How to Develop Effective Strategic Partnerships

1 Apr 2022 from 12:00pm - 12:00pm

Level up your industry engagement and commercialisation skills with PD+ Webinars

This webinar explores how existing collaborations can be turned into a long-term, mutually beneficial strategic partnership.

What you'll learn

  • Lifecycle of strategic partnerships
  • Initiating strategic partnerships
  • Key questions for companies
  • What business goals drive your University partnerships
  • Value propositions
  • Strategic partnership canvas
  • Nurturing and managing partnerships
  • Building resilience to conflict and change
  • Keys to success

Who should attend

  • PhD students
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Early and mid-career researchers
  • Industry-engaged academics
  • Industry-engaged professional staff

What you'll experience

PD+ is a free weekly webinar series that takes place every Friday from 12-1 PM. It is the perfect way to lunch and level up your industry engagement and commercialisation skills.


Nick McNaughton is a highly experienced CEO who has been a successful entrepreneur, 导师, investor, and fund manager. Nick started his career in the software industry where he specialised in bringing US vendors into the Asia / Pacific region. He spent extensive time living and working in Asia. He has been a successful angel investor for over two decades. Successes include Soulmates Technology, Zookoda, Vocus (ASX:VOC) & Windlab (ASX:WND).

He is a veteran of the University IP commercialisation field. He is the part-time CEO of ANU Connect Ventures a $37M seed investment fund (owned by the Australian National University and MTAA Super). He has reviewed and assessed a wide array of ideas, inventions, and discoveries. The fund invested in several successful companies including Lithicon (Trade sale FEI), InterfereX (Trade sale – NYSE: Dolby), Instaclustr, Liquid Instruments, and EpiAxis Therapeutics. He led the initiative by the Group of Eight & the University of Auckland to partner with the IP Group to open their Asia / Pacific office in A/NZ. He has also had extensive interactions with the applied technology Universities (UTS, Wollongong, 迪肯皇冠线上买球, and Macquarie). He is the Chairman of the Discovery Translation Fund evaluation committee (ANU, University of Canberra, CSU) and spent 18 months on the UTS Commercialisation Advisory Panel.


Event is free but registration is essential.

The PD+ webinar series is brought to you by the University of Newcastle's Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise (KEE) and Campus Plus. Find out about upcoming PD+ webinars and catch up on recordings of previous PD+ webinars at the Research Advantage Knowledge Hub.


What is KEE?

The University of Newcastle's Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise (KEE) is responsible for facilitating impact within our regions through intellectual property commercialisation, business development, and entrepreneurship. KEE works with researchers and industry to identify and facilitate high-value licenses and research collaborations, in addition to supporting pre-startups, startups, and scale-up companies.


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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.