I just read Commonwealth Commercialisation Institute – Government Calls For Comments over at TechNation which mentioned that the Commonwealth Commercialisation Institue (CCI) had opened it’s kimono for public comment.
From the CCI website:
As announced in the 2009-10 Budget, the Australian Government is establishing a Commonwealth Commercialisation Institute to provide a radical new approach to commercialising the best Australian research.
The Institute will support talented researchers, entrepreneurs and innovative firms to take their research and ideas to the marketplace.
You can contribute to the stakeholder input by completing the online form on this website. It is recommended that you read the Discussion Paper on the background and policy principles of the Institute before completing the online form.
This is great for two reasons:
- They’ve started moving on getting the the money to those ideas that have potential. In particular, opening it to the public for comments and a chance to influence how the Institute will operate.
- They’re using social media (in this case a blog) to get it out to the widest audience possible. It’s great to see the government’s continued push to use the web as a valuable resource.
Great work. I beleive that Australia needs to get focused on fostering its entrepreneurial spirit and this is a step in the right direction.
Now I’ll have to try and contribute.