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Innovate to Grow Generation STEM Links CSIRO Kick-Start RISE Accelerator
Free online training course to understand how R&D can benefit businesses. A business internship for NSW STEM undergraduates or equivalent students. Connects start-ups and small with CSIRO research expertise and capabilities to pursue R&D activities. Supports Australian and Indian late-stage start-ups and SMEs to advance their cross-border expansion opportunities
Open to SMEs working in relevant intake sector NSW STEM businesses with >5 employees <$1.5M in turnover OR <3 years trading $20M in turnover / < 10 years trading
10 week program Minimum 200h program Up to 1 year project 9 months
Opportunities to sponsor a program available NSW STEM university or VET/TAFE organisations CSIRO only Industry partners and research organisations across Australia and India
  $2,500 grant 2 x up to $50K up to $75,000 grant

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[Image changes to show Simon Hanson talking on a Smartphone, and then the image changes to show Simon talking to the camera, and text appears: Simon Hanson, Director, SME Connect CSIRO]

Simon Hanson: We’ve got great businesses in Australia, great researchers.

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The challenge has always been to actually bring them together to do productive collaborations, productive projects.

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Dr George Feast: SME Connect is CSIRO’s dedicated team that assists these Australian small to medium sized businesses connect with R&D.

[Images move through of George and the female in conversation at a table, Dr Megan Sebben talking to the camera, and Megan and a male looking at a noticeboard, and text appears: Dr Megan Sebben, Program Manager – Kick-Start, CSIRO]

Dr Megan Sebben: The programme exists to help Australian companies that have a scientific or technical challenge that they need some help with.

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And we can provide them dollar matched funding that’s going to help them advance their business.

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Simon Hanson: Our facilitators actually sit down with companies and researchers, make sure that they understand each other. Researchers have their own language, businesses have their own language.

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We bring them together.

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Dr George Feast: It’s really great for SMEs because they get access to the best research for them.

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And for researchers it’s really cool because we provide a way of bringing great ideas, great companies to them.

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Dr Megan Sebben: The benefits the companies get is they get to build a relationship with that research team.

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They can undertake the piece of work often more quickly, or more cheaply than if they needed to raise all the capital themselves.

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And they’re working with an organisation of experts and bringing that expertise into their business early on.

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Dr George Feast: If you’re a small to medium sized business, you know, you can come to us.

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We’ll find some researchers, and there might be, kind of, small optimisations that we can do that can reduce costs or improve processes in your business.

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Simon Hanson: It means growing companies.

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It means exports. It means employment. It means vibrant industries.

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Dr Megan Sebben: So, if you are an Australian business you can reach out to us at any time to have that conversation and you never know where it’s going to take you.

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Hear from Simon Hanson, Director SME Connect, Dr George Feast, Deputy Director SME Connect and Dr Megan Sebben, CSIRO Kick-Start Program Manager as they share what CSIRO does for start-ups and SMEs and why it matters for Australia.

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