Emily Sullivan BSc, BCA

Entrepreneurship Manager

Emily is responsible for developing, co-ordinating and delivering a range of programmes and initiatives that help to foster an innovative, entrepreneurial culture across every faculty at Victoria University of Wellington.

With extensive experience working alongside entrepreneurs (from ideation to start-up and stay-up) and academics, Emily’s collaborative approach means she has an appreciation of the wide variety of challenges facing innovators in a university context.

Researchers who are curious about innovation or developing themselves as an entrepreneur should get in touch with Emily. She’d be happy to chat about professional development aimed at researchers (and their research groups) and outline how Wellington UniVentures can support their development. Wellington UniVentures also works closely with ambitious students and early career academics looking to amplify their potential.

Emily studied a BSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology, and a BCA in Management at Victoria University of Wellington. Her roles as a Patent Examiner, as a Science Support Co-ordinator across 3 very different science platforms at Industrial Research Ltd (now known as Callaghan Innovation), as the Centre Manager at The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and as a Research Funding Advisor helping to develop grant applications for Victoria means she understands both research and commercialisation in a unique way, and has a knack for getting her head around complex technologies.

Previously at Wellington UniVentures Emily has run ideation events to support the development of new business ideas, most notably the Climathon and Startup Weekends, as well as being primarily responsible for the successful the pre-accelerator programme the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp. The keys to the success with all this work was an inventor focus – working with the people involved to develop customised approaches to support their professional development.