CERI was established in 2015 to help facilitate the development of a sustainable economy in Western Australia which has, to date, been disproportionately dependent on natural resources.
While CERI was still a only a concept in his mind, Charlie Bass spent time talking with the principals of WA universities, research institutes and governments (both State and Federal) as well as researchers and several of Perth’s business leaders to validate the problems and observations he had made. These discussions assisted in the process of creating CERI and cemented Charlie’s plans for opening this new ‘centre for innovation’ in WA, through the Bass Family Foundation.
From mid-2015 and through 2016, Charlie and CERI CEO, Dr Carolyn Williams, visited universities and research institutes across the United States to gather further information and ideas that would form the foundations of CERI.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MIT and Stanford University have been influential in the formation of the Education and Start-Up Formation Modules
CERI is a social enterprise focused on early stage innovation attracting, supporting and inspiring talent while creating the mindset and providing the knowledge needed to successfully commercialise those ideas.