A lot of research has the potential for practical application and, often, commercialisation. In fact, the mighty Google itself was a business borne out of PhD research.
It can sometimes be hard to see how our own research could be commercialised or turned into a business venture; but the folks at AUT Ventures specialise in spotting the business potential in research.
AUT Ventures can advise AUT researchers (including postgraduate research students) on all aspects of commercialisation – from IP and patents, to marketing, prototyping, and sustainability. And right now, they’re designing a new programme of workshops to help you find the business potential in your own work.
The ‘Impact Series’ of workshops is all about translating AUT research and making it relevant to the world outside the academy. Covering topics like commercialisation, social impact, Māori engagement and intellectual property, the programme will run throughout 2022 and will be free for all AUT staff and postgraduates. The workshops will be delivered by subject matter experts from AUT Ventures, AUT Beta and the AUT Research Office.
The team at AUT Ventures would like to hear from you about what kind of events you would like to see offered. Let them know your preferences in this online form, and your suggestions might make their way into the 2022 programme.
We’ll post more about 2022 workshops here on Thesislink in the new year. You’ll also be able to find full workshop listings in eLab. If you’re interested in commercialising your research, check back then for details of how to access the Impact Series.
Perhaps, with the right support, your research could be the basis of something much bigger than you originally imagined.