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Robbie Savage, 2017 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.

Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.

Robbie Savage, VIC (b. 1987)

Name: Robbie Savage
Age: 29
Known for: Human Performance Science

Robbie started Human Performance Science because he saw how this type of science was being used effectively within the military and identified an opportunity to utilise the same sciences within emergency services and private sector industries, to improve the health and safety of all types of workers.

Human Performance Science specialises in ensuring workers are physically fit for their workplace, using scientific methods to study the physical demands of a workplace (e.g. strength demands, cardiovascular demands), and use this information to create strategies towards a more functionally fit workforce. These strategies relate to physical testing and physical training.

“I have a simple desire to minimise waste. I have a big issue with waste. Wasted food, wasted talent, wasted money. Within my line of work there is an incredible amount of ‘information waste’,” Robbie told Anthill.

“Scientists are producing some very useful information from some very clever research. Sadly, this information never leaves the scientific journals its published in. I’m driven to reduce this information waste and apply the research where it’s truly needed ‑ the real world!

“My greatest achievement has been starting the company in an industry dominated by universities. I’m proud that I’ve created something that didn’t currently exist in Australia; now having a positive effect on the health & safety of firefighters, police officers and emergency service personnel. Winning some awards along the way has certainly been a nice boost to my entrepreneurial cred.”

Human Performance Science has eight new clients and two new industries to whom it services. Five new staff coming on board. Two new joint venture partners. Two business awards and a new office.

It hasn’t been all smooth though: recently, the company had a trial planned with an interstate client, to collect some data from firefighters. After months of preparation, the trial was blocked by industrial bodies only days before it was due to commence. Large amounts of money, time and resources were lost.

“It was devastating, but a very useful lesson. We learnt to develop filters around trial preparation, to prevent futures incidents of the same nature. We also used the lessons learnt from the experience to present work on ‘barriers’ towards fitness projects, to an international audience. The setback has strengthened our resilience and since helped us thrive,” Robbie shared.

Anthill asks: Have you ever been lucky, punk?

In 2016, I was told at a late stage there was a speaking spot available at a conference in Perth, because unfortunately the previous speaker couldn’t attend. I was told I could fill the spot if I could put together a presentation in time for the conference. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity; something which has paid great dividends. It resulted in our first Western Australian client which has since led to multiple projects and helped establish new relationships with other clients. A large portion of our current work would not exist without lady luck tapping us on the shoulder.

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