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KCA Fundamentals of Technology Transfer Course

A couple of weeks ago Knowledge Commercialisation Australia (KCA) and KiwiNet partnered to bring the KCA Fundamentals of Technology Transfer Course to New Zealand. The course kicked off with Alistair Hick, Director of Commercialisation at Monash University, and Nigel Slaughter (top right), GM Commercial at WaikatoLink, hitting home some of the fundamental truths of working at a technology transfer office. “Failure becomes the norm” – the road to commercial success more…


An inside look at spin-out company NOVATEIN

Novatein is a pre revenue company spin out of University of Waikato research in 2008. On the face of it, the idea the company was founded on seems a little hair brained; turning bloodmeal into a plastic. First of all, bloodmeal is used as a fertilizer and sometimes as an animal feed, and is essentially dried blood. How can you make plastic from blood? Aren’t plastics made from petrochemicals? As more…


Innovation and growth in two minutes

Volcanic eruptions, Killing puppies, 240,000 crème eggs and 130 tea trees. All covered at the Innovation and Growth Conference in Hamilton on Monday. “A ground-breaking conference giving forward-thinking business owners and entrepreneurs a leading edge in global growth.” Kevin Malloy, Coca Cola Global Client Director kicked the meat of the day off via faceme. Customer interaction is key and the way we reach them in 2020 is going to be more…


WLL’s HotHouse: Building Valuable Partnerships.

Welcome back everyone! This is our first Blog entry of 2012. Today we have Charley’s story about his experience becoming a market researcher for us at the end of last year. I am an engineering student that has stepped into a position as a market researcher in WaikatoLink’s HotHouse. The Hothouse likes to employ a range of students from different faculties at the University of Waikato in order to both more…


KiwiNet Commercialisation Forum

The KiwiNet Commercialisation Forum was held on November 9th, 2011 at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Aligned with the KCA Conference held on November 10th & 11th, the forum attracted commercialisation staff from over 30 organisations across NZ and Australia. With approximately 60 attendees throughout the day, this forum was the biggest held to date. For those that aren’t already aware of the Commercialisation Forum; its day-long event held twice more…


Technology Transfer Project Management

At WaikatoLink, we’re introducing a new project management tool to our systems called Strategiize. Here’s a blurb from the commercialisation office leading the development of the software, Flinders Partners. Effectively creating value from opportunities and ideas Ensuring that innovations continue on the path to commercial value can be frustrating and inefficient leading to maximum results often not being achieved. Using standard project management methodologies is ineffectual as commercialisation of new more…


PI’s for IP

Market researchers are like the Private Investigators of the commercialisation process. They use several techniques to gather information about new technologies to help make better commercial decisions. Nigel Davidson is one of the researchers in the WaikatoLink Hothouse and he has explained some of these techniques in a bit more detail. As a market researcher at WaikatoLink, I work alongside other interns and students employed in the Hothouse. Our role more…


An Insider’s Guide to the HotHouse…

Nidhie is a Business Analyst at WaikatoLink. Here’s her insight into how the hothouse works and where it’s heading. So, what is the HotHouse, you’re probably wondering. The HotHouse was set up by WaikatoLink in 2003 to provide opportunities for university students to work on commercialisation projects and gain practical ‘real world’ experience. For many years we’ve been employing students to support commercialisation through various roles such as market research, more…


Reform of United States Patent Law: From “First to Invent” to “First to File”

As IP plays such an important role at WaikatoLink, we keep a close eye on good practices and changes that could have a significant impact on how we do things. Greg Mitchell, our IP Analyst, has been taking a look at how the US is coming into line with the rest of the world around the ‘first to invent’ rule and how that might affect us. We thought it might more…


A Valuable Experience: An Internship at WaikatoLink

WaikatoLink takes several interns on each year to join the WaikatoLink HotHouse. This entry is from Nicole’s perspective as one of our Interns. A Valuable Experience: My Internship at WaikatoLink While at university it can seem easy to get lost in the process and I often find myself likening all the tests, assessments and essays to jumping hurdles. As each one comes up you perform the necessary actions to get more…