Published on 31 July 2013
An entrepreneur-in-residence with years of experience in intellectual property and commercialisation is now mentoring University of the Sunshine Coast students on how to turn their innovative business ideas into reality.
Dean Alle, 46, moved to Maroochydore in January from Sydney to take up a dual role at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and the University on campus at Sippy Downs.
Dr Alle said he was already involved in numerous exciting projects after six months working jointly with students and staff at the University and fledgling companies at the Innovation Centre.
“I’ve been meeting with USC staff and students to explore business concepts and strategies for implementation and growth,” he said.
“A number of students are building a range of small businesses, from collaborative engineering consultancies to online engagement platforms.”
Dr Alle moved from the role of CEO at BwiseIP, the company he founded in 2005 which provides intellectual property and commercialisation support to universities and research centres and is considered the largest independent consultancy of its type in Australia.
“I took advantage of the opportunity to explore new horizons and move with my family here to the Sunshine Coast, where I grew up,” he said.
“I have a real passion for new ideas and developing them into commercially viable ventures. This passion comes from a diverse history including roles at IP Australia, Australian Technology Park in Sydney and various research centres.”
Dr Alle is also teaching at USC and this semester is helping organise real-world opportunities for students of the New Venture Operation course.
“Teams of students will partner with local businesses to develop and implement new projects to grow the business and its capabilities,” he said.
“This course extends the reach of the Innovation Centre, engages small business and provides work-integrated learning benefits for businesses and students alike.”
Dr Alle, whose PhD was in Atomic and Molecular Physics, said he was enjoying advising, coaching and mentoring businesses at the Innovation Centre.
— Julie Schomberg