Last week Harley Paroulakis, Wendy Pech, Claire George and Anthony Cheng had the pleasure in meeting Singaporean Astropreneurs: Transcelestial Founders, Mohammand Danesh and Rohit Jha who are developing space lasers to revolutionise communications infrastructure; Equatorial Space Industries CEO, Simon Gwozdz who is developing small rocket launchers and Aliena Founders, Dr Mark Lim and Tony Leung who are developing plasma thrusters adapted from nuclear fusion technology.

The Darwin Innovation Hub looks forward to keeping in contact with these businesses and following their progress.

The below Channel News Asia documentary, Astropreneurs: To The Stars and Beyond provides an insight into their businesses along with Gilmour Space Technologies.

Astropreneurs: To the Stars and Beyond

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University is a research-intensive public university which has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and its Graduate College.

Innovative education initiatives include signature programmes such as Renaissance Engineering Programme, CN Yang Scholars Programme, NTU-University Scholars Programme. Designed for high-achieving students, these programmes offer a multidisciplinary curriculum, guidance by top faculty, interdisciplinary and intensive research opportunities, overseas exposure, as well as dialogues with world-class scientists and industry leaders.

In partnership with Imperial College London, NTU’s medical school, is grooming a new generation of doctors to meet the healthcare needs of Singapore.

Known for research excellence and technological innovation, NTU leads the top Asian universities in normalised research citation impact (Clarivate Analytics’ InCites 2016). In the 2018 Nature Index, NTU is placed 29th among the world’s universities and first in Singapore.

NTU’s five-year strategic plan, NTU 2020, builds on strong foundations of NTU 2015 and aims to propel NTU to greater heights of research excellence. The plan focuses on five key research thrusts – Sustainable Earth, Global Asia, Secure Community, Healthy Society and Future Learning. The areas leverage NTU’s diverse strengths, particularly its longstanding expertise in engineering, business and education, and the interfaces these have with various disciplines such as in healthcare, science and the humanities. NTU’s sustainability initiatives have clinched significant competitive research funding and the university is already a global leader in this area.

NTU actively pursues partnerships with top universities and runs joint and dual PhD degree programmes with well-established universities. Some of its key partners in academia and research include Imperial College London, Technical University of Munich, and University of California, Berkeley. The university also works closely with the biggest industry players in making its research relevant to society. In the past few years alone, NTU has struck a record number of tie-ups with big players such as Alibaba, BMW Group, Rolls-Royce, Delta Electronics, ST Engineering, SMRT, SingTel and Surbana Jurong.

Satellite Research Centre (SaRC) aims to be a centre of excellence in satellite engineering research, in particular non-satellite technology and distributed space mission for remote sensing and communication applications.  The main focus is to pursue upstream academy research projects involving mainly innovative nano-satellites for distributed space system application.

Satellite Research Centre

Energy Research Institute @ NTU

Established in June 2010, the Energy Research Institute @NTU (ERI@N) distinguishes itself through excellence in basic research directed towards outcomes of high industry relevance, with focus on systems-level research for tropical megacities.

It achieves this via seven Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (IRP) and two Flagship Programmes that covers the energy value chain from generation, transmission to end use.

The IRPs address research covering the domains of renewables, low carbon generation along with energy storage and fuel cells; renewables integration, multi-energy systems and grids; sustainable buildings, future mobility solutions and maritime clean energy.

The two flagship projects, EcoCampus and Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator Singapore (REIDS) serve as strong “Living Lab” platforms to engage industry developed innovation, focusing on solutions that achieves energy efficiency and renewable energy integration into smart micro grids, respectively.

The ERI@N Accelerator Programme (EAP) takes the initiative to provide support and galvanize entrepreneurship to bring innovations from the lab to the real-world.

