CERI to be officially opened by the Hon Julie Bishop MP – 2 November 2017

The Honourable Julie Bishop MP to make key announcement about the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) when she officially opens the Nedlands-based facility on Thursday.

CERI will be officially opened by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Federal Member for Curtin, Foreign Minister and Acting Prime Minister at 5pm Thursday 2 November 2017.

Founded by philanthropist Charlie Bass with the vision of creating long-term future prosperity for WA, CERI is an independent charity aiming to smash the boom-bust curse of the resources industry by creating new high-knowledge, high-value enterprises and a vibrant, sustainable economic ecosystem.

Mr Bass consulted extensively with business, industry and academic leaders prior to establishing CERI; founding it to empower and enable Australian researchers to translate their research into great products, technologies and companies.

Mr Bass explained,

 “Our world-class researchers excel in knowledge creation, yet we fall behind in the translation of that research into real-world applications. CERI is a catalyst to change that.“

Led by CEO and esteemed international researcher, Dr Carolyn Williams, CERI provides programs and support designed to kickstart a change of thinking and a perspective outside of academia.  Dr Williams, who also facilitates the core Entrepreneurial Mindset ‘Boot Camps’, said,

“By providing our researchers with entrepreneurial support, training and a multi-disciplinary environment, we are nurturing the belief that they can really take their research from the labs to the world and make a real difference. They are the ones most passionate about what they do, they are in the best place to make it a business success.“

On a national scale CERI is already making the sector take notice. As the lead consortium member of Accelerating Australia, a project based at CERI and aimed at creating a culture of entrepreneurship and collaboration across medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, CERI is celebrating the announcement last week that the project has received $1,000,000 in funding from MTPConnect’s Project Fund Program*. The grant matches $1,000,000 in funding from the sector, to provide early stage career researchers with access to best practice biomedical entrepreneurship training.

Now home to five fledgling start-ups and an extended network of mentors and business leaders, CERI is leading the way for innovation in the State and the Nation.  Positioning itself as an ‘honest broker’, there are no hidden agendas, no equity and no costs to those who join the CERI start-up community. As Mr Bass said, ‘there is nothing in it for me but the excitement of trying to create a better future for WA and the nation’.

It is that passion and drive and the opportunities resulting from Thursday’s announcement which will enable CERI to expand its efforts in growing the knowledge economy.



Media are invited to join us on at the event – Thursday 2 November, 4.30pm for a 5pm start.  Please advise if you will be attending – Danni Wick | 0498 012 568


Media contacts:

Danni Wick, Marketing and Communications:          Danni@ceri.org.au                 0498 013 568

Dr Carolyn Williams, CEO                                          Carolyn@ceri.org.au              0457 003 383


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Further information:

*MPTConnect – MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre.

The MTPConnect Project Fund Program – a dollar-for-dollar matched program investing in big, bold ideas to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of Australia’s medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector. MTPConnect is supported by the Australian Government Industry Growth Centres Initiative – learn more at www.mtpconnect.org.au