Testimonials

What our clients say

gemaker were efficient and easy to work with. They really understood the technical and commercial contexts of our business. There’s no way I could have briefed a copywriter or graphic designer as effectively as Natalie directed her creative team.

Leanne Rolton
Business Manager, WYSIWYG 3D

Without gemaker our application wouldn’t have been nearly as good. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the team and found they had a great ability to quickly grasp what was needed. I was very grateful for their flexibility and dedication to getting the job done in challenging circumstances.

Debbie Saunders
CEO Wildlife Drones

“Fantastic workshop! I truly learned from it.”

“Great workshop even for those with some experience in the area.”

“The facilitators were great.”

WSU researchers
Feedback on industry-engagement training

The gemaker team have an approach to commercialisation and the gathering of market intelligence that is evidence-based, rigorous and follows a logical methodology.

Dr Peter Massingham
Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong

I engaged gemaker as an external service provider to develop a Research Engagement Plan. gemaker were thorough, flexible and responsive and able to adapt to deliver the outcome that was right for us as the client. I was impressed by the approach and style of the team and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Martin Lloyd
Deputy Director, Research Engagement, University of Technology Sydney

gemaker provided valuable assistance to ensure our research industry partnership event was a success. Their approach was flexible, they had great ideas and we appreciated their willingness to use their own networks to benefit our researchers. In particular, the pitch training was very well received and provided valuable tools for researchers to better engage with industry

Katie Richmond
Commercial Development & Industry Partnerships, University of Sydney

gemaker was great! They took the time to understand our tech and really took charge.

Dr Heba Khamis
Researcher, UNSW

gemaker helped AINSE significantly increase our profile. They understand our organisation and needs, so we will definitely use gemaker’s services again.

Michelle Durant
Managing Director, AINSE

I trusted the gemaker team to deliver a high quality service within my tight budget and they did that through a highly skilled, dedicated and reliable team.

Ross Maclennan
CEO, SynFlyt

gemaker are truly client focussed. They are keen to provide us with what we need rather than force us to accept what they’ve done before.

George Collins
Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Swinburne University of Technology

gemaker had a strong attention to detail and a high level of professionalism that gave me comfort that we were in the right hands.

Justin Gallagher
Sales and Marketing Director Stormseal

gemaker’s enthusiastic engagement was instrumental in increasing beta-testing clients to over 1000…[This] contribution was invaluable to maintaining the business momentum.

Warren Bradey Former Director
iSee VC Pty Ltd

Working with gemaker was enjoyable and straightforward. Their understanding of the ecosystem and restraints of SMEs and start-ups allowed them to provide a superior grant writing service that focused on aligning to government objectives.

Thomas Telfer
Co-Chief Technology Officer, Scimita Ventures

The gemaker team has greatly enhanced our branding and marketing. We’re impressed by their expertise, flexibility and responsiveness, and especially by their ability to communicate highly technical information clearly and powerfully.

Caitlin Harvey
Senior Advisor, RnD360

gemaker provided great service, great advice and were very easy to deal with! They delivered exactly what we needed as a start-up and provided us with high-quality outcomes at good value for money.

Mathew Saliba
Executive Director & CEO, RMI Oceania

gemaker has provided important skills development to graduate research students undertaking the Monash Doctoral Program, in seminars that offer our students a competitive edge when engaging with industry partners for their study and career paths.

We regularly receive positive feedback from students on the gemaker sessions, on how content-rich and informative they are. It’s great to know that our PhD students are able to get such a comprehensive understanding to help them in the future.

Linda Batrich
Senior Manager Programs & Engagement, Monash Graduate Research Office, Monash University

gemaker met the brief exactly! Thanks to their commercialisation expertise and experience of academic environments, they understood the message we wanted to communicate, and how best to achieve that. They were able to provide a meaningful infographic for us, with a quick turnaround time.

Lynette Hogan
Monash Innovation

I recommend gemaker as a cooperative, collaborative and enthusiastic team who are leaders in their space.

Dr Alastair Hick
Chief Commercialisation Officer, Monash Innovation

The gemaker team has diverse skills and experience ranging from media and marketing to commercialisation and intellectual property strategy, fundraising and industry and government partnerships. They have helped on all these fronts to position our company as a national leader in sustainable urban mobility.

I highly recommend Gemaker’s services to businesses at all stages of growth.

Al Reid
Chief Operating Officer, microFleet®

Being a small technology transfer office, we needed assistance with an increasing number of innovations that needed to be evaluated, especially when the field was outside of our area of expertise. Gemaker was particularly helpful in obtaining industry expert feedback, which helped us better understand the market need and our value proposition. We were more efficient in making decisions and progressing the projects through the commercialisation pipeline.

We would recommend gemaker to fill staff and knowledge gaps, make the right connections and overall increase the efficiency of progressing innovations through the commercialisation pipeline.

