Australian National University’s PhD Student Ankur Sharma’s business pitch won first prize at the Australian Nanotechnology Network Entrepreneurship Workshop held at the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia.
The aim of the workshop was to provide researchers and PhD students with advice on how to start a business with the technology they have developed and how they can pitch their ideas to various funding organisations within Australia.
The workshop included a Shark Tank style competition involving PhD students and early career researchers from all major universities in Australia. Ankur presented a flexible display screen, a product he named the Touch-Flex, which won first prize. This product is a vision of his PhD research which involves working with materials similar to graphene which could be used for flexible touch screens.
“I pitched it to the panel for scaled-up production as we have already developed the technology at the lab scale. The panel were impressed with my entrepreneurial approach to research and the saleability of the product so I was awarded first prize,” stated Ankur.
The competition panel consisted of Dr Stephen Rodda and Dr Shruti Sardeshmukh from the University of South Australia, Patent Attorney Dr Matthew Lay at FB Rice and Dr Anita Hill from Future Industries, CSIRO.
To learn more about Ankur Sharma you can visit his Australian National University profile here.