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Science Entrepreneurship

The challenge:

In Australia, it is challenging for entrepreneurial scientists to establish enterprises to commercialise science-based innovation.

Menzies Foundation reply:

Like our namesake, we're committed to supporting leadership initiatives that grapple with issues that are germane to Australia’s future. Hence our commitment to raising the profile and importance of support for Australian entrepreneurial science and technology start-ups..


Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellowship Program

In partnership with the Medtech Actuator, the Foundation is incubating a ‘talent investor’ approach which supports high potential science entrepreneurs to transition from institutional contexts and navigate the ‘funding and resource cliff’ between research and the development of investable enterprises.

The key objectives of the Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellowship Program are to:


  • Anchor a collaborative partnership to build a great understanding of what helps and hinders Australian science start-ups and share these insights to contribute to knowledge regarding the opportunities, barriers and impediments in Australian science entrepreneurship.
  • Support outstanding science entrepreneurs in the early stages of commercialisation to take their science to scale
  • Improve Australia’s innovation performance by helping aspiring scientists to build their entrepreneurial competencies and more effectively collaborate with industry and the broader innovation system

Applications for the 2020 Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellowship Program are now open - apply now!