Profile of Supporters

The engaged and experiential teaching practices employed in the Innovation and Enterprise Program relies on enthusiasm and support from industry and the entrepreneurial community.

Student engagement with inspiring leaders, mentors, real-world projects, innovators and entrepreneurs develops their understanding of the complexities and practicalities of running a business.

These engaged teaching methods are supported by our outreach activities. Students are offered the opportunity to further enhance their learning through experience in, and engagement with the broader community. They develop leadership, cultural awareness, social responsibility and change agility.

It is thanks to the following supporters that the Innovation and Enterprise Program is able to provide such a rich educational and research environment.

Sandy Beard, CEO and Director, CVC Limited
Awards and Scholarship Donor, Guest Speaker, and Panelist

Sandy Beard is the CEO and Director of CVC Limited an ASX listed diversified investment company. He has extensive expertise and experience working in partnership with the management of both listed and unlisted investee companies, particularly in environmental investing. He is a Director of a several companies including Cellnet Limited, Mercury Mobility Limited, CVC Property Fund, CVC Private Equity Limited, CVC Sustainable Investments Limited, and a Non-Executive Director of Green's General Foods.

Sandy holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Sandy has been a long term supporter of the Innovation and Enterprise Program at the University of Sydney. From 2007 to 2009 he funded the award for Best Performance in New Business Opportunities and Start-ups, and Honours Scholarships in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Sandy's engagement extends beyond funding support, as he also involves his staff as guest speakers, and mentors for a broad portfolio of students. The Genesis business plan competition was also privy to his expertise as a member on their judging panel.

Lorne Wood-Roe, Partner, Adams Pluck
Awards Donor, Guest Speaker and Panelist

Lorne Wood-Roe is a Partner of Adams Pluck, the Sydney based patent and trade mark firm. He is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks attorney with over 12 years experience. With a broad background in mechanics, electronics, physics and computing, Lorne deals with patent matters across a wide range of technologies including mechanical devices of all types, medical equipment, and computer hardware and software. Lorne has a personal interest in sustainable living and works closely with companies involved with renewable energy, water re-use and conservation.

Lorne takes a personal interest in education and is strongly involved with the Intellectual Property Management unit. He personally presents to the students and has funded the award for Best Performance for three years. The Genesis business plan competition has also seen Lorne as a judge on their panel.

David Anstice, Former Senior Executive, MERCK
MERCK Research Project

David Anstice retired as a senior executive from Merck & Co. Inc. in September 2008. Merck is a world leader in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription medicines and vaccines. He joined the company in 1974 and progressed to the position of President for several different regions including The Americas, Asia Pacific, and Japan. In 1990, he joined Merck's Executive Committee, the Company's senior management team commencing.

David currently sits on a number of advisory councils pertaining to American-Australian relations, and is associated with a variety of University boards including the Chairman and President of the University of Sydney USA Foundation. He is also a non-executive Director of two companies, CSL Limited, based in Melbourne, Australia (ASX), and Alkermes, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (NASDAQ).

David championed the The MERCK Foundation grant of $550,000 to IERG to research the lifecycle development of IP-rich Australian firms as they innovate, globalise and grow.

Allan Aaron, Managing Director, Technology Venture Partners
Guest Speaker and Panelist

Allan Aaron is the Managing Director of Technology Venture Partners. He is a regular guest speaker, and panelist for student businesses pitches in the Innovation and Enterprise Program units. Students gain practical insights from Allan's background in engineering and management consulting, and well as his current knowledge of the technology industry and entrepreneurial practices. His time and expertise is invaluable to student learning.

WRAYS Patent Attorneys, Sydney, Joe Seisdedos, Senior Associate
Adjunct lecturer, RARE Program pro-bono support

WRAYS are market leaders with expertise in all areas of intellectual property (IP). Joe Seisdedos, a Senior Associate at WRAYS, has been engaged with the Innovation and Enterprise Program since 2008 as an adjunct lecturer delivering expert industry knowledge to postgraduate students undertaking the Intellectual Property Management unit. WRAYS is now also supporting our Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE) Program. Joe and his team provide Intellectual Property (IP) workshops for RARE students to enable identification of IP challenges or opportunities, and pro-bono support directly to the enterprises RARE engages with. This support will assist our remote and rural partners maximise value from the IP they generate.

Thyne Reid Foundation
RARE Program, Not-for-Profit Scholarship for Global EMBA

The Thyne Reid Foundation was created by the late Andrew Thyne Reid in 1944 and 1955. The Foundation encourages and supports projects in the fields of medicine, science, creative arts, environment, education, social and community needs.

The RARE (Remote and Rural Enterprise) Program received start-up funding from the Thyne Reid Foundation, which has underwritten the initial student-community engagements and funded the crucial administration activities. The Thyne Reid Foundation also funds the Not-For-Profit Scholarship for the Global Executive MBA.

RARE Program

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is an Australian Government department that delivers a broad range of social policy outcomes. The RARE Program received funding to engage with a range of CDEP-Indigenous Social Ventures, and support their development through student action-research projects and community engagement.

Developing Entrepreneurial Women: Building female entrepreneurial skills for small to medium enterprises (SME) in ASEAN countries.

AusAID (the Australian Agency for International Development) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The aid program assists developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.

The program, Developing Entrepreneurial Women: Building female entrepreneurial skills for small to medium enterprises (SME) in ASEAN countries, is funded by AusAID from June 2011 to June 2013.

Innovation Capital
Genesis (student business plan competition)

Innovation Capital is a leading Australian venture capitalist, investing in early to mid stage companies.

Their portfolio focuses on innovative Australian technology companies which present global opportunities in the medical device, telecommunications, IT, engineering, clean-tech and biotech fields.

Innovation Capital's team comprises entrepreneurs and executives with exceptional personal track records in founding and building technology driven businesses. It is their real-world entrepreneurial experience that enables them to provide deep hands-on support to investee companies, while at the same time managing risk and maximizing investor returns.

Innovation Capital has been instrumental in supporting the Sydney Genesis Competition since its inception. The company has sponsored the Best Innovation Capital Award since 2008, and company representatives also contribute their time and expertise as judges on the panel at the final presentations.

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
Genesis (student business plan competition) Mentors

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 57 chapters across 14 countries. TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

TiE provides mentoring to the finalists in the Genesis student business plan competition, to develop and refine the student's ideas. They also sit on the Genesis judging panel.

SEFA - Social Enterprise Finance Australia
Research funding

Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been established to provide finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Integral to this business objective is a commitment to helping its customers build their capacity to manage debt and become financially sustainable over time. SEFA seeks to create positive social and environmental impact in addition to financial returns.

SEFA brings together Australian and international corporate and other entities with proven track records in the social enterprise sector. Current commercial and enterprise partners are Triodos of the Netherlands, Community Sector Banking (joint venture of Bendigo Bank), the Macquarie Group Foundation, The NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Bush Heritage Australia, The University of Sydney Business School's, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research Group, Mallesons Stephen Jaques , and the Institute of Strategic Management.

Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF)
RARE Program

Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation was established as a family charitable trust in 1962 and is now one of the larger family foundations in Australia, having distributed more than $90 million since establishment. VFFF mission is to help disadvantaged young people reach their educational and social potential, enhance services and opportunities for rural and regional communities and support a resilient and sustainable agricultural sector, and support a spiritually rich society that values Christian faith in action.

RARE is the thankful recipient of a VFFF grant, supporting its development and growth through student placement scholarships, the hosting of an Annual Gathering of participants to showcase progress and share lessons learnt, and staff engagement trips amongst others.