After 16 years as The University of Western Australia’s Principal Adviser for Global Research & Government Partnerships, INCITE Ambassador – Eva Chye – joined PwC four years ago to match high value, high tech scaleups with Corporate and Government Australia.
In her spare time, Eva founded If Innovation Could Talk, a passion project to give a voice to business and workplace innovation, and share experiences from different perspectives.
To date, Eva and If Innovation Could Talk have interviewed innovators such as Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall and LinkedIn top voice 2018 & workplace expert Gary Martin. The program also have monthly themes, including a CEO series, Arts & Literature series, and to kick off 2021, a Courage series that included Patrick Lee, Founder of Rotten Tomatoes.
We talk Eva about her role as an INCITE Ambassador and importance of supporting local innovation, growth and success.
Question: Why are you interested in supporting and showcasing WA technology and innovation?
Eva: As a migrant to Australia who calls WA home, giving back is the least I can do. Technology & innovation is an area where borderless inclusion, regardless of where you come from and whether you specialise in marketing or engineering can help to put WA on the world map. How exciting is that!
Question: What future goals would you like to see when it comes to WA technology?
Eva: Wouldn’t it be great for WA technology not to have to go overseas to succeed?
Technological advances are only possible when there are strong financial support, political will, and healthy STEM education. Let’s support and celebrate homegrown innovation more. Everyone can play a part to step up and make a step change.
Question: Why did you decide to become an INCITE Ambassador?
Eva: Saying ‘no’ is not an option in this case. Imagine the difference we can all make to empower WA technology. I am thrilled to be a part of INCITE. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this journey!
Question: What advice have you got for any of our local innovators looking to start something or grow their innovation?
Eva: Lead by example. People do not always ‘get’ a new idea until they see it. They may also be too busy to help you. Don’t let their fear become your fear. When you show results of value others will want to be a part of it. All great journeys start with taking the first step. DIY if you have to.
Thank you Eva for your support for the INCITE Awards and for your work in supporting local innovation thrive.