Introduction from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
The Curtinnovation Awards are a celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and the remarkable potential that emerges when academia and industry join forces.
Since it began, this unique event on WA’s innovation calendar has showcased an array of novel ideas that have gone on – with your help – to transcend the confines of academia, becoming practical, impactful and commercially successful ventures.
From innovations in healthcare, to advancements in green energy, to smart technology for the agriculture and mining sectors, previous winners have been testament to the many and diverse ways Curtin is making a difference. Last year’s overall winner was a breakthrough in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease – a truly impactful research outcome that made headlines globally.
I’m sure you’ll agree, this year’s finalists are once again shining examples of innovation with the potential to change the way we live, learn, work and travel.
Since we established Curtin’s Commercialisation team 17 years ago, we’ve continually grown our capabilities and offerings in this area. Today, the team not only supports research translation and investment, it also delivers multiple programs to mentor and foster WA’s aspiring entrepreneurs, including Ignition, Accelerate, and West Tech Fest.
In 2022, the team moved its operations to the new Curtin Exchange precinct, a dynamic space perfectly suited to bringing researchers, students, investors and industry partners together. Please engage with our Commercialisation team if you want to learn more about what they can offer your business beyond today’s event.
I thank all those who submitted applications to the 2023 Curtinnovation Awards, and I congratulate our finalists on their success, which only comes from a combination of research excellence, rigour, ambition and persistence.
I encourage you to consider the potential of what you see today, and whether your organisation can partner with us, not only in spirit but in action. Your support and investment in the innovations presented here can shape the future, drive positive change, and yield substantial returns for both academia and industry.
Professor Lindy Fitzgerald
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research (Interim)
Curtin University: A Global Entrepreneurial Institute
Innovation is embedded in Curtin’s identity. The University has a strong history of transforming ideas into successful products, services and businesses.
Curtin University have refined a suite of programs to support innovators and startup companies, and continues to develop initiatives to inspire and guide Western Australia’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
Curtin’s entrepreneur development programs have supported more than 550 startup ideas, raising more than $200 million in funding and generating more than $230 million in sales revenue.
Summary of performance
The Curtinnovation Awards recognises and celebrates innovative individuals and teams. Programs such as Curtin Ignition and Curtin Accelerate build capability in entrepreneurial teams.
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence program is designed to inspire and guide the next generation of entrepreneurs whilst the Kickstart fund fills the gap in early-stage funding. And our annual West Tech Fest taking place from 4-8 December 2023 connects the local startup ecosystem with global tech titans.
A showcase of innovation: 2023 finalists
No idea is off limits. To create a positive, global impact, we need bold innovators who think outside the box. Congratulations to our 2023 Curtinnovation Awards finalists on their innovation-driven advances.
Curtin ANI Research: an automated self-service market research solution for SMEs
Decision support tool for the optimisation of drill and blast designs
Decontamination process to remove toxic elements from mining-influenced water
Democratic Climate Bonds: a novel financial instrument to facilitate climate action
Elucidate Education: a not-for-profit education platform
Green hydrogen: an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from untreated water
Hydrobe®: a scalable biological carbon capture process
MacroMop: enhanced immune cells to remove diseased tissue
Marri Gum Dye: a natural dye extract from the Western Australian Marri gum
MYLO: a novel mental health chatbot
Novel treatment for Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)
A pelletisation technology to decarbonise iron and steel making
Pine Sense: a new AI-driven model to predict pineapple quality based on skin colours
Space Domain Awareness: a deployable space domain awareness sensor system
SpeedSig: a new way to understand how athletes run
System-Wide Foundation for Improvement (SFWI): a program to build positive school cultures
Tempo: a two-sided marketplace for healthcare providers and professionals
The XIoT Tag: a livestock health and wellbeing monitoring device
A valuation method for Asian options
Curtinnovation Awards Showcase
View the six showcase booths located in the River View Rooms throughout the Curtinnovation Awards event.
A winning impact
Find out about how the Curtinnovation Awards have helped previous winners progress the commercialisation of their innovative research.
If you’re a potential investor in industry and you’re scouting for solutions, or you’re a researcher, student or alumni with a great idea for an innovative product or service, contact us today for a chat.
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