The gemaker story
gemaker was founded in 2011, when Natalie Chapman took a leap of faith out of a public research agency (ANSTO) into her own business, inspired by an Innovation and Entrepreneurship class in her MBA studies, and strongly supported by Co-founder Athena Prib who joined her from New South Innovations at UNSW.
With extensive experience in research commercialisation, they knew that technology transfer is generally under-resourced in Australia. They saw an opportunity to put together an agile, scalable team with a broad range of technical and commercial expertise, to fill resource gaps or provide additional support as needed, to successfully launch innovations into new markets. gemaker connects Australian researchers, inventors, startups and SMEs to funding, industry partners and customers.
gemaker is proudly built around a sustainable and progressive employment model that is project-based, not 9-5 office-based. Offering flexible work allows us to tap into a range of intelligent, qualified and experienced people from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) backgrounds, who do not want rigid jobs, but still seek meaningful and challenging careers with impact. Our diverse team of experts is mostly female and includes parents, carers, part-time students and semi-retirees.
We are also committed to giving back to our professional ecosystem and wider community, to enhance Australia’s STEM literacy and capacity to commercialise new ideas and technologies.
We aim to continue to increase gemaker’s influence, so we can promote the commercialisation of more excellent Australian innovations, thereby improving lives, nurturing the health of our planet, and growing the new industries on which our future wellbeing will depend.
‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ – Winston Churchill
At gemaker, we believe in supporting the health of our ecosystem, not just our company. We’re determined to give back to our community with all means at our disposal.
Some of the organisations and causes to which we donate our time, money and other resources are:
- Women in STEMM Award
- The Enlightening Campaign by the Australian Academy of Science
- Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA)
- Association of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP)
- University of Wollongong – Science Fair
- Tech Girls Movement
- Fitted for Work
- Black Dog Institute
- Science programs at local primary and secondary schools
As this list demonstrates, we’re particularly passionate about encouraging people to pursue innovation and careers in science and technology, especially girls and women. Please follow the links above to learn more.