Ideabank is a research, development and commercialisation company with 15 years of industry experience. Our main focus is on internal R&D projects. We are also currently working with a small number of clients on R&D&C projects.

Perth Angels


  • Strong focus on new technology, software and web platform projects.
  • Deep expertise in prototype and new product development.
  • Data science capability - capture, processing and analysis.
  • A track record of successful partnerships with tech startups and researchers.
  • Extensive experience in recruiting and managing remote tech teams.

Meet our Founder

Nick Jerrat | B.Eng, M.Eng

Hi. Thanks for dropping by. I'm the founder of IdeaBank and Publish My Web.

In 2000, I completed a bachelor degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Curtin University. I then began a six year adventure working in the Electrical Engineering department at Curtin, undertaking research into image compression and building prototypes of solar powered camera systems. During this time, I completed a master degree by research into error resilient image compression.

After leaving Curtin in 2007, I launched IdeaBank. IdeaBank was initially focused on web design and SEO, before spinning out Publish My Web, a web design company, now with 5 staff and 150 website clients across Australia and New Zealand.

From 2016-2020 I was the tech lead for Disgen, an innovative solar finance company based in Perth. My main role was in the development of a highly scalable remote metering and billing system for solar power systems.  I continue to provide consulting services to Disgen ongoing.

Over the last several years, I have worked with Democratic Outcomes to develop a new online voting portal for use in conducting enterprise agreements, elections and other ballots. Democratic Outcomes supports universities, government agencies and many of Australia's largest companies in provision of online and SMS votes.

First office at Curtin (year 2000)

From 2021 to 2023, I was a lecturer and acting unit co-coordinator in Curtin University's School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences. I taught two units, ENGR6005 - New Product Development and MGMT3000 - Engineering Management. Over 1,300 students undertook these units, located across Curtin campuses in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Dubai, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

In 2023, I provided a day long training course on stakeholder management to BHP graduate project engineers. I also provided training on customer journey mapping as part of the Curtin Accelerate program. I have volunteered as a startup clinician as part of Curtin Ignition from 2021 to 2023.

I've worked on diverse technology and consulting projects, with organisations including Curtin University, the University of Sydney, LandCorp, Department of Agriculture (WA), Australian Institute of Management (AIM), The Independent School Counsellors' Association (WA), Sheraton Hotels, and the Laser/O'Brien Franchise Group. However for the most part I have worked with SME, founders and entrepreneurs.

In 2011, I sold a micro business, Thesis Edit, which continues to provide editing services to students all over the world.

IdeaBank also provides support to Perth Angels, a passionate community investing in Australian Startups, through development and support of their website.

I've got many startup scars and war stories, having been involved in many ventures that didn't make it.

Career Highlights

  • In 2002-2004, I coded a novel image wavelet compression codec in C with no libraries, for Windows and Texas Instruments digital signal processors. For this work I was awarded a master degree by research, receiving a commendation from the chancellor for research into wireless image compression.
  • I secured 400k in grants while at Curtin University to build a solar powered, wireless camera system for deployment on rural properties. I led a team of four to implement the first prototype of this system on a Perth property in 2005. I completed and demonstrated a second version in 2013 on a farm in Williams, WA.
  • I was part of the founding team to launch AuQuest in 2005, a company designing world leading hand-held gold detectors. Involved in many facets of the business, including writing patents, websites, marketing materials, demonstrations around Australia, as well as hand soldering detectors!
  • I launched in 2006, an online thesis editing service, providing editing services to students all around the world. ThesisEdit was sold in May 2011 to a US based document editing company.
  • I founded IdeaBank in 2006, creating hundreds of websites and technology solutions for our clients, from intranets to booking systems, e-commerce portals to automated online marketing.
  • I founded Publish My Web in 2012, to manage the growing web-design client base of IdeaBank. Publish My Web has now created hundreds of websites and technology solutions for our clients, from intranets to booking systems, e-commerce portals, remote monitoring systems to automated online marketing.
  • In 2022 IdeaBank developed an online student portal, enabling Curtin engineering students to upload project videos and project canvases.  Students are then able to review each other's work, provide feedback and vote for the best project.