Increasing profitability, growth and differentiation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Transforming Small & Medium Enterprises

Finding Better Ways to Increase Profitability

IIG helps SMEs who come to us saying:

  • Our competitors are reducing our market share and profits.
  • We need to find new and better opportunities.
  • We need to drive more value from existing products or services.
  • We have ideas but don’t know how to convert them to $s.
  • We have new ideas (intellectual property) that we want to protect.
  • We’re not sure how to maximise the value from new product and service opportunities.
  • We don’t have the skills or resources to take new ideas to market.
  • We don’t have the time to innovate.
  • We want to access government grant programs but need help to obtain and manage them.
  • We’re concerned about managing implementation risk.

Australian SMEs are courageous in the face of global competition and rapid technological changes transforming business practices.

All organisations need to continually reassess and redefine their business models to survive; but for SMEs, growth this century depends significantly on harnessing the creativity of their staff and supply chain partners to implement processes that identify new opportunities and turn those opportunities into effective outcomes and profitable incomes.

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Here’s how the Impact Innovation Group helps SMEs increase profitability from innovation

Board and Advisory Board Positions

How many of your Board members are experts in innovation and technology commercialisation? Board membership generally only attracts finance, legal and technical expertise. IIG managers can become members of, and advisors to, your board, bringing substantial innovation and technology commercialisation acumen to the table.
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Board and Management Briefings

Board meetings cover a range of financial and operational matters but often put off innovation discussions. Board members and senior management need to be across the opportunities that innovation programs bring to an organisation. IIG can brief your board and management on opportunities in relevant industry sectors to inform your corporate strategy and executive decisions.
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Business Model Canvas/Business Model Innovation

IIG takes Business Model Innovation to the next level. Drawing on research from Switzerland’s St Gallen University into effective approaches to low-risk/high-return business models, IIG provides training and consulting services to enhance business model outcomes.
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Commercialisation as a Service

Organisations are increasingly outsourcing commercialisation services for non-core technologies or core technologies with applications in other sectors. IIG’s comprehensive commercialisation programs build asset value and generate new and expanding revenue streams.
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Commercialisation Pitch Development

Pitching technologies and ideas that are based on a large number of assumptions is difficult to get right. With proven skills and experience in preparing effective pitch documents, IIG can help you attract internal and external funding, including from high net worth investors, angel investors and venture capital firms.
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Commercialisation Proof of Concept Development

IIG understands that achieving Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) to demonstrate proof of concept is not always simple. We can help you with the challenge of developing prototypes that can effectively demonstrate de-risking the concept in the eyes of customers and investors.
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Commercialisation Strategy

Having the idea for a new product or service is great but what direction should you take it to market? Start-up? Spin-off? Licence? Sale? IIG works with technology owners to develop the pathway that aligns with their aspirations and maximises the technology’s value.
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Design Thinking PLUS

IIG takes design thinking methodologies to the next level with effective problem analysis tools and idea identification assessment methodologies. Our enhanced approaches focus on non-linear pathways to improve decision making and implementation progress.
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Grant Funding Management

Winning a grant is an important milestone…and then the real work begins to fulfil the obligations of the funding. IIG uses advanced project design methodologies that enhance commercial outcomes and provide management support programs that reduce management workloads and de-risk implementation plans falling off track.
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In-Licensing:

Technology in-licensing gives organisations either exclusive or non-exclusive access to game-changing technologies from Australia and overseas. IIG clients benefit from our specialised range of due diligence and technology verification tools for minimising risk and maximising value.
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Innovation as a Service

Outsourcing innovation services is gaining traction around the world. IIG’s comprehensive innovation programs can be configured to align with organisational size and ambitions. This includes working with designated innovation managers to provide additional input when you need it, to drive innovation outcomes.
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Innovation Challenge Rounds

Effective innovation needs systems and processes to drive outcomes. IIG can facilitate innovation ‘rounds’ that help organisations generate ideas and innovative solutions for specific challenges (short, medium and long term).
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Innovation Change Management Workshops

Bringing staff ‘along on the journey’ is important for not only engaging them in identifying ideas but also for ensuring sustainable outcomes. IIG’s change management processes are geared for introducing and embedding transformational change.
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Innovation Evaluation

When was the last time your innovation or commercialisation program was evaluated for impact? Having an innovation program doesn’t mean that company growth and competitiveness is assured. IIG conducts comprehensive evaluations which enrich the value and build upon existing innovation.
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Innovation Ideation PLUS

