WSU Launch Pad – January 2020 Newsletter

By Rebecca Pham, 31 January 2020

Hello and Happy New Year, we hope you had an enjoyable and safe break over the festive season.

This year is going to be a really exciting one for Launch Pad. We’ll be running multiple programs over the next 12 months and planning for our new home at the Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub in 2021.

Our focus will be to further build out the support for Western Sydney startup businesses and to support their expansion into global markets. If you are passionate about helping Australian startups grow locally and expand internationally, or know anyone who can help, please get involved.

Application are Now Open for Landcom “Urban Futures” Accelerator delivered in partnership with Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

Starting in March 2019, the Accelerator will seed and grow innovation within the property development industry in support of Landcom and the University’s strategic priorities and aspirations for enhanced urban living in Western Sydney, NSW and Australia.

The accelerator will leverage the rapid growth of the Western Sydney region and the property development ecosystem across Landcom, the University and their range of partners to promote innovation in urban living design and development. Start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for products and services for current major property development projects that are seeking new and innovative solutions.

Applications Now Open


NSW-India Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission

In collaboration with the NSW Government, Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator is launching the NSW–India Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission, taking up to eight advanced manufacturing SMEs and start-ups from NSW to India in April 2020.

About the program

The Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission is part of a broader $1.58 million NSW-India Technology Exchange Program; an initiative designed for SMEs and start-ups to help grow their business in India. The program helps promote collaboration across borders, enables knowledge sharing and market insights while also providing a framework to link NSW and Indian R&D with business, to drive commercialisation and facilitate new partnerships.

Participants will meet with potential clients, partners and gain valuable experience and immersion into the Indian advanced manufacturing market, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to launch their products in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Express Your Interest

Welcoming New Startups

  • IdeaSpies is an ideas platform that believes in sharing innovation to inspire action.
  • Naturely is an online community marketplace where local producers of healthy living products are connected with consumers.

Launch Pad & Startup Spotlight

  • Don Wright, Head of Launch Pad joined a panel and spoke about the Future of Work at the last CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) event
  • Low Carbon start-up Income Energy have landed their first major customer – congrats!
  • Australia Asia Executive Center (AAEC) hosted Launch Pad in China last December to attend the APEC SME Business Forum
  • Bvitra also attended the APEC SME Business Forum in Shenzhen last December and have secured potential global export partners.
  • Xootro has been mentioned in the Australian Financial Review
  • Rob Khamas, founder of RENDTech will be speaking about healthcare technologies at a joint event with AWS

Western Sydney University News

Upcoming News & Events

Healthcare Cloud Technologies & The Impact Of AWS

AWS Office | 6th February, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free


Accelerating Commercialisation Information Session Sydney

AusIndustry Offices |13th February, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Free


future-proofing Australian manufacturing SMEs in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council | 18th February, 7:30am-11:00am | Free


Free HR Workshop for Employers

Rydges Parramatta | 20th February, 8:30 am – 10:30 am | Free


Harnessing Solar Energy To Power Our Planet

Parliament of New South Wales | 26th February, 7:30 am – 9:30 am | Free


Introduction to Exporting Workshop

Cumberland Council Merrylands | 12 March 10:00am-12:00pm | Free

Women in Leadership – Western Sydney

Bankstown Sports Club | 23 March 6:00pm-8:00pm | $20

future-proofing Australian manufacturing SMEs in Campbelltown

Wests Leagues Club Gardenia Room | 31at March, 7:30am-11:00am | Free

Partner Shoutout & Helpful Resources

  • NAB have launched a pop-up of ‘The Village’, a co-working space for SMEs in their Sydney CBD offices.
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) have some awesome virtual internship opportunities, and they’re free for everyone.
  • Our friends over a Haymarket HQ have launched a Sydney Landing Program for international startups to land and expand into Australia.
  • The Centre for Civic Innovation is open in Liverpool – a place to connect with people, projects, programs, training, mentors, funding and resources to make a difference in your community.
  • Creative West is now live – an interactive map of local creative businesses and organisations, and a curated snapshot of what’s currently happening in our cultural sector, managed by Katrina Sandbach; a designer, researcher, and educator at WSU.

Tech News Around The World

Just incase you missed it, here’s some news from around the globe.

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