The Grand Challenge is made possible with support from the Centre for Technology Infusion and La Trobe Accelerator Program.
Centre for Technology Infusion
The Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) is La Trobe’s top-tier Research and Development (R&D) Centre.
The CTI's core expertise is in the design and development of Sensor systems, Micro Chips, Wired/Wireless Systems, System Integration and Complex Data Analytics.
Clients come to the Centre to apply new technologies to existing problems, which usually starts with a feasibility verification and can consequently result in prototype development, field trials, market ready development and integration with legacy systems.
Blue Chip standards
CTI has established industry standard R&D infrastructure to support research and technology development in these areas, including an eco-system of the world’s best delivery partners.
The Centre has a strong track-record of delivering award-winning field ready solutions with our Proven Risk Elimination Methodology. Their current clients are with them for four or more years.
All CTI’s projects are in collaboration with industry partners and their teams are predominantly externally funded and in selected cases take even equity in start-ups.
As an R&D Centre they know that the creation of new products is a journey which can take unexpected turns. The Centre takes responsibility to alert clients of alternate routes and has the flexibility to accommodate redirections.
La Trobe Accelerator Program
The La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP) is a university led accelerator program that helps transform good ideas into viable businesses. LTAP promotes and supports the development of start-ups from within the broader regional community of Victoria and La Trobe University i.e. students, staff and alumni groups. It offers resources such as equity free funding, business acumen and tailored, dedicated support to help entrepreneurs, tech-innovators and start-ups to pursue their goals and ventures. By engaging regional businesses, Victorian communities, students and researchers, into a single network, LTAP strengthened its commitment to outstanding entrepreneurship, research and innovation in 2017.
Unique program structure
We select the top founders from across all La Trobe University campuses, and anyone who has previously been associated with La Trobe University. Each team receives 1:1 coaching from mentors dedicated to individual teams.
Start-up teams can receive up go $20,000 funding (no equity taken). We have a strong program of investor preparation and can introduce you to venture capital firms.
As part of the program, start-ups benefit from:
- office resources
- business advise from program partners.
Successful start-up teams are expected to:
- devote a significant amount of time to their start-up over the incubation period
- work at our dedicated co-working spaces on the campuses
- utilise the mentoring and coaching available through the program.
Our Collaborative Model
LTAP’s governance model and source of funding allows LTAP to attract the best and brightest into the program regardless of where the ideas originate.
LTAP's collaborative model enables a range of initiatives, including:
- joint pitching forums, joint public forums and close interaction and collaboration between LTAP and other accelerators
- the ability to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem across regional Victoria
- establishing strategic alliances with key commercial partners.
La Trobe School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SEMS) provides an integrated network of high-level research expertise across engineering, computing sciences and the mathematical sciences. There are active research groups in: manufacturing, civil, electronic and electrical engineering, signal processing, sensors, internet of things, artificial intelligence and image processing, information systems, virtual and augmented reality, data science, statistics and mathematics.
In addition to CTI itself, SEMS also embeds the La Trobe Cyber Hub (cybersecurity centre) and the planned Cisco Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. The most recent Excellence in Research Assessment exercise conducted by the Australian Research Council, rated six distinct areas at or above world average: civil engineering (well above); information systems (above); artificial intelligence and image processing (above); pure mathematics (above); statistics (above); applied mathematics (world standard).
La Trobe Business School
La Trobe Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
La Trobe Business School conducts research across a wide range of discipline areas and is recognised as a world leader in several areas by the Australian Government in its recent Excellence in Research Australia assessment. It rates “well above world standard” for Banking, Finance and Investment, while Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Business and Management, Tourism, Economics and Applied Economics are all “at world standard” (ERA 2018-2019).
La Trobe Business School is home to a number of cross-disciplinary research centres. These centres are engaged with community, industry and international experts in business and management. The purpose of the centres is to further expert knowledge in their respective fields.
LBS has research strengths in:
- Corporate social responsibility, governance and business ethics
- Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
- Financial reporting and taxation
- Critical social and sustainability accounting
- Asset pricing and investment
- Financial market microstructure and information
- Financial econometrics
- Social marketing