Women in STEM: The Australian icon who’s bridging the gap between science and commerce

Study International, February 2022

While there’s still a long way to go in levelling the playing field, many women are making their own mark in the industry to ruffle the status quo. One such figure is Natalie Chapman, one of Australia’s prominent figures in STEM who has decades of experience in science and commercialisation under her belt. 

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How Natalie Chapman is shaping #STEM in Australia

Women Love Tech, July 2021

Candace Little explains why gemaker MD Natalie Chapman is of the most powerful women in STEM in Australia.

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Why we need more Australian women in STEM

AusBiz, July 2021

gemaker MD Natalie Chapman discusses how to break down the barriers for women entering into STEM.

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How can we increase women in STEM

Business Gamechanger, January 2020

gemaker MD Natalie Chapman discusses two key motivators that encourage women to pursue a career in STEM.

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Breaking through the blank looks to reveal hidden treasure

Sydney Morning Herald, December 2019

gemaker MD Natalie Chapman explains what a commercialisation manager, what it takes to succeed in this role and why we need more of them in Australia.

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Wollongong’s Natalie Chapman wins UOW Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Illawarra Mercury, October 2018

gemaker MD Natalie Chapman has won the University of Wollongong’s Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for its innovative work in research-industry engagement and taking innovation to market.

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Women in STEM on what motivates them

SBS News, August 2018

gemaker MD Natalie Chapman, Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons and computer engineering student Tamina Pitt talk about the women in STEM and what motivates them.

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Connecting Science with Society

The Stand UOW, June 2018

Driven, determined and ready to create change: how Natalie Chapman is changing perceptions about the essential role of marketing and communication in connecting science with society.

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Lucas Heights Community School moves towards the future with launch of gemaker STEAM room

The Leader, May 24 2018

Natalie, Chapman, the founder of gemaker, donated $5000 towards the project, which will go towards lab coats, safety glasses, robotics equipment and a 3D printer so students can dress the part and be equipped while innovating.

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An interview with Natalie Chapman

Sky News/Switzer, Aug 9 2017

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).

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Sky News interview with Natalie Chapman

Sky News/Business IQ, Aug 8 2017

James Daggar-Nickson of Sky News interviews gemaker’s Managing Director, Natalie Chapman, about winning the Telstra Business Award.

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ABC News: Women in science and technology

ABC News, Aug 2 2017

Sue Lannin interviews Gemaker managing director, Natalie Chapman, on ABC News about science and technology start ups and getting more women into science.

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UNSW’s 100 Faces of Chemistry

UNSW, Jul 25 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.

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A Wollongong businesswoman is celebrating big win at the NSW Telstra Business Awards

Illawarra Mercury, Jul 20 2017

This Telstra Business Awards this week recognised a business that started in Wollongong that focuses on taking new technologies to market.

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Shire company named best micro business in NSW in Telstra Business Awards.

The Leader, Jul 19 2017

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.

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MS charity takes top award at Telstra NSW Business Awards

Telstra, Jul 18 2017

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.

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Wollongong’s Natalie Chapman is celebrating her business gemaker being named 2017 Telstra Business Award finalist

Illawarra Mercury, Jul 7 2017

Wollongong’s Natalie Chapman is celebrating her business gemaker being named 2017 Telstra Business Award finalist.

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gemaker wins the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Micro Business Award

Telstra Business Awards, Jul 18 2017

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.

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gemaker Takes Innovative Products and Services to Market in Australia

The Stevie Awards Blog, Jul 6 2017

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.

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Should interns pay to do work experience?

Sydney Morning Herald, Mar 8 2017

An extra pair of hands keen to learn on-the-job, for free, or an extra business cost? According to small traders offering unpaid work experience, the reality is a bit of both.

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Science Meets Business 2016

Australia’s Science Channel, 2016

“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.

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Investment in Australian science lacking

ABC Radio, Oct 24 2016

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.


The essential dos and don’ts of market research

ShortPress, May 29 2016

“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.

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How To Work From Home In The School Holidays (Without Going Insane)

Lifehacker, Jul 3 2015

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.

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gemaker Women in STEMM Award

Women in STEMM Australia

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.

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When women leave science, they become gemaker’s gain

Australian Financial Review, Jun 19 2015

Natalie Chapman decided it wasn’t rocket science to bring at-home mums back into the workforce. Just science at work.

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Research Grant awarded to KCA

Professional Standards Council, Apr 17 2015

“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.

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A Cuppa with Natalie Chapman from gemaker

Women in Focus, Feb 25 2014

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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Networking Breakfast: Innovate Your Way to Success

Realise Business, Dec 11 2013

Success in business is about understanding the market you’re in and devising ways to improve the products, services or business structures on which your competitors run their companies. It’s about standing out from the crowd by offering something unique that will catch the attention of prospective clients.

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So you’ve started your business – now it’s time to grow it

Australia Small Business Blog, Feb 18 2014

So, you’ve overcome the first hurdle and succeeded in navigating your small business through the perilous start-up stage – Congratulations!! …

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Natalie Chapman of Gemaker wins a Bronze Stevie Award at the 2013 SAWIB

The Stevies, Nov 8 2013

The 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business were celebrated on November 8 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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Breaking the Lonsdaleite Ceiling: Women in the REE Industry

InvestorIntel, Nov 7 2013

For women in business, forget all you’ve heard about the glass ceiling – in the Rare Earths industry, it’s more like a Lonsdaleite Ceiling. Tougher than diamonds, Lonsdaleite is the hardest material on Earth, and metaphorically the toughest managerial barrier for women to crack in the REE sector.

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CommBank names first five businesswomen for Silicon Valley tour

SmartCompany, Mar 8 2013

From May 13-17, the bank will take 10 Australian businesswomen to Silicon Valley for the opportunity to meet start-ups and entrepreneurs. The tour is aimed at female entrepreneurs with a high growth, high potential, innovative business with global or disruptive business models and growth plans.

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