Skills development

Innovation is not just about having bright ideas, it is also about knowing what can be done with those ideas to truly tap into their power. There are various formal and informal pathways available throughout the University for ANU staff and students wishing to learn more about innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

Topics covered

The Technology Transfer Office runs a range of workshops and seminars related to commercialisation, covering topics such as:

  • What is commercialisation?
  • Intellectual property and patents
  • The IP policy at ANU
  • Business engagement
  • Alternative funding, inc. R&D partnerships
  • Collaborative research
  • Licensing your technology
  • Establishing a start-up
  • Lean startup methodology
  • ANU case studies

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Current skills development on offer

SPARK Commercialisation Bootcamp

A full-day workshop to help ANU academics, professional staff and HDR students understand the technology transfer process in the context of their own research projects.

This is an advanced workshop aimed at those interested in pursuing commercial pathways with their research projects or those who have already begun engaging with TTO to do so.

Social Enterprise Bootcamp

A full-day workshop to explore and develop business models for social ventures, helping you to develop a sustainable business that delivers both social and financial returns. The workshop is aimed at those interested in social enterprises, particularly those already with an idea for a social venture or those interested in taking their field of study or research to market for social good.

Lean startup workshops

These intensive workshops, run by KILN Incubator, cover key areas early in the lean startup journey, including topics such as market validation, business model generation and product development. The workshops are ideal for those who may be interested in taking their research project or idea to market, including those with an existing startup or even those who may have an idea but are unsure of the next steps to take.

Find out more about Lean Startup Workshops.


A three-month entrepreneurship program run by ANU open to students, staff and graduates from Canberra’s major tertiary institutions. Teams attend workshops and seminars to help develop an innovative business idea and the top teams pitch for a share of the $50,000 seed pool. The program is suitable for those with an innovative idea that they would like to take to market, those with an early stage startup looking to refine their business model, or those who are simply interested in getting involved in entrepreneurship and the local innovation ecosystem.

Find out more about InnovationACT.