We believe that there are two halves to innovation...
Research turning money into ideas, and commercialisation turning ideas back into money
We specialise in the commercialisation of research from universities and other institutions that can be applied to the future of advanced materials and manufacturing.
We do this over a 12 month commercialisation process where our team provides end-to-end support to help individuals, universities, research centres, existing companies and corporate spinouts build and grow companies, to bring their innovations, research and ideas to market.
Our team consists of dedicated entrepreneurs and professionals
Derrick is the CEO of Innovyz. After emigrating from South Africa 23 years ago, Derrick has had a career that has included senior management positions at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as well as heading up the Wealth Management division at Ord Minnett, one of Australia’s biggest independent brokerage houses. Derrick has broad National and State experience, and additionally has a successful track record in Organisational and culture change.
Stuart is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Innovyz & Innovyz Institute. He also co-founded SME Growth Capital and is a self-professed Habitual Entrepreneur. Having started and grown a company several times, Stuart became interested in the process of identifying, funding, and then commercialising breakthrough ideas and innovations. Stuart initially co-founded SME Growth Capital to help companies get the capital they needed for growth.
Brett is the Co-founder and Executive Chair of Innovyz. Brett Jackson has more than 25 years of commercialisation experience in New Zealand and Australia, encompassing business building, value propositions, team development, and business growth.
Tom is the General Manager of Innovyz Capital. Previously the Minister for Innovation and the Minister for Science in the South Australian State Government, Tom has a deep understanding of the landscape for future science and innovation initiatives. Tom's key strengths include strategy, communication, and an understanding of science and technology and the future use of these to effect meaningful economic change.
Christine is the Business Manager of the Innovyz Group. Christine is the Business Manager at Innovyz. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has worked as Project Manager/Operations Manager/Finance Manager in both Industry and Academia, running her own business for over 10 years. She has the proven ability to analyse, plan and implement programs of development and change in large corporates or SME’s.
Wiehann is a Commercialisation Manager at Innovyz. Wiehann is an experienced manager and leader capable of empowering efficient business practices and systems by implementing creative, innovative and coordinated approaches that support senior executives by achieving business objectives.
Nick is a Commercialisation Manager at Innovyz. Nick is a dedicated business and general management professional with over 20 years experience gained from corporate consultancies, engineering, NFP’s and Government Enterprises.
Andy is a Commercialisation Manager at Innovyz. Andy was formerly the CEO of the Water Industry Alliance (WIA) and has over 15 years of experience of working with and advising a range of both small and big business and government as clients. In previous roles, Andy has account managed software and engineering contracts for a wide range of clients.
Jesse is the Research Assistant at Innovyz.
Ari is the communications trainee at Innovyz.
Great ideas matter
These ideas are important to national economies, fulfil human needs, solve big problems, and drive our lives and communities forward. It is these ideas that we look for, where we choose to focus our support. We operate across multiple industry categories and particularly focus on Ideas That Really Matter. Despite the potential impact of an idea, it needs to be established and nurtured, in order to grow.
Innovyz builds process and company structure, and assembles teams to rapidly commercialise and scale innovations, research and ideas. Great companies that Innovyz or our programs have assisted can be found below.