Energy Research Institute @NTU

James Cook University

Visit to James Cook University, Singapore

On Monday afternoon, DIH CEO Harley Paroulakis, DIH Program Director Wendy Pech and Claire George, Director, Economic and Industry Development, Northern Australia Development and Trade met with Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of Campus Singapore, Chris Rudd OBE and Associate Professor Abhishek Bhati, Campus Dean and Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at James Cook University.

The visit included an overview of activities taking place at the campus and a tour of the new aquaculture facilities.
Opening the Doors to Aquaculture Innovation

The Singapore campus of James Cook University is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, which is ranked in the top 2%* of universities in the world. James Cook University Australia established its Singapore campus in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of internationalising its activities and offers a suite of university level programs at the Singapore campus covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Accounting, Arts, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism and Hospitality.

Discovering Singapore

Last week, DIH CEO Harley Paroulakis and Program Director Wendy Pech had the privilege of visiting Singapore with Anthony Cheng, Director, NT Trade and Investment, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and Claire George, Director, Economic and Industry Development, Northern Australia Development and Trade to learn about the entrepreneurial activity in Northeast Asia, research and development being undertaken and discussing areas of collaboration with The Territory.

Thank you to Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital, Singapore Space and Technology Association, ENGIE Asia Pacific and Nanyang Technological University for welcoming us and showcasing the innovative environment in Singapore.

Discovering Singapore
Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. Enterprise Singapore works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.  They also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups.  Singapore Enterprise is the nation standards and accreditation body which continues to build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.

SEEDS Capital is the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore and supports the growth of promising Singapore-based startups.  SEEDS Capital co-invest with independent investors in innovative startups with strong intellectual content and global markets potential.

SEEDS Capital partner startups to commercialise and expand globally by leveraging the expertise and strategic networks of their co-investment partners, in areas such as technology translation, commercialisation and market expansions.

Discovering Singapore
Singapore Space and Technology Association

The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) focuses on developing Singapore’s Space and related high technology industries.  As an active member of the Space industry, we spearhead major trade and business focused initiatives targeted at advancing the space ecosystem, host global meets and organise education and outreach programs that support the discovery and exploration of space-related activities.

Discovering Singapore
ENGIE Factory

ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three key sectors of electricity, natural gas and energy services.  The Group supports changes in society that are based as much on economic growth as on, social progress and the preservation of national resources.

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources.

ENGIE Factory’s focus is to work with startups and founders to co-develop solutions that will change the way we deal with energy and transform how cities operate. Areas of focus include Green Mobility, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency and Renewal Energy.

Mother-of-two Amy Page knows all about the joy – and discomfort – of being pregnant.

So she designed an inflatable bed to allow pregnant women to lay on their stomachs, which lets them enjoy leisure activities, and reap the many health benefits for mum and baby.

The Belly Bunker’s convenient fold design and waterproof material makes it easy to store and transport without having to inflate and deflate every time.

Its support band acts like a baby hammock, taking the weight, supporting the skin and relieving the pressure off the back and spine, creating a state of weightlessness.

Amy has single-handedly taken her invention through every stage – research, design, manufacture, testing, branding, intellectual property rights, importing, warehousing and marketing.

“I imagined the Belly Bunker in my head and then went looking for it. I was shocked to find there was nothing like that for pregnant women. So I designed it.”

Belly Bunker was runner-up in last year’s inaugural Croc Pitch hosted by the Darwin Innovation Hub.

Forty innovators took part in the contest.

Amy, who is a professional photographer and graphic artist, has been given a grant under the Northern Territory (NT) Government Business Innovation Support Initiatives scheme, which will be used to refine the design, add new features and reach new markets.

She has also gained investment from the Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund.

“I am beyond words to have the support of the NT Government and Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund cheering me on and providing expert advice and connections to take things to the next level.

“Without their joint effort to give Territorians the opportunity in Croc Pitch none of this would have happened.

 “Even though you have brought a great idea to life, nobody is going to know about it unless you get it marketed, which can cost a bucket load… and for most of us there’s only so much family funds you can spare.

