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Nancy Schellhorn: If you have the opportunity to participate in ON, do it.  Jump in with both feet.

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Lloyd Niccol: If you love a challenge this is the perfect programme to get in.

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Leonore Ryan: It’s an amazing experience.  It is really tailored towards taking scientific discoveries and understanding how you can make them real life solutions.

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Martin Duursma: In Australia we have a gap and the gap is really between Research and Commercialisation. 

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The ON Programme is a very important step taking research teams and showing them how to commercialise their great ideas, their great I.P.

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Andrew Lamble: It gives them an opportunity to see the other side of research, that it has to be commercialised. 

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Andrew Bean: It’s about taking invention and getting it out there. 

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Lloyd Niccol: You’re exploring how you can build your own company and just go massive and it’s really nice just being able to think big and think how you can change the world.

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Rohan McDougall.  The programme has really provided a structured format for thinking about the idea from a business perspective, how can you monetise technology? 

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Who are the customers?  These are the things that you go through in a very measured and structured way to really build a cohesive business opportunity.

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Michael Withford: I was originally cynical about the ON Programme because we were already selling products and so we thought we knew what it took to actually take our company forward. 

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I was arrogant.  I did not know everything there was to know and this programme’s been great for me.

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It’s supplied me with the tools I need to take our business venture forward.

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Nancy Schellhorn: I think the highlight for me is the way in which we engage with customers now. 

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Before ON we would talk to them about how we thought our science could help solve their problems.  Now we spend most of our time learning about their pain points. 

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Leonore Ryan: That discipline of going out and talking to your potential customers and understanding their needs has completely changed who we’re targeting and how we actually approach them.

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Rohan McDougall: It also gave us the chance to talk to potential investors and get this to them at an affordable price but also at a price that we can make money.

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Lloyd Nicoll: The best part of ON was really having access to great mentors and really good coaches. 

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Kate Cavanagh: It is super exciting to get other people’s perspective on your business

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and how you can make it grow.

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Andrew Lamble: My biggest highlight from the ON programme is seeing people learn from their mistakes, watching people pick themselves up and pivot to another place and drive to another agenda has been really exciting.

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Martin Duursma: As a mentor we want to work with the next Google of the world right and hopefully one of these teams that we’re mentoring can make it big and we’d be part of that.  So it’s pretty energising.

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Michael Withford
Michael Withford
Macquarie University. ON Accelerate graduate.

ʻʻI have been in senior positions for many years, and it has been my job to motivate and energise other people. This is the first time in two decades someone has energised me.ʼʼ

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