Science Entrepreneurship

In Australia, it is challenging for entrepreneurial scientists to establish enterprises to commercialise science-based innovation.

Like our namesake, we’re committed to supporting leadership initiatives that grapple with issues that are germane to Australia’s future. Hence our commitment to raising the profile and importance of support for Australian entrepreneurial science and technology start-ups.

Menzies Science Entrepreneur Program

In partnership with the Medtech Actuator, the Foundation is incubating a ‘talent investor’ approach which supports high potential science entrepreneurs to transition from institutional contexts and navigate the ‘funding and resource cliff’ between research and the development of investable enterprises.

The key objectives of the program are to:

  • Anchor a collaborative partnership to build a great understanding of what helps and hinders Australian science start-ups and share these insights to contribute to knowledge regarding the opportunities, barriers and impediments in Australian science entrepreneurship.
  • Support outstanding science entrepreneurs in the early stages of commercialisation to take their science to scale
  • Improve Australia’s innovation performance by helping aspiring scientists to build their entrepreneurial competencies and more effectively collaborate with industry and the broader innovation system.

Join The Leaders Pledge

Together we can inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders to address some of the biggest challenges of our time.

We thank you for your valuable investment and contribution to Science Entrepreneurship.

The Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 with funding from a public appeal, supplemented by government investment, to commemorate the life and achievements of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister. We are a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that relies on donations and bequests to supplement our investment income.

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Limited is a philanthropic trust listed under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.