Coming up to gemaker’s 4th birthday it only seems like yesterday that I was writing about our 3rd birthday.

We’ve managed to pack lots into this year and come out the other side, all the better for it.

Over the last year we have grown from start-up company to SME adolescent. To do this we have conducted a strategic planning day with our team, focused on continuously upskilling our staff, and have been more rigorous with systemising our business. While this doesn’t sound as sexy as being a ‘start-up’, it is essential for Australian start-ups to ‘grow up’ and transform into high growth and sustainable SME’s for the country’s future prosperity.

Highlights

Grants: $98k Professional Standards Council (PSC) grant – submitted with Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) and won a grant for world first research into the competencies required by research organisation Tech Transfer Professionals to successfully commercialise their inventions. Read more….

Press: gemaker featured ‘When women leave science they become gemaker’s gain‘ in the Financial Review and Business Review Weekly and the article ‘You can’t trust science! Debate’ written by Natalie Chapman featured on the ABC Science Analysis and Opinion page and Women in Science website.

Invited speakers: gemaker staff were invited to speak at a number of national and international events

Staffing

Julie Wheway moved to the ‘dark side’ finishing up as a researcher at Sydney University to take on the role of Marketing Communications Manager at gemaker

Lowlights

We lost an important mentor, supporter and friend – Prof George Collins – He believed in us, he believed in the gemaker model and provided us with an important sounding board on every idea no matter how crazy, with enthusiasm and encouragement.

Giving Back

At gemaker we believe in contributing to growing our ecosystem not just our company. This year we have volunteered in the following capacities

  • Association of Tech Transfer Professionals (ATTP) – Chair of Marketing Committee – producing newsletters and presenting at international conferences on marketing technology
  • Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) – preparing grant applications and tenders and assisting with marketing KCA at every opportunity
  • Accelerating Commercialisation – Volunteer expert in marketing/commercialisation
  • UOW Science Fair – volunteer judge
  • Woronora River Public School – P&C President – championing science initiatives at the school and fundraising

Learnings from year 4

  • Make decisions and continue to move fast
  • Set parameters for projects, monitor weekly and give your staff the room, knowledge and tools to deliver
  • Read… Read….Read so you are on top of latest news in your space
  • Skill staff up so everyone is replaceable
  • Keep your eye on budgets and milestones so you can deliver to customer expectations and within your budgets for a sustainable business.
  • Look out for talent and fill talent gaps.
  • Involve all of your staff in your strategic planning process so they can see how they fit in the bigger picture and bring their ideas to the table.
  • Continue to have fun! That’s part of why we’re here
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