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MedTech’s Got Talent

MedTech’s Got Talent is a unique entrepreneurship challenge supporting emerging entrepreneurs to develop and refine skills in pitching a business concept, developing a technology roadmap and launching commercialisation activities for their medical technology innovations. There is no charge to participate, and participants tap into real resources (money, expertise, network) to ideally position themselves for start-up success.

Small Technologies Cluster

Since 2005, STC has been an incubator of small tech companies and has administered several grant and voucher programs. These programs enable STC to promote commercialisation and entrepreneurship around next-generation innovations. As companies develop new and more advanced products, the incorporation of emerging technologies becomes increasingly important. Many sectors, like biotechnology, medical devices, life science and information technology, are converging around this rapidly growing core of cutting edge innovation. Encouraging the absorptive capacity within industry is a key focus for STC.

Product Development Mentors

Our industry leading mentor’s spectate the Rapid Fire Round and act as the judges for this stage. Mentor’s choose the teams they would most like to work with, forming a partnership for the remainder of the competition. Mentors offer a wealth of experience and knowledge, guiding their chosen contestants towards a successful business venture.

Erol Harvey

Erol is the co-founder and CEO of MiniFab, and has served on a number of local and federal Australian government committees. Erol has successfully combined a distinguished academic career and entrepreneurial spirit.

Grace Lethlean

Grace has spent 5 years as a Business Development Manager at Grey Innovation specialising in identifying promising ideas and moving these towards commercialisation.

Bill Hill

Bill is General Manager - Strategy and Business Development at Hydrix. He has 25 years of experience developing commercialisation strategies and leading teams to design award winning innovative products for clients. In 2016 he was a Commercialisation Expert Peer Reviewer for the NHMRC Development Grants.

Stephanie Miles

Stephanie is a Quality & Regulatory Specialist at Hydrix. Stephanie’s unique mix of clinical, engineering and insider TGA regulatory experience provides a holistic view and unique skillset that assists Hydrix’s clients to bring medical devices to market in the most swift and efficient manner

Nathan Ray

Nathan is the Systems Engineering Resource Manager at Planet Innovation, bringing the different disciplines of engineering together and focusing the solution on the need. Nathan has 17 years’ experience developing award winning medical products.

Paul Carboon

Paul leads Hydrix business development focus on the growing the Med Tech Eco system. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in R&D product/project development, with a significant Software/Electronics systems development background.

James John

Dr James John is a Senior Consultant at Planet Innovation. James has 10 years’ experience, in Australia and the UK, developing medical products from Smart Implants to Point of Care Diagnostics.

Luke Martin

Luke Martin is the Head of Strategy and Innovation for Tricycle Developments specialising in product development strategy and industrial design.

Gemma Ferguson

Gemma, a MedTech's Got Talent alumni and Project Manager at Planet Innovation, has expertise combining science, intellectual property and strategic innovation; making her uniquely positioned to advance product development in the medical technologies sector.

Scott Foster

Scott is a Senior Consultant at Hydrix specialising in medical electrical products. Scott has 10 years’ + experience in developing medical products for a range of diagnostic and treatment applications including high risk Class 3 devices for both local and international clients.

Rod Wiebenga

Rod is the Head of D+I Melbourne specialising in the industrial design, engineering and strategic development of a broad range of medical products and devices. With over 20 years consulting experience, Rod has successfully navigated great commercial outcomes for clients in a range of markets.

Gala Dinner Judges

The judging panel deciding the grand finalists at our Gala Dinner host a wealth of experience in both MedTech and commercialisation.

Kathy Connell

Senior Director of New Ventures, Johnson&Johnson

Erol Harvey

CEO, MiniFab

David Wright

Chairman, Improvement Foundation

David Jennings

Senior Regional Business Director, Medtronic

Tim Piper

Director, Australian Industry Group

Sue MacLeman

CEO, MTPConnect

Amanda Caples

Lead Scientist, Victoria

Clive Davenport

Chairman, STC