Innovation Bay Perth kicked off their first event for 2017 with a sold-out Speaker’s Breakfast held at the Centre for Entrepreneurial and Innovation Research (CERI). Over 50 people attended the event at the recently opened venue, with the morning’s proceedings kicked off by Charlie Bass, founder of CERI.
Charlie established CERI over 2015 and 2016, with a mission to work with postgraduate researchers in entrepreneurship, innovation and startup company formation to drive a vibrant commercial ecosystem in WA. The foundation of CERI is deeply embedded in its purpose to help Western Australia move away the boom-bust cycle of the resources sector by creating new high-knowledge, high-value industries.
CERI was a fitting venue for the feature of the event, an excellent talk on ‘disruption and big data’ by Jonathon Wolfe, Director of Wrays. Mr Wolf, a seasoned entrepreneur and innovation specialist, focussed on the question: ‘why are there no tech companies in ASX top 50?’ If we are to be competitive on a global landscape, we need to find new industries and new job opportunities for Australia's or else face massive disruption, Mr Wolfe said.
To overcome the high failure rates of new venture creation, Mr Wolfe suggested the use of emerging technologies like Growth.Science that use actuarial science and big data models to forecast the future performance of business models.
Stay tuned for our next event, a focus dinner with Yuuwa Capital Director, Matt Macfarlane on 5th April. We also have our our next Angel Dinner coming up on 24th May. The deadline for pitch submissions for this event is 3rd May.
Author: Nate Sturcke (@natesturcke)
Left to right: Jonathon Wolf (Director, Wrays), Derek Gerrard (Director, Go Capital), Charlie Bass (Founder, CERI)