With Accelerate5 selection Bootcamp just around the corner (28-29 November 2018), we sat with Ian Brown, one of our fantastic ON Facilitators, to understand a little more about what makes him tick, and what our new ON Accelerate cohort can expect.

Tell us about your role with ON?

I'm a Co-Designer and Co-Facilitator of the CSIRO ON Accelerate program. I work closely with my fellow Co-Designer and Co-Facilitator, David Ireland, to design and deliver the ON Accelerate program each year. The program starts with a two-day Bootcamp workshop in late November, then there is a break over summer, and then a five-day Immersion workshop in early February six two-day Level Up workshops across mid February to early May (12 weeks). Of course our work starts well before November. We start designing and planning in early August and finish with a detailed review in late May. Each year we build a fresh program that draws on the stories and experiences of our growing alumni. David Ireland and I are both independent contractors to the CSIRO ON program and we are fortunate to work closely with a fabulous CSIRO ON team led by David Burt.

How did you get involved in ON?

Through my connections at INSEAD, in France, I have done a lot of work in helping to co-design and co-facilitate Sci-Tech Bootcamps in Europe for INSEAD MBA Candidates and Scientist participants from French Polytechnics and the Fraunhofer in Germany. Early on in my involvement with the CSIRO ON program, I was asked to be a mentor to teams working on commercialising new inventions. When I got involved I really liked the focus of the program on impact. Later, when a tender was published, I applied to be a facilitator in the CSIRO ON program. Now I'm one of two Co-Designers and Co-Facilitators of the CSIRO ON Accelerate program.

What's your favourite part of ON?

I like everything about the CSIRO ON program. Starting with learning about the customer and testing how well the idea fits with the customer problem, through to getting a deeper understanding of the customer and then building the team and story to gain support and build something that can have massive impact. Helping researchers build the skills and knowledge to be able to move their project forward and create impact is great fun. Seeing the scientists building skills and knowledge that can be used, not only on their current project, but also on future projects to have impact - is very rewarding.

What do you and your skills, experience, passions bring to the teams of ON?

I believe in backing clever people to do amazing things! I'm passionate about helping people discover and pursue new opportunities and creating a step-change. I have a lot of experience in commercialising new inventions and I have well-developed skills and knowledge in using frameworks to create plan to enable the projects to come to life, while de-risking, and becoming investor-ready.

What can teams expect from you as a Facilitator and Coach?

I put a lot of passion and energy into the programs I facilitate. I really enjoy being part of the journey with the teams and seeing the way the teams develop during the program, and seeing them progress toward their impact. It is very rewarding and a lot of fun.

Tough one - but what is the one thing you wish ON participants knew?

I wish ON participants knew how to build a multidisciplinary team. In order to drive a project to massive impact you will need a multidisciplinary team. It will need to be a multidisciplinary team with business and finance skills and knowledge, deep technology and product skills and knowledge, and marketing and sales skills and knowledge. Taking a project to impact is a team game. ON Accelerate is a team game.

Couldn't have put it better ourselves! Glad to have you as part of Team ON, Ian!

Good luck at Bootcamp 2018 everyone! Follow the Twitter action #ONBootcamp2018 @onaccelerator  

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