Support innovation in honour of the late Sir Rupert Myers KBE, AO

This fund pays tribute to renowned university leader and Emeritus Professor Sir Rupert Myers KBE AO, who passed away 21 February 2019 at the age of 98. Throughout his life, Sir Rupert was a staunch believer in the power of innovation to transform society, and his many great achievements are a shining example of the impact of entrepreneurial discovery.

In lieu of sending gifts and flowers, his loving family have asked that friends and supporters help Sir Rupert’s legacy of innovation to be realised through a donation to the UNSW Founders Program.

A legacy of innovation

The UNSW Founders Program supports today’s visionaries to develop tomorrow’s solutions. Specifically, the Founders 10x accelerator enables 20 high-potential startups each year to strengthen their entrepreneurship skills and accelerate their ventures to be investor-ready. Underpinned by a commitment to sustainability, diversity, collaboration and excellence, the program cultivates a startup community that values social progress and giving back as a crucial element of success.

Investment in Founders 10x will provide a much-needed level of certainty that brilliant, world-changing ideas can be realised and that innovations in-the-making can progress to market – a legacy befitting of Sir Rupert, and of which he would be proud.

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

Note: 100% of your donation will go towards the UNSW Founders 10x accelerator. For queries about your donation, contact (02) 8936 4700 or philanthropy@unsw.edu.au

 
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Sir Rupert was a much-admired leader who, throughout his illustrious career, demonstrated great entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for discovery. A materials scientist, academic and distinguished university administrator, Sir Rupert was one of the first two people to be awarded a PhD from an Australian university in 1948. Numbering among his achievements are spearheading production of uranium powder and converting plutonium compounds into metal. In 1969, he became UNSW’s second Vice-Chancellor, and was instrumental in establishing the University’s character and presence in the academic world. Sir Rupert was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1981, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1995 for his efforts in promoting innovation and commerce in the fields of science technology and engineering.

Read more about Sir Rupert’s life and accomplishments here.

For further information please contact:
Kim Babbage
Staff and Community Giving Officer
E: k.babbage@unsw.edu.au
T: +61 2 8936 4727