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11 October 2017

Rawlings takes Uniseed commercialisation role

The position will involve exploring commercialisation opportunities from government-owned research agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Uniseed, an Australia-based multi-university venturing fund, has appointed tech entrepreneur Natasha Rawlings as an investment manager based in Sydney, beginning October 23.

Rawlings will be liaising with commercialisation staff at Australian-government owned research agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Csiro), University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, among other local institutions.

Csiro works alongside universities and research institutions in disciplines such as data science while also participating in government initiatives like Queensland's Australian e-Health Research Centre.

Rawlings secured the position on the back of her experience launching and mentoring early and mid-stage startups. She was also appointed entrepreneur-in-residence of University of Sydney’s Incubate accelerator program in August 2017.

Rawlings had previously founded US-based mobile traffic monitor StreetHawk, and became CEO of Australia-based women entrepreneurs advocate Heads Over Heels in 2015.

She was also marketing director at US-based publisher International Masters Publishers between 2000 and 2005 and at Australia-based direct product marketing firm Guthy-Renker from 2008-2009.

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