gemaker, which recently won the Telstra New South Wales Micro Business Award, works with research organisations and innovative businesses to get inventions out of labs and into use. To discuss, Natalie Chapman joins Switzer TV (broadcast on Wednesday 9 August, 2017).
What is your current position, and what do you do? I’m the Managing Director of gemaker, an award-winning technology commercialisation company. Researchers and inventors create innovations with potential to solve real-world problems and make life better for all.
A small Sutherland Shire company started only six years ago has won its category in the 2017 NSW Telstra Business Awards.The company, gemaker has won the Micro Business category of the NSW award and now goes on to compete in the national awards to be presented on August 27.
gemaker is on a mission to help Australia’s smartest people take their ideas to the world. With more than ten years’ experience in research commercialisation, founder Natalie Chapman knew that technology transfer was generally under-resourced in Australian research organisations.
gemaker is on a mission to help Australia’s smartest people take their ideas to the world. With more than ten years experience in research commercialisation, founder Natalie Chapman knew that technology transfer was generally under-resourced in Australian research organisations.
Getting new ideas to market is one of the hardest tasks in the innovation process, especially for a completely new idea for a product or service. Failure to launch can stem from a lack of production capacity to an inability to create a demand for the product and everything in between. That’s where gemaker comes in.
“We have some terrific ideas in Australia, let’s actually bring them to the world.” We go to Melbourne with our guest host James Tuckerman to see what happened at Science meets Business 2016, an event held by Science & Technology Australia.
Australia’s peak body for science and technology is concerned about the disconnect between research and commercialisation. Science and Technology Australia fears that the gap means potentially significant research is struggling to move from the lab to real-life.
“Do – Natalie Chapman, Managing Director of gemaker, a technology commercialisation consultancy says it is important to choose a sample representative of your intended consumers. “Identify who the end customer is and who are influencers to the buying decision and interview them both,” she says.
Natalie Chapman is a working mum who runs ICT commercialisation provider Gemaker from the family home. Like many home business owners, Natalie has dedicated an entire room to her business, in this case the garage.
The team at gemaker help Australia’s smartest people take their ideas to the world which is why they have provided the Connecting Women in STEMM Award. Valued at $600, this travel award aims to support a woman researcher in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM) who requires travel support to attend Women in STEMM Australia’s inaugural National Symposium: Connecting Women in STEMM in Melbourne.
“We are excited to be leading the first project of its kind that will open the door for the research and commercialisation sector to connect and self reflect, and we hope this study offers a baseline for our association, KCA, to build on for years to come,” said Natalie Chapman, gemaker’s Managing Director.
Natalie Chapman is passionate about engaging more youth in engineering and science degrees. Grab a cuppa and discover what Natalie’s first job was, what her dream for the future is and what makes her laugh. You’ll never guess what sport she loves.
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