Our accelerator is growing with 22 University partners, more than 60 mentors across the country and our pre-accelerator experience ON Prime underway in five locations across Australia.

It only seems fitting that our team should grow in line with this.

Welcome aboard, Steve Brodie – our new 'ON Ecosystem Director' and one of Australia's most well respected research commercialisation specialists. 

Steve joins us fresh from his most recent post with the University of New South Wales where he was Open Innovation Manager and developed the methodology as well as facilitated the UNSW "Sandpits" program - a design thinking customer-centric approach to collaborative innovation.

Steve brings more than 20 years' experience in research and development, commercialisation and open innovation to the ON Team and, in his new role will be responsible for fostering our University partnerships and relationships with Australia's Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRAs).

Steve will build and manage our growing network of partners, collaborating to continually enhance the ON experience and ensure it delivers value as well as builds a strong pipeline of applications for the national accelerator.

Steve will also bring his industry relationships to bear, connecting ON with transitioning industries, private companies and priority sectors for Australia to help provide a single point of access to some of Australia's best and brightest research minds - to collaborate and address some of their biggest challenges.

Steve's no slouch when it comes to sci-tech research and development himself having designed a new high-temperature vibration sensor for use in rocket and jet engines while at the Ferroperm Piezoceramics in Denmark. In our book, that technically makes him a rocket scientist! (well, a retired one anyway) – so woohoo for us!

Steve can be contacted on steve.brodie@csiro.au or you can catch him in our Sydney office on (02) 9490 8305.

We took five minutes out of Steve's already busy scheduled to ask him what he hopes to achieve with the ON team and the best piece of advice he's heard delivered to an ambitious sci-tech start-up.

Thanks Steve for sharing your wisdom and welcome ON board!

Q: So Steve, tell us a little about what attracted you to the ON team and the ON acceleration experience?

A: I've always been fascinated by ideas and how good ideas can be developed into great innovations. In the last 12 months I have seen the CSIRO ON program launch and grow and I've been impressed with the team's energy and the impact the program has made in a relatively short time. Even better, it's powered by CSIRO. So, for me, it was an easy decision to make to seek to join the team and I'm thrilled to be ON board.

Q: What do you think is the most valuable role the ON accelerator can play in the Australian innovation ecosystem?

A: Australia has 41 universities and many publicly funded research agencies each developing research with the potential to impact society. The challenge is to get the research outputs put to use. With its deep science and technology programs, and strong industry networks, CSIRO is in a unique position to help these researchers and organisations.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in this role?

A: I'm looking forward to meeting passionate researchers, and their colleagues, and hearing about their ideas. I can't wait to hear the future stories of how ON helped participants develop their ideas and create impact in society.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you've heard delivered to an ambitious sci-tech start-up? (and go on, let's be honest…were you the source?)

A: "Get out of the building!" OK, it's not my advice but it is so important for sci-tech start-ups to engage early with customers and end users to develop and refine their ideas and innovations.

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