AgriStart Helps UWA Researchers Accelerate Innovation with Start Something

The Start Something from Research commercialisation accelerator at the University of Western Australia closed with four of the outstanding projects winning innovation awards.  AgriStart helped train and judge during the program, plus provided a mentoring prize.

Judging considered presentation, innovation, impact potential and customer centricity. Prizes were from Atomic Sky, TechHub, AgriStart and UWA. The winners;

  • AgriStart Innovation Award; Karina Price; ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
  • Start Something Future Leader Award; Chris Bartley, UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Start Something Research Impact Award; Dr Anthony Fitzgerald, UWA Faculty of Physics and Astrophysics
  • Start Something Commercial Innovation Award; Dr Yuliya Karpievitch, Perkins Institute of Medical Research
The Start Something program helped in leaps and bounds with our Virtual Plant Cell project. It encouraged me to think about the project in a different and more productive way, and through it I’ve made valuable connections and dissected out what I truly need to do to move the product forward. I’m very excited about the future of our project and working with the mentoring of AgriStart to implement the skills I learned.
— Karina Price; ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology


This cohort included 22 cross-faculty researchers comprising staff researchers, professors and PhD's. Through the sci-tech accelerator they worked through impact commercialisation of their research in Agriculture and Food, BioDiversity, Energy, MedTech and Technology.

Pitch day judges were AgriStart Founder Tash Ayers, 2016 Western Australian of the Year Finalist and President of RSPCA WA and Bradshaw Muir Lynne Bradshaw , Boston Consluting Group's Shannon Ziegelaar, CSIRO ON Facilitator Ian Brown, METS Ignited State Manager Peter Clarke, Peter Rossdeutscher of Director of Atomic Sky.

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An update on the many methods the University employs to convert world class research into impact outcomes was provided by Mark Stickells, Director of Innovation and Business Development at The University of Western Australia. One of those being this program, “Start Something shifts the dial for researchers and supports their efforts to engage with industry and new markets. The program increases the quality and flow of ideas to market and delivers real value to the communities we serve.”


Natasha Ayers