Trademarks Attorney, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Mr. Tom Williams, successful Entrepreneur, Professor Gu Min, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), RMIT, and Prof. Kefei Zhang, Director of SPACE Research Center, RMIT, joined the great discussion on IP policy, practice and commercialisation.
The panel talks covered various topics including: the key role of public fund bodies for transformative innovation, the Australian context for innovation and commercialisation, opportunities in international collaboration between Australia and China, intellectual property considerations in commercialisation, industry perspectives to look at patent, changing landscape in commercialisation and research eco-system, provisional patent and panellists’ personal experience, set to empower attendees with a holistic understanding of IP and perspectives of different parties.
At the heart of the discussion were the importance of considering intellectual property early in business and commercialisation. Mr Tom Williams, the representative of entrepreneurs, commented on the right time to consider patent application using an old Chinese saying: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is Now.”
In the following Q & A session, attendees actively raised hands for questions, such as how IP ownerships are allocated, how to decide whether to patent your work and etc. The panellists took turns to address each query and concluded that the issue of the patent was complex and it was recommended to consult experts from professionals or relevant university departments. ACASE, with support of universities, governments and associations, aims to provide researchers with easy access to a range of quality professional services such as patent consulting.
The forum ended with a Closing Vote of thanks by Professor Weide Lin, the Founder and Medical Director of First Health Medical Centre, who sponsored the forum. The forum was followed by the afternoon tea and networking session.
The forum is part of the efforts in making ACASE a platform for young scientists and professionals to meet and discuss collaboration for starting entrepreneurial projects. With the launch of the Chunhui Cup Melbourne Regional Competiton this year, ACASE is excited about motivating more scientists entering the world of entrepreneurship through this pathway, which continues to address the vision of ACASE - to encourage and inspire members to combine creativity with entrepreneurship with a view of harmonising business, innovation and technology.
为了方便大家参与，ACASE创业咖啡将每月在墨尔本三个不同地点举行。6月份，我们将分别在墨尔本大学、墨尔本CBD和Monash Clayton 恭候您的光临。
Time: 12:00 －13:00 pm, 7th June, 2016
Venue: Lot 6 Café, the University of Melbourne (Gate 6, Swanston St, Parkville, 3052, VIC)
Time：5:00 － 6:30 pm, 15th June, 2016
Venue：Melbourne CBD Xiang Club (Level 3, 206 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000)
Time：12:00 －13:00 pm, 23th June, 2016
Venue：CSIRO, Clayton, East Reception, South Ground Meeting Room
ACASE Coffee Club
ACASE coffee club is a networking group where group members meet once a month to discuss new business ideas, start-ups and how to run successful ventures. It also provides you with fantastic opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs, exchange your ideas and better your plans. Come join us to have a cup of coffee in a boutique café, bounce your ideas around and listen to our guest speakers sharing their stories and experience.
相信您一定听说过“春晖杯”中国留学人员创新创业大赛这个由中国教育部和科技部联合举办的国内最高规格创业平台，历年活动都得到各地人才机构、创业园区、和投资公司的广泛关注。今年，澳中科学家创业协会（ACASE）将承办2016年“春晖杯”全球四个分赛区之一 - 墨尔本赛区的项目征集和培训辅导活动。为更好地服务会员，助力创新创业，ACASE将春晖杯组织一系列活动，包括启动仪式、创新创业论坛、知识产权讲座、商业计划辅导等（官方网页）。
5月28日，我们将在RMIT City Campus举办首场活动 - 春晖杯墨尔本启动仪式和经验交流会。届时，青年创业者何帅博士将与您分享他的“无人机”创业故事；还有往届大赛胜出选手和英滇博士生与秦承雪博士为您详细解读大赛流程与撰写创业计划书的要点。
不论你是正欲实现创业梦想，还是正在从事科研工作，抑或筹划拓展职业生涯，我们都诚邀你来一同交流。其实，即便你根本没有“创业”的想法，我们反而认为参加这次活动很可能带来意向不到的收获与启发，或许是一次事业方向的拐点 – 给自己一个机会!
Date：Saturday, 28th May 2016
1:15 pm Registration 注册
1:30 pm Lunch provided 午餐提供
2:00-4:30 pm Main program 春晖杯介绍，ACASE介绍，创业故事，赛事流程注意事项，项目书要求，和嘉宾讲话
4:30-5:00 pm Networking 自由交流
Venue：RMIT City Campus, Building 80, Room 315