November, 2015

Why Australia Shouldn’t Be a ‘Silicon Valley’, But Rather a ‘Silicon Nation’

November 11th, 2015

The Sydney Harbour, or coined the soon-to-be “Silicon Harbour”, is anticipated by several to be the natural home for this Australia’s first digital district.  However, Sarah Pearson, Chief Executive of the CBR Innovation Network, is confident Canberra could become the hub for start-ups in Australia. Pearson, who recently returned from a trip to Israel led by Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, believes that Canberra’s large universities, well-educated population, the CSIRO, and government and military concentration made it the perfect […]

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2015 Discussion Paper: Innovation in Australia, Building a Prosperous Future Through Innovation

November 9th, 2015

Swanson Reed, in partnership with Wrays, have just released our 2015 discussion paper titled, Innovation in Australia Building a Prosperous Future Through Innovation. The paper is based on four innovation café workshops held by Swanson Reed and Wrays in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in July and August 2015. Key findings in the paper reveal that to become an innovation fuelled economy and sustain a prosperous future for Australia, three interrelated sub-structures, or ‘pillars’, need to be aligned; culture, commercialisation and productivity. The paper gains insight […]

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Should Australia Collaborate with Israel to Push Innovation?

November 3rd, 2015

With a population of 8.4 million people, Israel has over 3,000 start-ups and attracts more venture capital per person than any other country in the world. Made famous by the worldwide bestselling book Start-up Nation, Israel’s start-up culture is indeed among the world’s most effervescent. In fact, Israel boasts twice as many start-ups as Australia with a third of the population – hence, what could we learn from the ‘start-up nation’? Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy is currently touring Israel to […]

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Is Australia’s Approach to Collaboration What Needs Changing?

November 2nd, 2015

A little known fact is that Australians make up less than 0.3% of the world’s population but we account for over 3% of the world’s scientific research output. Certainly, as described in our previous post, Australia has contributed to several ‘world first’ innovations and has a dynamic invention ecosystem. However, the problem Australia faces is converting innovation into tangible businesses. Ultimately, Australia is at a crucial point, we have a sizable track record in invention and research, and there is $2 […]

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