Members of the Noisy Guts Project team were delighted to participate in CSIRO's ON Accelerate Bootcamp, 29-30th November in Sydney. With a high barrier to entry, the team were immensely proud to get through to Bootcamp - a 2-day challenge designed to select teams for the 12-week accelerator program.
19 teams from CSIRO and 9 universities working on some of the most exciting research ideas in the country were involved.
The take-away lessons from the Noisy Guts Project team were:
- the value of the "what if..." exercise to build a massive vision and impact.
- the importance of continuously developing, practising and refining our "Gaddie pitch" so that each team member can easily and articulately explain our big idea to others.
- the multiple layers of the value proposition canvas. Previously, the team had identified our problem-solution fit but facilitator David Ireland pushed the team to detangle the value exchanges within our ecosystem. This was complicated and messy, but well worth the effort. The team has got much to do in this space to achieve clarity and, if selected, hopes to make further progress on this during ON Accelerate program.
- You never know where or when the learning will happen. As well as the a-ha moment during the session with facilitator Ian Brown on fundable events, the team were offered some excellent learning opportunities with mentors, especially Allira Hudson-Gofers, Liza Dunne, Greg Riebe, Alyse Sue, Anthony Musumeci, Hugo Lemmessurier, Tracie Clarke, Sherman Mak and others. The team really appreciated the advice and questions from mentors, especially those questions they couldn't answer. Those questions are gold!
Teams were judged according to their dynamics, motivation, learning velocity, acceleration readiness and prototype. Winners will be announced on Friday 8th December. Our fingers are crossed for the Noisy Guts Project, as well as the other UWA team - Inflamark. Good luck!
If you want to find out more about the ON programs or the Noisy Guts Project, please contact Josephine Muir on firstname.lastname@example.org