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Bond and coast company partner to provide students practical product experience

A partnership between Bond University and a dynamic local company will allow students to assist in delivering an innovative new product to global markets.

As part of the University’s MBA immersion program, future business leaders will work alongside the board of Technigro to assist the fast growing business in identifying new commercial opportunities.

The new partnership will allow Bond University students to gain real-world experience in a dynamic business environment, says Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Dr Justin Craig.

“Partnering with Technigro provides students with access to a local business at the cutting-edge of its field and an extensive network of leading industry, business, community and government partners,” says Dr Craig.

Nick Bloor, CEO of Technigro, says the collaborative approach will provide significant benefits for both students and the company as it prepares to launch its DriftProof Sprayer (DPS) into new markets.

The DPS is a commercial weed-control sprayer utilising several technological innovations that eliminate potentially dangerous overspray inherent in traditional systems currently in use around the world.

“With the DriftProof Sprayer resulting in more cost-effective and safer application, its use is beneficial to operators and the general public, making it financially viable improvement to current technology,” he said.

“The system is currently operational in Australia, and with government bodies world-wide using sprayers to manage public spaces, we will be working with the MBA students from Bond University expand into new markets.

“Having been established on the Gold Coast in 1987 we recognised there was an opportunity to work with a world-class university that would provide benefits for both groups,” says Mr Bloor.

According to Dr Craig, Technigro’s focus on research and development, innovation and setting best practice for vegetation management and horticultural practices makes the company a fitting partner for the University’s immersion program.

“The immersion elective provides an opportunity for those pursuing an MBA to work with high growth firms and dynamic entrepreneurs in order to hone their skills and knowledge in a commercial context,” he says.

“Technigro has developed an enviable reputation and a knowledge and intellectual property base that can be delivered globally making it a prime example of pioneering innovation that is occurring locally.

“The opportunity for students to partake in practical research with such businesses is invaluable to their future and will help ensure both the Gold Coast and Australia maintains it position as a leader in education and business enterprise.”

Six students will participate in the program working with Technigro for three months.

Technigro is a multi-award winning vegetation management company that specialises in vegetation and natural areas management with depots on the Gold Coast, Logan and Brendale.

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