Science, IT & Innovation
The Queensland Government, as part of its Advance Queensland initiative, saw improving innovation and technology commercialisation skills and creating opportunities for small businesses to connect and collaborate with larger organisations, each other, and research centres as crucial for a strong, innovation-driven economy.
Engaging small business in innovation activities and encouraging them to recognise the benefits of research collaborations and other partnerships was an onerous undertaking, required an innovative approach and delivery of innovation services in ways that demonstrated an understanding of the SME sector.
IIG was engaged to deliver a dual program of:
- Skills development activities to build innovation capability and capacity
- Collaboration events focusing on synergistic outcomes that emerge when diverse and dispersed parties who would otherwise be unlikely to come together identify research opportunities or form partnerships in targeted areas of opportunity.
The Innovate Queensland program was devised to help smaller enterprises:
- reduce innovation development cost by opening up networks and referrals to innovation experts
- integrate innovation into existing enterprises with proactive strategies that boost the value of R&D and other innovation activities
- reduce commercialisation time lags from idea to income with expert guidance to navigate the commercialisation process
- optimise R&D capability and linkages by facilitating connections with researchers and other experts
- better target market needs and increase market uptake by understanding how deliberate business model development can help manage risks and costs around innovation and technology commercialisation.
It comprises more than 150 activities, including:
- Practical innovation workshops
- Practical technology commercialisation workshops
- Innovation planning and R&D design workshops
- Online innovation and commercialisation implementation fora
- Webinars targeting key innovation and commercialisation issues
- Queensland Innovation Portal based on the Brightidea software platform
- Enterprise Access – a technology scouting platform
- Industry innovation challenge events/problem-solving workshops
- The program commenced in late 2015 and is being implemented over a three year period.
- Feedback from the initial events has been overwhelmingly positive, with satisfied or highly satisfied ratings of more than 98.5%.
- Several participants have begun implementing the strategies and exercising their new skills in their businesses.
- More than 500 members have joined the GRID LinkedIn group.
Government departments and initiatives we have worked with:
Dr Dean Moss CEO
UniQuest Pty Limited
Ryan Clerihew NuChem Pty Ltd
Gary Heyden Former Director of Deakin Research Commercial
Clint Ramsay Director of NeoRehab Pty Ltd
Peter Riikonen Director of BioHerbicides Australia Pty Ltd
Ross Patane Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath Australia