[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image appears of Lloyd Niccol and Kate Cavanagh and text appears: Lloyd Niccol, Team Elumin8, Kate Cavanagh, Team Elumin8]

Lloyd Niccol: My name’s Lloyd Niccol.

Kate Cavanagh: And I’m Kate Cavanagh.

[Images move through of a page titled “elumin8”, Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera and Kate Cavanagh listening, the audience and a back view of Kate Cavanagh] 

Lloyd Niccol: We’re both involved with Elumin8 and Elumin8 believes in transitioning to a cleaner future; we do that by helping households reduce their energy consumption.

[Image changes to show Kate Cavanagh on the stage talking to the audience]

Kate Cavanagh: We make energy fun by giving your house a voice. 

[Images move through of Kate Cavanagh talking to the camera while Lloyd Niccol listens, a facing view and then a rear view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience]

What triggered Elumin8 to apply for the ON programme was having that CSIRO backing in a supportive environment along with other researchers and learning those additional business skills.

[Images move through of “The future is ON” brochure being held in hands, Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera while Kate Cavanagh listens, Kate Cavanagh talking to a male and Lloyd Niccol talking to a male]

Lloyd Niccol: The best part of ON was really having access to great mentors and really good coaches and then just to have a structured process to develop the business model and to make our product commercial possible. 

[Images move through of a rear view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience]

Kate Cavanagh: So in three months’ time we’ll be looking for over $500,000 in investment to run in home trials. 

[Images move through of Lloyd Niccol listening while Kate Cavanagh is talking to the camera, Kate Cavanagh on stage talking to the audience, the audience, a rear view and then a facing view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience and Lloyd Niccol listening while Kate Cavanagh is talking to the camera]

It has opened up my perspective and those new skill sets that I’ve learned along the way are really going to support me in designing new experiments and understanding how to take research from the lab to the market.

[Music plays and clapping can be heard]

[Image changes to show Kate Cavanagh leaving the stage]

[Text appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image appears of Michael Withford talking and Anna Grocholsky listening and text appears: Michael Withford, Macquarie University, Team Modular Photonics]

Michael Withford: I’m Michael from Modular Photonics. 

[Image appears of a Modular Photonic sign]

I lead the research group at Macquarie University. 

[Image shows Anna Grocholsky talking and Michael Withford listening and text appears: Anna Grocholsky, Macquarie University, Director Commercialisation, Team Modular Photonics]

This is my colleague Anna Grocholsky.

Anna Grocholsky: I’m the Commercialisation and Innovation Director at the uni.

[Images move through of legs walking past a 3D ON sign, Michael Withford talking and Anna Grocholsky listening, a computer screen display and a device with a flashing light]

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

[Images flash through of Michael Withford listening and Anna Grocholsky talking to the camera, an ON brochure being held, the audience, Michael Withford talking into a microphone and Michael Withford on stage in front of a 3D ON sign]

Anna Grocholsky: I think it was also the time required to commit to this programme but we convinced the team that it was a good opportunity and I’m really glad that we did because look at us now.

[Camera zooms in to show Michael Withford talking into the microphone and then the image changes to show the audience]

Michael Withford: We are the only game in town that has an integrated chip solution that is compact and affordable. 

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking and Anna Grocholsky listening]

Before I came in the ON programme we actually had a fairly rigid and single minded business model in place. 

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking into the microphone and then the camera zooms out to show Michael Withford on the stage in front of a 3D ON sign]

What the ON programme has done for us is actually get us out there, out of our comfort zone, talking to the industry and in the process of doing that we’ve actually developed a new product line. 

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking and Anna Grocholsky listening]

This would not have happened without the ON programme. 

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking into the microphone]

We’re actually already on track to make our first million dollars in sales.

[Music plays and clapping can be heard]

[Image changes to show the audience clapping]

[Text appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image appears of Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera and text appears: Nancy Schellhorn, Team RapidAIM]

Nancy Schellhorn: I am Nancy Schellhorn from RapidAIM.

[Images flash through of a Smartphone real time alert display, a female talking to a male and Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera]

We provide a real time alert of the presence of fruit fly and this allows growers to respond rapidly and prevent an outbreak. 

[Text appears: #ONpitch]

[Images move through of a rear view of Nancy Schellhorn talking to the audience, the audience and a close up rear view of Nancy Schellhorn]

With RapidAIM nextgen technology we can start to address the $10 billion a year market. 

