Entrepreneur, software program developer and electrical engineer Mike Cruse has been named the 2020 Tasmanian Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Yr by the Pearcey Foundation. Cruse is the founder and CEO of Definium Technologies, a Launceston-based firm that designs and manufactures IoT units and digital merchandise for nationwide and worldwide purchasers, and owns and operates a state-wide LoRaWAN community in Tasmania to assist IoT developments.
Definium presently employs 15 folks and operates a decide and place meeting line which allows the Definium workforce to take tasks from idea to totally functioning prototype in 30 days, with all design, manufacturing and software program growth carried out in-house. The corporate lately designed and manufactured the management system for Gekko Medical’s ‘GeVentor’ ventilator, a tool that would assist save the lives of COVID-19 sufferers.
James Riggall, Chair of Pearcey Tasmania, famous that the Pearcey Entrepreneurship Award recognises people who’ve taken dangers, made a distinction and impressed others.
“Mike strongly believes that Tasmania, and specifically Launceston, could be a place the place superior know-how corporations can thrive and is intent on proving that to be true. Definium incessantly makes time accessible to assist visiting college teams, offering alternatives for native college college students to work with them on tasks and entry their amenities, and looking for alternatives to carry younger folks into the workforce,” Riggall stated.
After working as a software program developer in Melbourne, Cruse moved to Silicon Valley and co-founded a wise grid start-up which raised US$15 million to find, earlier than being acquired by Cisco.
Cruse began Definium Applied sciences when he was within the US; the corporate would tackle ‘tasks in disaster’ and assist purchasers salvage failed prototypes, resolve reliability points and undertaking their funding in modern merchandise.
After bringing the corporate to Tasmania, Definium Applied sciences has grown and established an electronics manufacturing and meeting facility in Invermay.
Because the Pearcey Tasmania Award recipient, Mike Cruse will symbolize the state within the Nationwide Entrepreneur Awards as a key a part of Pearcey’s Annual Nationwide Medal and Corridor of Fame shows.