Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 16–18 November 2021 2021

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Dr Natasha Teakle

Commercialisation Facilitator, Accelerating Commercialisation (AusIndustry - Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources)

Dr Natasha Teakle


Funding Opportunities for Accelerating Business Growth Using Strategic Collaborations and Entrepreneurial Mindset


Tash is part of a WA farming family and spent 8 years as an agricultural researcher and lecturer at the University of Western Australia, University of Glasgow, University of Southern California, and University of Sydney.

She is an experienced trainer and facilitator and has spent the last 7 years leading strategic research and innovation projects in WA. Tash founded iPREP WA in 2014, a unique program involving researchers from all 5 WA universities undertaking projects in industry, which won the 2017 Australian Council of Graduate Research award for industry engagement and was a finalist in the Premier’s Science awards in 2016.

She was also Chief Examiner for the Plant Productions ATAR exam for 5 years. She has been a WA Innovator of the Year awards judge since 2016 and was on the judging panel for the Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship awards in 2018. She has a PhD in Plant Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1st Class Hons), and has qualifications in university teaching, research commercialisation, leadership, and corporate governance (graduate of the AICD).