Success stories to inspire next generation of innovators

Monday, 13 May 2002

TWO of South Australia's most successful entrepreneurs will be sharing their secrets on innovation, commercialisation and turning knowledge into wealth at the University of Adelaide this Saturday, May 18.

Part of the Australian Innovation Festival (sponsored by the Federal Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources), the morning event will feature guest speakers Chris Beare, Founding CEO and Chairman of Radiata, and Dr Patricia Crook AO, Managing Director of Dynek Pty Ltd and President of Business SA.

Hosted by the University of Adelaide's Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation program, the event is aimed at fanning the flames of innovation among South Australia's would-be entrepreneurs.

"Chris Beare and Patricia Crook are two of the best examples of innovation and success in South Australia, and their lectures will be informative and inspirational to anyone considering a path in entrepreneurship," says Joanne Pimlott, Director of Innovation & Commercialisation Programs at the University of Adelaide.

"We hope to show others, through Chris and Patricia's experience, what can be achieved in this State."

Chris Beare's story centres on his three-year-old start-up, Radiata, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in November 2000 for $567 million dollars. Chris will also discuss technology spin-offs from public institutions, his acquisition experience, preparing for venture capital and competing against US giants.

Patricia Crook will talk about how to develop an international company from South Australia, how to be export focused from the beginning, tips for technology-based companies, innovation in product development and marketing, and the role of continuous R&D.

When Saturday, May 18, 9.00am-1:30pm
Where Rennie Lecture Theatre (Room G29) Johnson Labs
University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
Cost $10 payable on the day (morning tea provided)
RSVP email: or phone 8303 6322 by
Thursday, May 16

Places are limited so please book early


Contact Details

Joanne Pimlott
Director ECIC
Business: +61 8 8313 5442
Mobile: 0413 701 400

Shane Cheek
Project officer
Business: +61 8 8313 5183