The Hon Julie Bishop opens the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation Thursday the 2nd of November.
Acting Prime Minister, Julie Bishop, last week attended the official opening of CERI, the lead consortium member of Accelerating Australia. The night was kicked off by an inspiring welcome to country by Phillip Walley-Stack followed by the story so far of CERI by CEO Carolyn Williams, and a run down of CERI’s vision for the future by founder Charlie Bass.
We heard from CERI alumni and WA Innovator of the Year finalist, Sofie De Meyer, on her experience and learnings from CERI over the past few months attending the Entrepreneurial Mindset bootcamp and Concept to Creation program. Sofie, along with fellow CERI alumni, Daniel Kollehn, have built MALDI-ID, a start-up focused on increasing crop yield and pasture performance through the identification of root nodules.
Completing the formalities, Julie Bishop took to the stage to praise the work that CERI has done for WA and encourage others to get involved.
“In a state that always thinks big, that always takes risks, that always lives on the edge, we need CERI to translate our brilliant ideas into a growing economy and more jobs in the state”, said Bishop.
Speaking on Accelerating Australia, Julie continued: “Already it’s the lead consortium member of Accelerating Australia and that’s all about collaboration between researchers and industry in the medical technologies and pharmaceutical sector. The consortium has been awarded a $1 million grant under the MTP project funding program and is attracting matched funding from the sector. This is a really exciting moment for CERI and all that it’s achieving.”