Research collaboration to spark innovation and inclusion

Published in September 2015

Northcott Innovation has joined The University of Technology Sydney’s new Industry Hub, to deepen research collaboration and spark innovative solutions for people with disability.

The Industry Hub is a unique co-working space that provides an opportunity for companies to spend an extended period of time embedded on the UTS campus. Tenants have their own dedicated office space inside the Hub to use as a base while they explore opportunities with research staff and students to deliver real impact from research collaboration.

“The Industry Hub is chance to get up close and personal with UTS researchers, and work together to create real solutions,” said Liz Forsyth, Executive Director of Northcott Innovation.

“Together we are bringing an affordable step-climbing wheelchair to market, investigating solutions to acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system, designing new tools and toys for people with disability to explore their sexuality, and using design-led innovation to create sustainable housing futures for young people with disability,” she said.

“UTS already has a great reputation for being good to do business with and the launch of the Industry Hub program extends upon that, allowing even stronger partnerships to develop between our researchers and partner organisations,” said Professor Glenn Wightwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

“Having greater access to industry is also critically important for our researchers as we continue to deliver research with real impact on society and industry.”
Following on from the success of its Design Thinking For Social Innovation program delivered earlier this year with Stanford University’s d-school and the Social Change Collective, Northcott Innovation is committing significant funds and people resources to finding real solutions alongside people with disability that enable them to live the lives they choose.

Northcott Innovation is also the driving force behind the company named #22 in BRW’s 2015 most innovative companies list. Its parent company, Northcott, was the only not-for-profit in the list announced in August 2015, competing against companies like Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Seek, Johnson & Johnson and Deloitte.

To find out more about UTS: Industry Hub and Northcott Innovation, go to @NCinnovate or drop into the Industry Hub at UTS.