The University of Adelaide has launched its 2009 eChallenge, an entrepreneurial business planning competition that offers $50,000 in prizes.
The eChallenge (Entrepreneurs' Challenge) is open to students from any discipline at any of South Australia’s Universities, TAFE and in the broader community. Teams of between two and six people, including at least one tertiary-enrolled student in South Australia, compete in the eChallenge to develop a business plan for a new, previously unfunded concept.
UniSA commercialisation agency ITEK actively assists students to gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges of pursuing the path to entrepreneurship.
Key ITEK executives recently joined serial entrepreneurs and patent attorneys to present a lecture called ‘Professional Studies’, which involves professionals addressing students about real-life career experiences drawn from the process of commercialisation.
UniSA City West Campus lecturer Gerhard Schurer designed the course to assist students make the challenging transition from university life to a professional career.
ITEK General Manager Chris Hill discussed the process of protecting intellectual property ownership and outlined how students should go about protecting their valuable ideas – now and in the future.
SA-based artificial intelligence specialist Intelligent Software has moved its head office from Technology Park Adelaide to the Tomorrow Studio in the city’s central business district.
Located at Level 1, 193 Wakefield Street in Adelaide’s famous square mile, the Tomorrow Studio is a technology incubator and innovation hub for companies in the simulation and digital media space. The Tomorrow Studio is supported by the SA Government’s economic development agency, the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED).
Intelligent Software director Don Perugini said the new office had plenty of room for expansion. “The central city provides us with a better location as most of our potential clients are here,” he said.