Emerging businesses in the the Curtin University community have showcased a range of products they'd like to sell. 

Among the ideas was a novel integrated solar photovoltaic and thermal panel that generates both electricity and heat; software that uses statistical data to prevent cyberattacks; and a platform to quicken the home-buying process.

The event was the culmination of a free 10-week course called Curtin Accelerate that provided teams of Curtin students, staff and alumni with support and guidance to commercialise their business ideas.

Curtin University Director of Commercialisation, Rohan McDougall, said Accelerate – part of a pipeline of programs to support innovation and entrepreneurship at Curtin University – provided mentoring, seed funding and access to networks that assist early-stage business growth.

The program provided each team with $5000 in grant funding as well as structured mentoring, networking and practical advice on establishing and growing a successful start-up business.

Teams were also given use of co-working space, meeting rooms, IT infrastructure and had access to key industry contacts and networks, including commercialisation experts, investors and potential partners.

More than a solar panel

The integrated solar photovoltaic and thermal panel achieved a 300 per cent boost in energy output from a typical solar panel, in terms of electrical and thermal output. It reduced the complexities of existing photovoltaic-thermal systems while giving consumers greater flexibility in the way they use the generated heat.

Other applications for the technology include harvesting rain water, capturing atmospheric condensate and district heating.

Cyber software

Staff from the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Science created software to prevent cyber-attacks similar to the attack on the Australian Census website in 2017. They harnessed powerful statistical techniques to identify and filter malicious traffic while keeping the online service running.

The perfect plot

A team of Curtin alumni also devised a system that provides on demand, real-time land data for builders to help quicken the home-buying process. The platform reduces the time and effort involved in finding the perfect place to build a home. Landguide has already emerged as one of the largest land listing portals in Western Australia.

Returning to work

A staff member also created a service to make it easier for women to return to work after parental leave. The service aims to help employers address gaps in their gender equity policies and practices.

Find out more about the Curtin Accelerate program here.

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