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STC Announces "MedTech's Got Talent" Mentors



9/9/2013 8:31:22 AM

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Melbourne, Australia - 9 SEPTEMBER 2013: In any mentor-driven entrepreneurship support program, the mentors are at the core of the success of the program. STC (the Small Technologies Cluster) has lined up an impressive group of mentors for ‘MedTech’s Got Talent’ to guide and support promising talent as they refine their business or product concept pitch for enabling medical technology innovations.

The mentor line-up includes: Alexander Gosling (Capstone Parters), Jefferson Harcourt (Grey Innovation), Erol Harvey (MiniFAB), Mark Johnson (Outerspace Design), Peter Lewis (Hydrix), Luke Martin (Design+Industry) and Geoff Rogers (Intellimedical Technologies).

Mentors will take two teams each under their wings in a draft-style pick at the October 31st Rapid Fire Round. Over an intensive one month, the mentors will help their teams start to build their business case and refine their pitch. On December 5th, these teams will then compete for one of five slots in the Accelerated Technology Roadmapping program, an intensive 3-month entrepreneurship development program that provides $20,000 to support the scoping and planning activities required to decide if the concept “has legs” and is a launchable business before pitching to real investors for seed capital.

‘MedTech’s Got Talent’ is generously supported by the Victorian Government’s Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, as an initiative of the Enabling Technologies Skills Strategy – Small Technologies. The Service Sponsors of the challenge are providing valuable in kind support to challenge participants: Cochlear, Griffith Hack, SecondNature and BioMelbourne Network. We are also working closely with marketing and media partners UniGateway, BioMelbourne Network, Startup Smart, MTAA, NICTA, ICT for Life Sciences and York Butter Factory.

Interested in sponsoring or providing in kind service package support to winning companies? Please contact Laura Faulconer (laura@stc-melbourne.com).

ABOUT STC:

STC promotes commercialisation and entrepreneurship around next-generation innovations with programs that grow new businesses. Many sectors, like biotechnology, medical devices, life science and information technology, are converging around this rapidly growing core of cutting edge innovation. STC seeds and catalyses new industry opportunities through the development and uptake of small and emerging technologies. STC provides the infrastructure to accelerate commercialization, links with key stakeholders across industry, government and academia necessary to nurture cross-fertilisation of innovation, and is the clear and consistent voice of those developing, integrating, or supporting emerging enabling technologies. For more information on STC programs, please visit www.STCaustralia.org.

Media Contact:

Laura Faulconer

Head of Marketing & Business Development

+61 (0)413 467 201

laura@stc-melbourne.com

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