Sydney Research
The Big Idea

The Big Idea 2018

The Big Idea is a Sydney Research event focusing on developing research innovation and commercialisation. The Big Idea is a key event in the Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium and this year it also forms a major component of STRIVE, the Research Impact and Commercialisation Series hosted by Sydney Research.

The Big Idea includes an innovation challenge which will support individuals to progress their idea to the next level within their organisation. It could be a device, a prosthesis, a marker, an app, a treatment, a piece of technology or a system – if it has the potential to be developed into a commercially viable product to transform healthcare or research – it could be the next Big Idea! This is an opportunity to gain exposure, support and mentoring through sponsors, industry and participating venture capitalists.

This year, expert speakers at the Big Idea will highlight the importance of innovation and research commercialisation with emphasis on identifying “what makes a good product”.

Sponsored by Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney, an expert panel will award up to $45,000 pre-seed funding for the winner(s) of the Big Idea to reach the next stage of commercialising their idea.

The Big Idea is being held as part of the 2018 Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium on Thursday 21 June at Australian Technology Park.

Join us by submitting your Big Idea and/or being part of the audience!

Applications for 2018 have closed.

For more information on the Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium click here


Key dates

Applications open 21 February 2018
Applications close 3 April 2018
Invitations to finalists 15 May 2018
The Big Idea 21 June 2018