UTS start-up blasts off to London

Greg Peters with the grit-blasting robot, photo by Sabre Autonomous Solutions

In summary: 
  • UTS researchers will be jetting off to London after winning at the Tech23 award ceremony in Sydney
  • The researchers from UTS spin-out company Sabre Autonomous Solutions (SABRE) won three awards for their grit-blasting robot development, including the Tech23 Greatest Potential Award

UTS research is continuing to make an impact after taking home three awards at the Tech23 award ceremony in Sydney. UTS were recognised for its commercial viability at the 29 October event, which celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship.

UTS spin-out company Sabre Autonomous Solutions (SABRE) won the Tech23 Greatest Potential Award and the NSW Government Minimum Viable Product Grant of $15,000 under the Innovate NSW program for the grit-blasting robot developed in partnership with New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). 

The autonomous robotic solution was designed for harsh working environments, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where removing the grit which accumulates over time is not only an awkward and time-consuming task but also hazardous for human workers to perform.

The team also won the London & Partners Discover Tech City Award, comprising of return flights to London and a tour of Tech City, plus introductions to investors, clients and entrepreneurs in the tech community.

Tech City is Europe’s fastest-growing technology cluster, located in Central and East London it is home to over 1300 start-up companies as well as heavy hitters in the tech space such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon.

The trip provides a chance for the team to explore opportunities in the UK and European markets in further detail, explained Greg Peters, Engineering Design Manager at SABRE.

Greg Peters at Tech23 awards, photo by SlatteryIT

“London is an important gateway to the European market,” he said. “We have already received a number of enquiries from the UK and Europe; there are a lot of people our technology can help.”

This is the second start-up company which has evolved from UTS research in the last twelve months, with several more in the pipeline for commercialisation.

“It’s fantastic for an innovation born of UTS research to be recognised as being part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and it’s something we’re excited about doing even more of in the future,” said Martin Lloyd, Executive Manager of Innovation and Commercial Development at UTS.

The number of commercial applications for research being conducted across the university is testament to the real-world solutions being developed by the researchers as well as the ease of doing business with the UTS commercialisation team; a reputation the team has built over years of successful industry engagement.

And when it comes to success, the team at SABRE are excited by the success they’ve already had as well as spurred on by the opportunity to expand further.

“The future looks very bright for SABRE and we can’t wait to take on the Australian and International market,” Peters said.