Gemaker’s Response to the Industry Growth Program Discussion Paper

gemaker welcomes the opportunity to participate in the consultation on the Industry Growth Program. gemaker provides expert advice, services and training in the commercialisation of Australian research and innovation. Our senior team members average more than 22 years’ experience in this field. Since 2011, we have helped 45 research organisations, 11 Government agencies and 88 […]

10+1: Celebrating in person with cupcakes

It’s been a strange few roller coaster years. Lockdowns, uncertainty, Covid fatigue. When was it going to end? And more importantly, was Covid going to scuttle our birthday plans again? Not this time. gemaker is 11 years old. It’s a huge achievement, and we wanted to acknowledge and celebrate that by getting together an eclectic […]

Our 10th birthday gift to you: 10 tips for start-up success

It’s been a busy decade for the gemaker team. We’ve paused to celebrate our achievements and compile the following list of the top 10 things we’ve learned along the way, which we’re calling the ‘gemaker ten’. Groundwork: Remember the ‘five P principle’: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. I lined up my first contract before leaving […]

A time of great change: Celebrating gemaker’s 9th birthday

This month, gemaker completes its ninth journey around the sun. And what a year it’s been. Catastrophic bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have fundamentally changed how we live and work. Almost all Australian organisations and businesses have suddenly had to figure out how to support their employees to work flexibly – something that gemaker has […]

Media focus on innovators’ role in Australia’s recovery

Who do we need in a crisis? Resilient, creative people who embrace challenges as opportunities, see lateral possibilities others miss, and blaze a trail towards a brighter future with persistent hard work – people like our innovative clients in research and industry. Since 2011, gemaker has been advising, assisting and championing Australian innovators with significant […]

Is your business ready for Covid-19?


Australia is bracing for probable Covid-19 outbreaks which can heavily impact businesses if workers or their families become sick or if schools send children home for any length of time. Events will get cancelled and people will stop going out. At this point, you want to be proudly dusting off your Business Continuity Plan (BCP) […]

Turning 7!

To be frank, when I started gemaker, I hoped that it might last three years before I had to give up playing start-up CEO in my garage and find a ‘real’ job. My wildest dream was to make a positive difference to Australian innovation and research commercialisation. gemaker has succeeded far beyond my initial hope […]

Trademarking – to do or not to do, that is the question

What is a trade mark? A trade mark is a ‘sign’ used to distinguish a good/service from similar goods/services of other traders. It could be a business name, a product brand name, a logo, a slogan or a combination of these things. It could even be a colour, shape, sound or smell. A trade mark […]

Six of the best

Celebrating gemaker’s 6th birthday this week with members of the team in Sydney was uplifting.