Finding the right ideas is critical to driving the front end of an innovation system. IIG uses a range of approaches and techniques to help organisations identify quality ideas that have the potential to sharpen competitive advantage and drive sustained growth. Ideation Plus considers the knowledge around ideas and how this influences idea selection. Standard ideation practices often result in incremental change, whereas Ideation Plus covers incremental and transformative agendas.
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Open Innovation

Effective open innovation programs require rigorous engagement methodologies from idea identification through to all stages of implementation. IIG provides organisations with the frameworks to achieve open innovation results as well as tools that ensure effective management of these programs.
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Innovation Strategy

Most organisations have strategies for other aspects of their business but the successful ones also have a well-developed innovation strategy. IIG works with boards and senior management to establish strategic innovation solutions that drive short and long term value.
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Innovation Management Software

Ever wondered how some of the world’s most innovative companies manage their innovation processes? They don’t use spreadsheets, sticky notes, SharePoint or Yammer – they use Brightidea, a scalable software platform that facilitates idea identification, selection and execution. As a Premier Partner for the Asia Pacific, IIG can help you access this powerful technology and enjoy the same advantages as companies like Merrill Lynch, Sony and Novartis.
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Innovation Opportunity Assessments

Where is the best area to innovate that will maximise company value? With Challenge Identification Models and Resource Assessment Models, IIG can assess opportunities to identify the most valuable prospects for your innovation.
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Innovation Planning/System Design

Many companies try innovation as a growth strategy but fail because they don’t plan effectively. Setting expectations, defining leadership support, ecosystem mapping, scaling ideas, resource planning and activity planning are all critical elements. IIG supports internal innovation staff and teams to establish and implement the right kind of innovation programs for each business.
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IP Management

The creation and protection of IP can boost the value of your business … or cost you enormously if not done effectively. IIG can help individual inventors and organisations to make the best decisions for achieving enduring value from their innovations.
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Lean Start-up PLUS

As the lean start-up methodology gains interest around the world, converting the theory into practice also requires a shift in mindset. IIG helps clients develop and integrate lean start-up principles into their organisations and provides support for building staff capability to effectively implement these programs, e.g. by introducing effectuation principles (the mindset behind lean start-up).
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Out-Licensing

The technologies your organisation has developed could be earning an additional revenue stream. IIG has designed a suite of licensee identification approaches that maximise engagement with large and multinational organisations to derive more value from such intellectual property/assets.
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Process and Efficiency Reviews

Many organisations are so busy ‘doing’ that they overlook the opportunity to assess efficiency opportunities from staff, competitors or other industries. IIG conducts efficiency reviews to help you identify where implementing system changes can make a significant productivity and/or profitability difference.
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R&D Management

Managing R&D relationships and activities when it’s not your core business or area of expertise is fraught with risk. IIG has specialist personnel who know how to get the most out of external R&D engagement.
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Technology Scouting

Do you know what technologies are being developed by research organisations and start-up companies that could give your business a competitive edge? These ‘next generation’ products and services are being identified and acquired to stay ahead of the game…by your competitors. IIG has developed Enterprise Access to help organisations like yours find a match for the evidence-based innovation they need.
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Technology Status Assessments

Where is your technology really up to along its commercialisation pathway? Using IIG’s Technology and Investment Readiness Level tool, technology developers can quickly and easily assess where there are gaps in their commercialisation journey and what steps can be taken to fill those gaps.Let’s schedule a meeting or phone call

Want to start with an innovation assessment or workshop? You’ll find options here.

These case studies demonstrate how we
create value for SMEs.


The Impact Innovation Group provides the corporate rigour that many of our early stage ventures require. They provide the timely, on-demand inputs that assist us to achieve our capital raising and licensing objectives.

Dr Dean Moss CEO
UniQuest Pty Limited
The Targeted Innovation Management System delivered outstanding innovations that have been simple to implement, while enhancing our bottom-line.

Ryan Clerihew NuChem Pty Ltd
The ongoing support of the Impact Innovation Group in engaging with industry across a range of robotic, motion sensor and nano technologies has greatly enhanced our commercialisation efforts.

Gary Heyden Former Director of Deakin Research Commercial
The Impact Innovation Group’s structured approach to innovation greatly assisted our grant application with Commercialisation Australia as well as the ongoing implementation of our business strategy.

Clint Ramsay Director of NeoRehab Pty Ltd
As an investor, your approach to identifying ideas to ‘bypass bottlenecks’ is a refreshing change.

Peter Riikonen Director of BioHerbicides Australia Pty Ltd
Brian was a guest speaker at one of our client events. His presentation resonated with our audience and attracted a very high satisfaction rating when we polled guests afterwards, especially for his delivery style and solid grounding in the topic of maximising the return on innovation investment.

Ross Patane Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath Australia

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