The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group
– part of Australia’s Department of Defence – is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. DST Group safeguards Australia by delivering scientific advice and innovative solutions for national security.
In collaboration with a DST Group project team, gemaker delivered an SME engagement strategy (an internal document) to enable the creation, improvement and transfer of technologies meeting the needs of the Department of Defence. The project included: research into local and international models for SME engagement to promote innovation; collation of available data on science-based SMEs in Australia; and interviews with international and multinational organisations engaging with innovative SMEs.