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ATSE Pre-Dinner Talk: Dr Sarah Pearson, CEO of the CBR Innovation Network

Connecting, promoting and accelerating an innovation ecosystem – the growth of the CBR Innovation Network and what’s next

The CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) was set up by the ACT Government to diversify the Canberra economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. Five Foundation Members (ANU, UC, UNSW Canberra, CSIRO, and NICTA) partnered with the ACT Government to deliver the network.

Since it began, the number of startups in Canberra has increased, new programs have been designed and delivered to support startup growth, more than 12,000 people have been to the CBRIN space for various events, and their monthly networking sessions attract around 150 – 250 participants across the whole ecosystem each month. CBRIN is known as innovation doers, delivering impact rapidly, and their innovation advice is sought broadly. This presentation will be presented by Dr Sarah Pearson and will tell the story of CBRIN’s genesis, its first 18 months, and what they are aiming for next.

Dr Sarah Pearson is currently CEO of the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN), an entity set up recently to transform the ACT economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. CBRIN is a collaboration between six universities, education, and research institutes, growing an innovation ecosystem covering startups, SMEs, MNCs and government.

She is also a Board Director on 11 Boards, panels and committees covering manufacturing, industry peak bodies, social innovation, international development, angel investment and STEM support.

Sarah’s eclectic career has spanned industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication, from the University of Oxford to McKinsey, Cadbury, and ANU. She has published extensively and is an author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionery.