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Watershed Corporate was rebranded as Capra Group in January 2010


October 2009
Rebrand to mark next exciting phase of development
We are embarking on a rebrand of the Watershed Corporate business. Since commencing operations in 2006 our business has matured and our service offering expanded and we are keen to ensure our branding is aligned with our future direction as a specialist commercialisation advisory. Brand Management specialists - One Consulting have been engaged to manage the rebrand. Further details on our exciting new brand will follow in due course.

October 2009Coal Gas Feasibility
An ASX listed coal gas company has engaged us to provide technical and economic modelling expertise to examine the feasibility of processing underground coal gasification syngas into hydrogen and LNG fuels.

August 2009New Office Opens at the Innovation Centre
Continued growth has resulted in the opening of a second office in the service wing of the Innovation Centre at Technology Park, Bentley: Click here for more details. We are looking forward to working in the Innovation Centre precinct which represents a focal point for innovative WA entrepreneurs and companies.

July 2009Northern Corridor Tech Hub
The Department of Commerce (WA) and Edith Cowan University selected Watershed ahead of national and international consultancies to undertake a feasibility study for a Technology Hub in the Northern Corridor of Perth. The Study will comprise market research, economic analysis, stakeholder consultation and property analysis as the basis to determine the feasibility of such a facility, and if positive, work with the Stakeholders to develop a viable business model, strategy and implementation plan.

July 2009New Business Analyst
Continued growth has seen us welcome new Business Analyst - Rodney Hariono to the team. Rodney is a chemical engineer and is currently studying for his MBA.

June 2009SME Investment Assist
We have been assisting high growth SMEs engage with investors to raise working capital and assist with succession plans. One such engagement has involved preparing a range of collateral to facilitate commercial discussions and managing investor meetings.

May 2009Opportunity Assessments Completed
We have completed a number of assignments with organisations working on new technology based opportunities. Two of these concerned products in the cleantech and natural products industries. Our work focussed on providing objective market, technical and IP input to assist the stakeholders assess their projects and formulate robust commercialisation strategies.

April 2009Investment Assistance to Australian University
We have been engaged by an Australian University to assist in structuring its flagship R&D project for significant external investment. Watershed’s role is to facilitate negotiations with the investors, liaise with key service providers for specialist legal and tax advice, and provide general commercialisation advice and project management. If successful the spin-out company will be established in the US to address key markets within the high-speed computing industry.

March 2009 Interim Management of NSW Medical Device Company
We are providing interim management assistance to a medical device company based in NSW focusing on the provision of operational and strategic management support. Director, Helen Wray, is leading the project and is enjoying spending some time in Sydney and playing an important role in helping the company reach some important commercial milestones.

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February 2009Director establishes Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm
Watershed Co-founder and Director Martin O’Sullivan, has established O’Sullivans – a full service Patent and Trade Mark Attorney practice to work alongside Watershed Corporate. Martin’s 15+ years attorney experience and commercial acumen provides Watershed’s clients the opportunity to ensure their key IP is protected and managed to underpin their overarching business strategy. Martin will divide his time between the two businesses, focusing on Watershed’s interaction with the investment community.

February 2009Managing Director joins Innovation Working Group
Watershed’s Managing Director, Marcus Christian, was invited to join the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s newly formed Innovation Working Group. Marcus is assisting the Group on a range of topics including establishing CCI’s policy on innovation, interaction with government on issues of innovation and initiatives to foster innovation within the CCI’s membership base and the broader community.

February 2009Watershed helps client secure $1.78 million Climate Ready Grant
Watershed congratulates Scanalyse Pty Ltd on being awarded $1.78 million under the Federal Government’s Climate Ready Program. Watershed’s experience in grant applications and strength in the area of cleantech proved to be a valuable combination. A full list of grantees is available here, Download PDF

January 2009Watershed evaluates carbon capture technology
Watershed has been appointed to conduct a commercial feasibility for the capture of greenhouse gases from the exhaust streams of industrial plant and its subsequent use for biodiesel production.

December 2008Watershed gets into hot water
Geothermal Power, the preferred applicant on the majority of the Perth Metropolitan geothermal tenements, has engaged Watershed to conduct technical and economic modelling for utilisation of the abundant underground hydrothermal reserves. The extracted hot water will provide energy to run cooling and air-conditioning systems, significantly reducing electrical energy consumption and operational costs.

November 2008 – Watershed Analyst takes “Curly” Golf Cup
Watershed analyst Benjamin Jardine was a proud winner of the Chris “Curly” Hewitt Golf Cup awarded to the winning team at the annual LESANZ golf tournament. Watershed MD – Marcus Christian took out the equally coveted but less celebrated NAGA award at the same tournament.

October 2008Waring Mentoring Entrepreneurs
Watershed Director Ross Waring has joined the Curtin Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurship as a Mentor in the Curtin Growth program. The Centre for Entrepreneurship delivers complete business development programs for small to medium business owners and managers. Unique in Australia, the programs involve a combination of business coaching and practical workshops to enhance skills and formulate ideas to maximise the potential of the participant’s business and themselves.

October 2008Watershed working with ASX listed companies
Watershed has completed market analysis projects for two ASX listed biotechnology companies. The projects were undertaken to help assess potential commercial opportunities for expansion and acquisition.

August 2008Watershed board goes CleanTech
Watershed is pleased to announce the appointment of Ross Waring as a Director. Ross has a wealth of commercialisation experience, particularly in power generation, oil & gas infrastructure, turbomachinery and industrial plant applications and his appointment represents another important milestone for the company. More detail on Ross’ background can be found in the “Our People” section of the website. Ross is particularly interested in CleanTech and is currently working on a number of projects in this exciting space. Ross’ appointment expands Watershed’s capacity to manage commercialisation across all technology sectors.

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August 2008DoIR Investment Ready Program underway
The first round of successful applicants for the above program have been notified and are now contacting pre-approved service providers to undertake a review of their business opportunity with a view to helping them navigate the commercialisation process. Watershed is a pre-approved service provider and is looking forward to assisting applicants benefit from the DoIR program. Further information on the IRP program can be viewed at HERE

July 20082008 WA Inventor of the Year Awards
After a successful workshop series in 2007 and early 2008, Watershed is again delivering a series of commercialisation workshops to participants in the WA Government’s 2008 Inventor of the Year Awards. The workshops commence on 19 August and for further details on the workshops click here. For more general information on the awards click here

May 2008New Business Analyst
Watershed is experiencing continued growth and is very pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Jardine. Benjamin has a BSc(Hons) and is completing the final stages of his PhD at UWA. He also holds a Graduate Certificate (Technology Commercialisation). Benjamin will be working on a range of Watershed projects, focusing on market and technical research and analysis.

April 2008Watershed to support WA technology pitchfest
Watershed is partnering with Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University and Stone Ridge Ventures to showcase investment opportunities in a number of WA high growth technology based ventures. The event will be held on 29 May 2008 at Curtin University. Attendance is by invitation only and further information can be obtained from Marilyn Crosthwaite (08) 9266 1778.

January 2008
Watershed team up with Nucletron BV
Watershed recently welcomed Nucletron BV, Veenendaal, The Netherlands to its client base; Watershed is working with Nucletron to evaluate the Australian and the US market opportunities for new radiotherapy products in Nucletron’s development pipeline. Watershed is continually seeking opportunities to expand its network, both locally and internationally and we are very pleased to have been able to provide support to Nucletron in this area.”

November 2007Watershed client wins 2007 WA
Inventor of the Year Award

Watershed congratulates Scanalyse Pty Ltd on winning the WA Inventor of the Year Award for 2007. Scanalyse was spun out of Curtin University to commercialise MillMapper - a non-contact, fast and accurate measurement tool to capture the internal conditions of large grinding mills on mine sites, increasing safety and saving time and money. Further information on the awards click here

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November 2007Watershed clients perform well in 2007 WA
Inventor of the Year Awards
Watershed congratulates Edith Cowan University and Virtual Observer Pty Ltd on their performance in the 2007 WA Inventor
of the Year Awards.

Professor Kamal Alameh from Edith Cowan University won the Early Stage category for his High-Speed Inter-Chip Optical Interconnect that improves the speed and efficiency of home and business computers at an affordable price compared to existing technologies.

Virtual Observer Pty Ltd, a Curtin University spin-out, was runner-up in the Early Stage category for technology developed by Professor Svetha Venkatesh and Doctor Stewart Grenhill that solves the problem of cost effectively and efficiently providing video surveillance of an entire metro area. The novel technology uses mobile cameras mounted on buses and other vehicles to provide CCTV coverage of a city.
Further information on the awards click here

October 2007Watershed welcomes new Director
Watershed is pleased to announce that Helen Wray has joined Watershed as a Director. Helen has a wealth of commercialisation experience, particularly in the health and life sciences and her appointment represents a very important milestone for the company.

August 2007Business Analyst joins Watershed
Watershed is very pleased to announce the appointment of Clint Price. Clint has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UWA and will be working on a range of Watershed projects, focusing on research and analysis to establish key market and technical risks.

August 2007Watershed to upskill WA inventors
Watershed will deliver a commercialisation workshop series to participants in the 2006 and 2007 Inventor of the Year Awards - a WA Government initiative designed to promote local innovation, creativity and commercialisation. For more details click here.

August 2007 - Watershed to move to new “Shed” In September
Watershed will be moving into offices at 3/168 Hampden Rd, Nedlands. It’s not a great time to be looking for office space so we’re very happy to have found a new home in central Hampden Rd.

June 2007
- Watershed client completes $2 million capital raising
Sensear Pty Ltd announced the completion of a successful capital raising including $2 million from Biotech Capital Limited – one of Australia’s largest life-science focused private equity funds.

June 2007Watershed to partner with University to commercialise liver function test
Watershed has been contracted to assist UWA commercialise a novel test that uses blood markers to measure liver function. Hepascore was a winner in the 2006 WA Inventor of the Year Awards and has already been licensed in the USA. Watershed will assist with the commercialisation of Hepascore, initially in Australia.

June 2007 - Watershed appointed to WA Government Commercialisation Panel
After a rigorous selection process, Watershed has been appointed to a specialist panel assembled by the Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) to provide commercialisation services to early stage WA business ventures. The contract is for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of two further 12 month extensions.

DoIR have assembled the panel to expand the management capability in the commercialisation arena and assist innovative companies and individuals navigate the skills and funding gaps that plague early stage commercialisation projects.

March 2007Watershed to work with university photonics researchers
Watershed has been contracted by Edith Cowan University (ECU) to assist with the commercialisation of microphotonics technology and also assist ECU plan a new Research Centre that will provide solutions to the rapidly growing Nanophotonics industry.

February 2007Watershed to assist wear management technology company obtain Federal Government funding
Watershed has been contracted to assist Scanalyse Pty Ltd with the preparation of its application for funding under the Commercial Ready program administered by AusIndustry. Scanalyse owns technology developed at Curtin University and provides a range of technology solutions that enable improved measurement, modelling and management of mill liners and grinding media.

February 2007Watershed to help commercialise WA speech technology
Sensear Pty Ltd owns technology developed by the Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute (WATRI) that has many applications including products that facilitate communication in high noise environments. Watershed has been contracted to work with Sensear to help take this exciting technology to the market.

July 2006Watershed signs Service Agreement with WA University
Watershed has executed a long term service agreement with Curtin University of Technology. Curtin is one of WA’s largest universities and has a very strong commercialisation track record including the creation of a number of successful spin-out companies. Watershed has been contracted to add capacity to Curtin’s in house commercialisation team.

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