Charlie Bass

Founder, Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation

2024 WA Senior Australian of the Year

When Charles (Charlie) Bass founded the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) in 2015, he became a mentor for hundreds of start-ups and a powerful supporter of innovation and sustainability in Western Australia. 

To date, CERI has provided over 600 aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools, mentorship and support needed to turn their ideas into successful businesses – including raising over $7.5 million in funds. CERI also facilitates research commercialisation, particularly in medical technology and biotech.  

Charlie worked in Western Australia’s mining industries – very successfully – for decades. But he knows the state can’t rely on its resources forever.  

CERI reflects Charlie’s desire to see greater economic diversification in Western Australia. Through speaking engagements and CERI, he advocates for the creation of high-knowledge, high-value, export-oriented businesses for the long-term sustainable growth of the state. 

A notable philanthropist, Charlie created the Bass Family Foundation in 2006 to help provide disadvantaged children with a quality education.