Momentum is a national programme which operates along side Return On Science, and is a member of the Commercialisation Partner Network.
Momentum is formed of student-led Investment Committees with a focus on start -up ventures, particularly those originating from student intellectual property. The Momentum Investment Committees are regionally based and support projects from multiple tertiary institutes, and the private sector.
The Investment Committees are formed of an independent Chair, tertiary students, and some longitudinally experienced investors, and entrepreneurs. Each Momentum Investment Committee has a majority of student members. Investment Committee members are highly diverse from their backgrounds, to their chosen academic field, to the perspectives that they bring to the project teams. This allows the committees to provide advice and support to a wide range of start up technologies.
Momentum Investment Committees provide presenting teams with advice, support and investment. Teams comprised of students and staff of either tertiary education institutes or Crown Research Institutes are able to access these investment committees without charge. Private companies are also able to utilise the expertise of the Momentum Investment Committees for a nominal fee.
Projects and ventures may be brought to a Momentum Investment Committee at any point throughout their development process, from idea to company. We also encourage teams to return to the Investment Committees more than once to better benefit from the Momentum Process.