 “BISI has made this possible at a rate I could only dream of.

“I’ll be able to travel nationally to speak to leading health professionals and put this product front and centre at all major expos.”

pitch and due diligence workshop

Pitch & Due Diligence workshop

Another fantastic Pitch & Due Diligence workshop done and dusted at the Hub! Thank you to this incredible group of entrepreneurs for an engaging afternoon.

Mastering the art of the start-up pitch is important for more than just impressing investors; whether fundraising for your start-up, or simply meeting with advisors, partners, media, and potential hires, being able to accurately describe what your company is, does, and offers is an essential skill.

It was a pleasure to welcome so many new faces into the Hub and we are looking forward to checking back in with you next week to see if you have nailed your value proposition!

pitch and due diligence workshop

Keep an eye on our Events page for future workshops!

World IP Day breakfast

World IP Day Breakfast

This morning we celebrated World IP Day, which is recognized internationally on April 26 to understand and appreciate Intellectual Property.

Entrepreneur in Residence Dean Alle and Cozens Johansen Partner Nick Johansen discussed how to determine which type of IP protection suits you and your business best and what steps to take at the beginning of your journey.

IP Australia is a good place to start as a free resource to help steer you in the right direction.

Thank you to everyone who attended the World IP Day breakfast! We hope you gained a better understanding of intellectual property.

World IP Organisation

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP. Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

IP offices, government agencies, universities, law firms, businesses, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, schools, along with thousands of people of all ages and from all corners of the globe, get involved in World IP Day every year.

territory's top innovators

Four Territory entrepreneurs and small businesses have received support under the Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI) program to take their innovative ideas to the next stage.

Entrepreneur, Amy Page received a BISI grant for her product Belly Bunker, an inflatable bed allowing pregnant woman to lay on their tummy to experience many health and leisure benefits for mother and baby.

The BISI grant will now help Amy refine the design, add new features and reach new markets for her product.

“Even though you have brought a great idea to life, nobody is going to know about it unless you get it marketed which can cost a bucket load… and for most of us there’s only so much family funds you can spare.”

“BISI has made this possible at rate I could only dream of, I’ll be able to travel nationally to speak to leading health professionals and put this product front and center at all major expos,” she said.

Other supported BISI projects include; a small device that ventilates work clothing for workers in hot, humid and confined areas, a mobile laser mapping system using low cost light detection and ranging sensors and an interactive portal on digital devices to learn, create and share multimedia education content.

The Business Innovation Support Initiatives program is open all year round, and provides up to 60% support for eligible projects. Each voucher is up to $25,000.

For more information about the support available to get your innovative business idea off the ground go to the Innovation website

third Wednesday April

Third Wednesday April

Thank you to everyone who attended Third Wednesday in April!

There are a number of different initiatives happening in and around Darwin at the moment! It was fantastic to hear from Jo Smallacombe, Director Cities, Karen Vohland, Executive Director Communications and Engagement, Department of the Chief Minister and Professor Lawrence Neild, Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.

We also heard valuable insights from Daniel Logan and Anthony Pizanias from Mobi and Jesse Leal from City Savvy, who are both passionate about improving Darwin and contributing to Creating a Better Darwin.

acs nt

ACS NT presents EdXN

ACS NT Presents EdXN: Reprogram, Disrupt and Discover with lessons from Silicon Valley, London and Israel

Aaron Birkby, CEO of Startup Catalyst was joined by Eleanor Carey, co-founder & CEO of The Generator to discuss emerging technology and business models they have seen in startup hot-spots all over the world, including Silicon Valley, London and Israel. They also discussed how to think more like a startup, the future of work and how to make the most of emerging disruptive technology in the market.

Education Across the Nation (EdXN) is a signature part of the ACS speaker series. Held quarterly, EdXN presents experts sharing topical insights about the ICT sector today and tomorrow. EdXN is a highly valued event attracting ICT professionals from a wide range of international industries.