[Images move through of a facing view and a side view of Nancy Schellhorn talking, a rear view of Nancy Schellhorn talking to the audience, a facing view of Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera, two Smartphones displaying RapidAIM, Nancy Schellhorn talking to a male and Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera]

We decided to apply for the ON programme because we started to hear more about it and learn more about it and it looked kind of interesting but we really weren’t sure if it had any meaning for our science but we thought let’s give it a go and it’s been an absolutely fantastic experience. 

[Images move through of a rear view of Nancy Schellhorn talking into the microphone, the audience, a rear view of Nancy Schellhorn talking into the microphone and Nancy Schellhorn walking off the stage]

[Clapping sounds can be heard]

Now we are preparing our technology for our field trials in September and in February 2017 we hope to conduct the first commercial trial. 

[Image changes to show a Smartphone RapidAIM screen being operated and Nancy Schellhorn talking to a male]

We have a path to market now whereas before we were really just playing around with some technology and we thought we had a good idea. 

[Image changes to show Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera]

We actually have a solution to a massive problem.  It’s much more than I could have ever expected.

[Music plays and text appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image appears of Andrew Bean talking to the camera and then the camera pans over the audience and text appears: Andrew Bean, Team Vaximiser]

Andrew Bean:  My name’s Andrew Bean and I’m from the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. 

[Images continue to flash through of the audience and then the image changes to show Andrew Bean talking to the camera again]

We’re developing new processes to help maximise vaccine production so that we’ll have cheaper vaccines that are available for all people. 

[Image changes to show hands holding a “The future is ON” brochure and then the image changes to show Andrew Bean talking into the microphone surrounded by Team Vaximiser]

Vaccine production uses methods that were developed in the 1920s and it’s now time to bring that into the 21st century. 

[Images flash through of the audience, Andrew Bean talking into the microphone and Andrew Bean talking to the camera]

At the start of the ON process we had a proof of concept idea but we didn’t know what its’ value was. 

[Images flash through of Team Vaximiser with Andrew Bean talking into the microphone, the audience and Andrew Bean talking into the microphone again]

Flu vaccines are grown in eggs and using clever biology we’ve developed an egg that maximises vaccine production. 

[Image changes to show a back view of Team Vaximiser looking out over the audience and then the image changes to show a front view of the Team Vaximiser with Andrew Bean talking into the microphone]

What ON did for us was to test that, to go out there and validate it. 

[Image changes to show a back view of Team Vaximiser looking out over the audience and then the image changes to show Andrew Bean talking to the camera and then the image changes to show Team Vaximiser with Andrew Bean talking into the microphone]

It really gave us the impetus to develop it and expand it into a true product area where we could then interact with industry and that’s the phase we’re at right now. 

[Image changes to show the audience and then the image changes to show Andrew Bean talking into the microphone]

We’re hoping to get the numbers that we need to go into industrial trials with some of the largest vaccine producers in the world.

[Music plays and clapping can be heard]

[Image changes to show the audience clapping]

[Test appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Images flash through of various people in the audience and then the image changes to show Martin Duursma talking to the camera and text appears: Martin Duursma, ON mentor]

Martin Duursma: I’m Martin Duursma, one of the mentors for the ON programme. 

[Image changes to show Martin Duursma walking up to the podium and then the camera pans over the audience and then the image changes to show Martin Duursma talking to the audience]

My background is really around having been a Business Technologist.

[Camera zooms in on Martin Duursma talking to the camera]

So, somebody that really understands customer needs, technology trends and can apply it to business solutions and that’s the sort of stuff that really energises me.  I love figuring out ways to take technology, get it in customer’s hands. 

[Image changes to show a side view and then a rear view of Martin Duursma talking to the audience]

So what motivates a mentor?  Why do we give our time freely? 

[Image changes to show a side view of Martin Duursma at the podium]

First, I think there’s a sense of giving back. 

[Images move through of a rear view of Martin Duursma talking to the audience, the audience, a facing view of Martin Duursma talking to the camera and Martin Duursma at the podium]

Second, it’s a very energising experience.

[Image has changed back to Martin Duursma talking to the camera]

Being able to leverage the experience and the knowledge that I’ve had over many years of taking technology to market

[Images flash through of a side view and then a facing view of Lloyd Niccol talking to people, two males talking, Nancy Schellhorn talking and Martin Duursma talking to the camera]

and now working with fantastic teams that are here in the ON programme, helping them take their products and ideas to the market place and hopefully one of these teams that we’re mentoring can make it big and we’d be part of that.

