Innovation is critical for corporate organisations who want to stay relevant in a competitive market. But the best ideas don’t always come from within.

Rather than rely solely on in-house new product development (NPD) teams, many organisations are considering corporate venturing: developing, sponsoring, or investing in start-up companies to create innovative new products or services.

UQ Ventures, in partnership with Impact Innovation, will provide a practical guide to mitigating the risks that arise with acquiring and investing in start-ups or new technologies, and introduce the critical skills required to accurately assess and select the most rewarding opportunities for your organisation.

Event details

Date: Friday 16 July 2021, 8.30am – 12:30pm (light morning tea will be provided)
Optional follow-up session (online) on Thursday 5 August, 9am – 10am (included in registration)
Location: Ground Floor, Room 172, Global Change Institute (Building 20), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4067
Option One: $450 (including GST) workshop registration
Option Two: $750 (including GST) workshop registration plus three subsequent one-on-one coaching sessions to help you embed innovation outcomes and overcome implementation challenges.

With an emphasis on practical application, this workshop will show you how to incorporate corporate venturing as a valuable part of your wider innovation strategy. Case study examples and workshop scenarios will equip you with the skills you need to confidently select and drive projects with high growth potential.


Keynote speaker

General Manager of Impact Innovation Group, Cameron Johns
Cameron Johns
General Manager,
Impact Innovation Group

For more than 20 years, Cameron has helped national and international government departments, businesses, ASX-listed companies, research organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises turn their ideas into products, services and social impact.

Cameron has managed highly acclaimed programs that leverage innovation and commercialisation as drivers of regional and national economic growth for Australia and internationally. He has delivered innovation capacity building training programs to thousands of participants across Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and supported more than 85 Industry to Research Collaborations in the translation of research into commercial and social outcomes.

He is currently working with CSIRO to bring innovation and commercialising to publicly funded research in Vietnam and is working closely with the Vietnamese government to help them embrace innovation.

Cameron has founded and run several start-ups, managed a private equity firm, and is the co-author of the Research Innovation Canvas; an innovation evaluation tool adopted by national and international research organisations to guide the development of new commercially viable projects.  His co-authored commercialisation handbook is due to be published internationally mid 2021 with CSIRO.



About Startup Education

Ventures has partnered with Impact Innovation to deliver a series of workshops for government and industry sectors. 


Global Change Institute Building (20), St Lucia campus
Ground floor, Room 172

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