Turning innovative ideas into commercial products

The Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise programme is providing students from a variety of backgrounds with practical knowledge of the industry.

Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise logoExploring ways to fund quality journalism online is one of the projects students have been working on this year as part of a practical Master’s programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Alex Clark joins other students from multidisciplinary industries and backgrounds enrolled in the Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise (MATE) programme, focused on d eveloping products or services with commercial application.

Supervised by Dr Brenda Chawner from the School of Information Management, Alex is leading a team to develop a platform that allows people to purchase an online package of news from several publishers.

“The market research that I undertook within the programme provided me with industry-leading insights, allowing me to engage with some of the largest news organisations in New Zealand and the United States,” says Alex.

Students are given the skills and freedom to actively work on real projects while also meeting weekly with mentors, and may receive some funding towards development of their products.

Another project, led by Christina Houlihan who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, is focused on developing a biomaterial that acts as a scaffold for bone growth. She says the MATE programme has been instrumental in guiding the exploration of the commercial potential of the medical technology.

“MATE offers a springboard into the science commercialisation realm, which has allowed me to build connections in the industry and gain experience of what I would like to do for a career,” she says.

“It also sped up the process, I didn’t need to go through the traditional method of get a Master’s in Science and then a PhD in order to develop my career in science commercialisation.”

Applications for the 2015 Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise close on Friday 10 January.

For more information visit www.victoria.ac.nz/mate or contact Jenny Douché, Programme Director, on 021 126 5555 or jenny.douche@vuw.ac.nz