Griffith University believes innovation and entrepreneurship are key skills for every career, whether you are starting your own business, an intrapraneur in a corporate organisation or problem solving as a teacher, surgeon or designer.

During a recent field trip, Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle accompanied students studying 2043MKT Entrepreneurship and New Business Ventures and 3031IBA Griffith Innovation Challenge to Griffith University’s ADaPT 1.0 where they heard from Technical Manager, Derek Smith about adaptive manufacturing and technology advancements and the commercialisation of research.

Based on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, ADaPT brings together multi-disciplinary expertise across Griffith University in collaboration with leading industry partners to push the boundaries in advanced design, prototyping and new materials, in what is called the ‘next industrial revolution’ or Industry 4.0.

Following this visit, the students then attended a talk at CoHort where Murray Galbraith, Head of Innovation talked about his entrepreneurial journey. Student were taken on a tour of the premises by the Marketing and Communications Manager, Ariana Margetts.

Also based on the Gold Coast, COHORT is a collaboration space for incubators, entrepreneurs, accelerators, mentors and investors aimed at building a stronger entrepreneurial community in the region.

The day finished off with a talk on Intellectual Property by Rebecca Slater who is a Senior Associate at King and Wood Mallesons.