The spin on spinouts

Australian universities and research institutes are increasingly fostering the creation of spinouts, technology-based companies arising from research whose intellectual capital originates in public organisations.

Meet five science and engineering experts from CSIRO’s Data61 who’ve created new technology-based spinouts. Find out how they’ve transitioned from research environments to becoming entrepreneurs supplying global markets.

Discover how Australia’s data innovation network works with researchers to create companies that foster innovation, growth, employment and revenue. Learn what training is available from the national science agency to support budding entrepreneurs.

Get the low down on building teams and finding focus – in work, in opportunities and in the market – from:

  • Dr Silvia Pfeiffer is CEO and cofounder of Coviu, a platform that provides universal access to healthcare. A skilled creator of web-based video solutions, Silvia has worked at leading corporations including Google, Mozilla, NICTA and CSIRO. She has a double degree in computer science and business management.
  • Dr Stefan Hrabar is CEO and cofounder of Emesent, a company formed to commercialise cutting edge drone technology developed by CSIRO’s Data61 Robotics Group, providing access to critical data in challenging underground environments. Stefan was Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO where he led the Hovermap project. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Dr Anna Liu is Head of Public Sector Partnerships at Amazon Web Services, responsible for enabling, growing an ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs across Australia and New Zealand. She founded and was CEO of Yuruware, the world’s first Disaster Recovery platform designed to simplify the migration, replication and disaster recovery process. Anna holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and Science.
  • Pete Field was a Software Engineer before transitioning to product and project Management and guiding the spin-out of Data61’s Doarama project, now re-branded as Ayvri. Ayvri uses 3D virtual world technology to enable participants in major sporting and adventure events like RedBull’s Wings For Life to preview their adventure and to visualise their race in 3D through live tracking. A self-taught Engineer, Pete’s achievements include building the world’s largest concert database and holding a WebRTC Patent.
  • Matt Barbuto founded Ynomia, a platform that digitises realworld construction projects enabling builders to have visibility over what is moving in and out of the construction site. He was CEO of efm Logistics, Australia’s largest supply chain integrator and served as Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for FLIP Group, a technology company developing logistics solutions. Currently completing a Masters of Applied Finance, Matt holds an MBA, a Bachelors of Commerce and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Event details

When: 2.00-5.00pm, Monday 29 October 2018
Where: Sydney Startup Hub, 11-31 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: Free with registration via this link

This event is coproduced by CSIRO’s Data61 and Inspiring Australia NSW as part of the Spark Festival that runs across NSW from 19 October to 4 November 2018.