[Music plays and clapping sounds can be heard]

[Image changes to show the audience clapping]

[Text appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

[Upbeat music plays, the ON and CSIRO logos appear on screen]

[Image changes to show a man cleaning and moves to show event participants outside of the Powerhouse Museum]

[Image changes to show a table full of name tags]

[Image changes back to show participants making their way into the event]

[Image changes to event participants seated in small groups at tables]

Liza Noonan: Welcome to ON Boot Camp. Today we are here are to select our cohort of ten teams for our next ON Accelerator.

[Image changes to show Liza Noonan standing and addressing the participants seated at the tables]

We’re looking for big ideas and teams who are ready to learn quickly.

[Image changes to show a male standing and addressing the participants seated at the tables]

Facilitator 2: The spirit of what we want to do over this boot camp, we want to just be doing stuff, rolling up our sleeves, getting in there and just showing the rest of our team and the rest of the teams what it is that we’re doing.

[Image changes to show the participants seated at the tables talking and laughing with each other]

So looking for a valuable idea that no one else is building and we’re going to try and carve that out.

[Image changes to show a male participant from one of the groups at the tables standing and addressing everyone]

Male: Well what we do is match fertiliser delivery to crop requirements.

[Image changes to show a female participant from one of the groups at the tables standing and addressing everyone]

Female: What we do is provide mining companies with the data that they need.

[Image changes to show a male participant from one of the groups at the tables standing and addressing everyone]

Male: We locate mobile phones indoors with two centimetre accuracy.

[Image changes to show Michael Behrens, UTS]

Michael Behrens: It’s definitely expanding my mind and making me think about new things, stuff that I’ve never thought about before.

[Image changes to show Charlotte Sennerston, CSIRO]

Charlotte Sennerston: It’s exciting to meet all the innovative people. I hope our team can get feedback and that we can advance our thinking and also get challenged.

[Image changes to show Laura Jones, CSIRO]

Laura Jones: I think it’s a really great networking opportunity, I think it’s really good to learn from experienced mentors and I think it’s a really great chance for us to showcase new and upcoming research.

[Image changes back to show the second facilitator, now standing amongst the participants seated at tables and talking]

Facilitator 2: We want a way to put our invention in front of a customer so we can observe what they do and we can measure what they do. Be brave, be strong, get out there, talk to these guys and find out what their problems are.

[Music plays and different images of the event participants collaborating flash by on screen]

[Image changes back to show Michael Behrens seated and talking on a phone]

Michael Behrens: There was someone who I could chat to.

[Image changes to show a female event participant seated in a small group and talking on the phone]

Female: What we’re trying to understand is that some of the challenges…

[Image changes to show Grant Brinkworth, CSIRO]

Grant Brinkworth: We’ve just formulated our questions, we’ve refined our question panel and now we’ve identified where these customers are going to be and now we’re going to hit the streets and go and get ‘em.

[Image changes to show Grant’s group leaving the building and climbing into a taxi]

[Image changes to show Professor Sally Mcarthur, Director, Swinburne Innovation Precinct, Swinburne University]

Professor Sally Mcarthur: It’s been amazing. We’ve completely, this morning, pivoted our ideas and really started to challenge what our underlying hypothesis was about the project we’re doing.

[Image changes to show Joe Allen, UNSW]

Joe Allen: We’ve been able to get our team to test out lots of different assumptions, actually get out of the building, talk to customers, so they found it really valuable for investment of their time and something that I think will benefit their business long term.

[Camera pans out to show the event participants seated in groups at tables]

[Image changes to show Bill Bartee, Co-Founder Blackbird Ventures]

Bill Bartee: If we’re really going to succeed at this stuff there has to actually be real, real commitment and I’d encourage everybody to understand the difference between interest and commitment, because it’s vast!

[Image changes to show Geoff Culbert, President and Chief Executive, GE Australia and New Zealand & Papua New Guinea]

Geoff Culbert: If there’s an idea that’s great it will find a home and if anyone’s got an idea that they think will have application to our businesses that’s globally scalable then we are all ears.

[Image changes to show the event participants now seated around in a big circle with the second facilitator standing in the middle]

[Image changes to show Liza Noonan, Executive Manager, Innovation, CSIRO, and different images of the event participants collaborating flash by on screen]

Liza Noonan: The quality of the ideas that have come to boot camp is really mind-blowing. We have a really tough job in about three hours time selecting our cohort of ten, from improving water productivity to helping people who are in wheelchairs access more places, to making our wineries more sustainable, through to addressing Australia’s fruit fly problem, so the diversity in this room is incredible.

[Image changes to show a male pitching an idea]

Male: A light bulb moment and use that word.

