Dr Siobhan Jordan, Director of Interface Scotland shares her success story on connecting businesses with universities.
Speaking to more than 80 attendees at the recent RMIT University Business Lecture Series, Jordan shared her journey as a former engineer to starting Interface in 2005 to simplify businesses experience of working with academia.
Interface acts as a matchmaker between businesses and academia to enable research and development, entrepreneurship and innovation.
“The business statistics speak volumes of the relationship benefits, as 79% of Interface clients have or will increase their turnover, with 60% increasing their research and development activity,” Jordan said.
Interface has facilitated 180 projects across all sectors and regions each year has introduced over 2000 businesses to academic partners.
Caryl Hertz, Senior Manager, Enterprise Group said seeing Interface work so seamlessly in Scotland really gives a great benchmark for RMIT to work with industry and businesses for the future.
“Given the current emphasis on industry and university research collaboration it is both timely and inspiring to hear what Interface has been able to achieve in driving innovation across industry and researchers in the UK,” Hertz said.
“We are grateful to veski for bringing Dr Jordan to Australia as the 2015 veski resident to share her expertise and to EY for hosting this very informative event.”
The College of Business hosts the RMIT Business Lecture Series in partnership with Ernst and Young and veski.
The series is aimed at promoting innovation in the Victorian business and academic communities by providing a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas and experiences and a vehicle for the development of networks between business, government and academic.
Story: Rita Truong