How your business will benefit
  • Receive innovative and evidence based solutions to business problems

  • Increase collaboration with all five WA universities to ensure research outcomes are relevant to industry

  • Build your public profile by promoting your organisation to academic, government and community settings

  • Obtain strong return on investment through saving on consultancy fees and staff time

  • Recruit outstanding PhD graduates as future employees

“iPREP can provide an effective and low-risk pathway for bringing new employees into the organisation, where we get to see how a particular student functions within our working environment prior to potentially recruiting them as an employee.”

 - Michael Garrett, Cinglevue, Head of Research and Innovation

What is required to engage in the program?

Project idea that would fit within a 7 week scope

Provide a mentor from the organisation who can commit at least 2 hours per week during the 7 week program

Contribute a minimum of 50% to the award for successful students selected for your team (engagement costs and benefits below)

Industry partners may be from business, government or community ranging from start up's and SME's, through to large corporations and government departments


7 week placement will run from

late Feb 2021 (dates to be advised)

  • Includes student mentoring for health-related projects by: 



The selection process

Submit expression of interest

Each university will advertise the opportunity to eligible PhD students 

iPREP WA will select students who possess the skill set matched to your project and will send to each organisation for review

Mentor to attend student pitch night to help with the selection process

Select preferred students and submit to iPREP WA for confirmation

Organise workplace induction and HR for students if required

Submit company/ project web profile to iPREP WA


​​Upcoming iPREP Biodesign rounds will have the option of 

either a face-to-face or virtual delivery 


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Engagement Costs & Benefits

$10,000+ GST Partnership 

  • Team of 3 PhD students for 7 weeks full-time

  • Prominent position of logo and link to company website on iPREP home page, industry partner page and promotional materials 

  • Project profile and short video on iPREP website 

  • Opportunity to include promotional flyer in induction pack 

  • Banner to be displayed at final celebration event

Startup and not-for-profit iPREP WA Sponsorship Opportunity 

  • 50% off for eligible startups and not-for-profits ($5000+GST) 

  • All applications will be assessed


Have a project in mind but would like to speak to someone first? We're happy to discuss so give us a shout!

Narelle Jones


P: 6304 2069

Dr Darren Hughes, Managing Director


“Laconik's vision is to disrupt agriculture by investing in technologies that inspire people to think differently. By partnering with iPREP WA we are achieving this vision. Laconik was fortunate enough to work with three PhD students who all contributed their skills and experience to solving a real problem in agriculture; namely, the inefficient use of fertiliser. Developed by students in the iPREP program, Laconik can now offer Australian farmers new technology that will improve decisions about fertilisers. I encourage any organisation considering partnering with iPREP to get involved. It has made a real and substantial contribution to the future success of Laconik."