[Image changes to show a different male pitching an idea]

Male: The feedback from users is that it is simple to use.

[Image changes to show a male standing and talking to the camera]

Male: There’s not been a lot of time to prepare for the pitch. What I’d like to see is a passionate set of scientists, a passionate set of entrepreneurs who are authentically connected to the problem that they’re trying to solve. If the authenticity comes through then I’m happy. If it doesn’t, well, I’m not happy.

[Image changes to show a male addressing the event participants, text appear on a screen behind him: IeK Base, D61, Big data analytics for visual agriculture]

Male: What we learned here today is that actually our valuable proposition is actually significantly higher than we thought.

[Image changes to show a male addressing the event participants, text appears on a screen behind him: Hovermap, D61, Enabling the drone industry]

Male: There’s one key capability that’s holding them back from their full potential and that is that they lack ability to sense the world around them.

[Image changes to show Liza Noonan addressing the event participants]

Liza Noonan: For both CSRIO and the universities, I think I’ve seen a vision of the future, of what this thing’s going to look like and I’m pretty dam excited.

[Applause can be heard]

[Different images of the event participants flash by on screen]

[Music plays and texts appears: The future is ON]

[The ON and CSIRO logos appear on screen, with text: csiro/au/on]

[Music plays and text appears: Welcome]

[Images flash through of people shaking hands, a hand holding an ON brochure and Nancy Schellhorn talking to the camera]

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

[Image changes to show Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera and Kate Cavanagh standing next to him and then the image changes to show legs walking past an ON sign]

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

[Image changes to show Leonore Ryan talking to the camera and then images flash through of people talking, a rotating camera, two Smart phones and Leonore Ryan talking to the camera again]

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.

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image changes to show a copying type machine and then the image changes to show Martin Duursma talking to the camera and text appears: Martin Duursma, ON mentor]

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

[Images flash through of various groups of people talking and then the image changes to show a Smartphone being held in a hand]

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

[Image changes to show Andrew Lamble talking to the camera and then the image changes to show Andrew Lamble talking to another male and text appears: Andrew Lamble, ON mentor]

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

[Image changes to show Andrew Bean talking to the camera and text appears: Andrew Bean, Team Vaximiser]

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

[Image shows Lloyd Niccol talking in a group and then the camera zooms out to show Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera and text appears: Lloyd Niccol, Team Elumin8]

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.

[Image changes to show Rohan McDougall talking to the camera and text appears: Rohan McDougall, Curtin University, Director IP Commercialisation, Team ePAT]

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

[Images flash through of groups of people talking and then the image changes to show Rohan McDougall talking to the camera]

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.

[Text appears: # ONpitch]

[Images flash through of an ON brochure, people listening, Michael Withford talking to the camera and then Michael Withford with a female and text appears: Michael Withford, Macquarie University, Team Modular Photonics]

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. 

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking to the camera and then the camera zooms out and shows Michael Withford on the stage and then the camera pans over the audience]

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

[Image changes to show Michael Withford talking to the camera and then the image shows Michael Withford with a female]

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

[Image changes to show Nancy Schellhorn talking in to a microphone and text appears: Nancy Schellhorn, Team RapidAIM]

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

[Images flash through of the audience and Nancy Schellhorn talking to a customer]

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. 

[Image changes to show Leonore Ryan talking to the camera and then the camera zooms out to show a group of people with Leonore Ryan and then the camera pans over the audience and text appears: Leonore Ryan, Team Cardihab]

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.

[Images flash through of a female looking out over the audience from the podium, Rohan McDougall talking to the camera, a female at the podium and a male talking into the microphone]

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.

[Image changes to show Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera and Kate Cavanagh standing next to him and then the image changes to show Martin Duursma at the podium]

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

[Image changes to show Kate Cavanagh talking to the camera while Lloyd Niccol listens and text appears: Kate Cavanagh, Team Elumin8]

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

[Image changes to show Martin Duursma talking at the podium]

and how you can make it grow.

[Images flash through of the audience clapping, Andrew Lamble talking to the camera, Andrew Lamble talking to a group of people and Nancy Schellhorn talking to a customer]

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.

[Image changes to show Martin Duursma talking to the camera]

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.

[Text appears on screen: The Future Is ON powered by CSIRO, Apply to be part of ON today, oninnovation.com.au]


Contact ON

Need to find out more about ON? Use the form below to send us a message.
Your contact details

First name must be filled in

Your enquiry*

We'll need to know what you want to contact us about so we can give you an answer.