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CBR Innovation Network excited to host the US Ambassador to Australia, John Berry, and to showcase Canberra’s innovation ecosystem.

John Berry, American Ambassador to Australia, visited the CBR Innovation Network on Friday, the 12th of August, 2016, and explored the myriad of innovation and entrepreneurship arising from the space. Ambassador Berry also visited the Griffin Accelerator and the Entry 29 co-working space, both of which are collocated with the CBR Innovation Network, on the fifth of the ACT Government Health Building, One Moore Street, Canberra.

Ambassador John Berry engages SignOnSite, a successful, Canberra based startup

Ambassador Berry engages SignOnSite, a successful, Canberra based startup.

CBR Innovation Network acts to connect, promote and accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems of the Australian Capital Territory and surrounds. The CBR Innovation Network achieves its goals of supporting and nurturing Canberra’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through a number of initiatives, including its incubator, the Kiln Incubator.

The CBR Innovation Network has the following Foundation Member organisations: the Australian National University, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Data61, the University of Canberra, the Canberra Institute of Technology and the University of New South Wales Canberra. The CBR Innovation Network is also supported by the ACT Government, and it has Gold Sponsorships arrangements with King & Wood Mallesons and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Ambassador Berry met a wide variety of members of Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, including the following: entrepreneurs and innovators, including this previous participants of the Griffin Accelerator program; the start-ups and SME’s utilising the Entry 29 co-working space; established entrepreneurs and investors and representatives of both the ACT Government and the CBR Innovation Network’s Foundation Members.

 CBR innovation Network, CEO, Dr Sarah Pearson speaks with Harry Frost of WIN News Canberra.


Dr Sarah Pearson, CEO, CBR Innovation Network, speaks with Harry Frost of WIN News Canberra.

Mr Berry spoke highly of both the CBR Innovation Network and Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, “We were involved in the creation of the CBR Innovation Network, now some twenty months ago. I then visited the Network eighteen months ago, it’s fantastic to see how far both the Network and Canberra’s innovation ecosystem have advanced in the time since my last visit.”

Ambassador Berry

US Australian Ambassador, John Berry.

Dr Sarah Pearson, CEO, CBR Innovation Network, commented on Ambassador Berry’s visit, “CBR Innovation Network is delighted to host Ambassador Berry. The US is a crucial partner, market and enabler for Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, its entrepreneurs and its innovators.” Dr Pearson also spoke of the value the CBR Innovation Network places on its collaborations with the United States’ Australian Embassy, in particular, a recent collaboration, Canberra Space Camp.

Canberra Space Camp is an event that encourages Canberra’s high school students in space sciences, the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and introduces them to Canberra’s burgeoning space industry. The inaugural Canberra Space Camp event is being held on September 30, 2016, run by the Canberra YMCA, the event will be centred around the theme of ‘A Mission to Mars’.

Ambassador Berry’s visit to the CBR Innovation Network was covered by WIN News Canberra.