Gorjana Mitic
Former Commercialisation and Innovation Manager, Macquarie University

Our company, Life Cell Marine Safety, is commercialising an innovative product and rapidly expanding into international markets. With limited resources, gemaker have been able to assist us with our digital marketing and PR in a cost-effective way. They understand the financial pressures of being a startup and have worked within our budget and with considerable flexibility to help us achieve our goals. They are a real partner in our journey and I am reassured that I can tap into many of their other services as required, knowing that they are already familiar with our product and company.

Jenny Aiken
CEO, Life Cell Marine Safety

We were very impressed with the quality and clarity of the report and the transparency of the financial costing for the project.

COO [Client confidential]

KCA chose gemaker for their sector knowledge, competency and cost-effectiveness. gemaker delivered the inaugural SCOPR report in an excellent format to tight deadlines, demonstrating professionalism, clarity and sensibility in all interactions. The report was well-received by research organisations and government stakeholders.

John Grace AO
KCA Director and Chair of SCOPR Committee

KCA worked with gemaker on our recent research commercialisation professional salary survey. There had been a large gap between this and our last survey, so most of the questions and methodology had to be drafted from scratch, along with benchmarking the survey to its international counterparts. Jess from gemaker was fantastic in pulling together all of our feedback, structuring the questions appropriately and was very responsive throughout the process. A delight to work with!

Dr Erin Rayment
Director, Advocacy

The gemaker team is great to work with and extremely proactive.

Dr Alastair Hick
Chair, KCA

We wouldn’t hesitate in working with the gemaker team again, they have outstanding expertise, the turnaround time was quick and their service is great value for money.

Strategic Communications team
IP Australia

When starting up a new business, you want to invest in services that will yield a high return on investment. gemaker was able to provide me just that. The team was approachable, professional and a pleasure to work with.

Catherine Boxhall
Principal and Director, Integra Law

We have to be agile, so gemaker’s swift support as a one-stop-shop for strategic advice, business planning, graphic design, writing, etc, has been key to our success. They’ve saved us heartache by providing sound advice based on extensive experience. The responsive gemaker team speaks our language and their can-do culture is a great fit for InSpace.

Dr Anna Moore
Director InSpace

Collaborating with gemaker was a true partnership: their team felt like an extension of ours, enabling high performance under pressure. They developed our grant application with exceptional skill, commitment and care – as if it were their own funding bid.

Naomi Douglas
Executive Director, Development and Operations Ingham Institute

The website is better than I could have ever imagined! It looks brilliant!!! Thank you for your incredibly efficient work.

Ellyse McCormack
Owner, IB Successful

We used gemaker for their in-depth sector-specific knowledge and proven success communicating and engaging across research, industry and government.

Their wide-ranging knowledge enables them to probe and distil complex scientific information. gemaker does not just take the information given and present it nicely, but takes the time to make sure that opportunities are not missed and the distilled information is accurate and aligned to the target sector.

gemaker’s strategic planning services were clear, thorough and excellent.

Prof. Mahananda Dasgupta
Director, ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

The marketing collateral gemaker produced for our conference stall was high quality. The team were all pleasant to work with, and we appreciated their help in organising and editing our grant application.

Kurt Walkom
Strategy Lead, Gridsight

gemaker’s guidance was invaluable. They helped us structure and refine an application that showcased our strategy and project to best advantage. We were extremely happy with their service.

Katrina Guseva
Financial Controller, Garlo’s Pies

gemaker has provided guidance and support to polish our business strategies and best respond to the COVID-fuelled, rapid global growth in the e-mobility sector.

gemaker has been an invaluable resource and partner and we are so glad we settled on Natalie’s team to help us with our growth plans as they have been, and remain, a very important part of our journey.

Steve Smart
Chief Financial Officer, Electric Vehicles Pty

The breadth and depth of the gemaker team’s knowledge showed both in their technical interactions with the researcher and their digestible and actionable report. They were highly responsive and the process was very smooth. 

Gary Zlnay
Manager, Commercial & Investment Services, ECU

Deadly Science has truly appreciated Natalie’s support with the creation and implementation of our Strategic Plan.

Natalie’s guidance in targeting specific areas for us to focus on and facilitating this process has been a major gamechanger for the direction of our charity as we expand our board and team of staff.

Zoe O'Hara
Chair, Deadly Science

gemaker was able to provide me with a very high-quality, accurate report that met my exact requirements within a short timeframe. Their flexible approach and efficiency delivered the exact results that I needed.

Dr Chelle Nic Raghnaill
Business Leader, Data61

gemaker are experts in this sector! Their approach was inclusive and thorough. They provided a high-quality report with a quick turnaround that met our precise needs. The gemaker team gave our researchers useful recommendations and I enjoyed learning from their information-gathering process. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend gemaker. They stand out as excellent compared to past providers we’ve used.

Ali Alishum
Business Development Manager, Curtin University

I was impressed by gemaker’s dedication, they worked long hours to meet the tight timeframe. We learned so much from them and now better understand how to address grant criteria. gemaker’s service and expertise exceeded our expectations.

Nathan Howell
Business Development Engineer, CST Composites

Working with gemaker has provided valuable guidance regarding business plans, marketing and PR, investment and product direction that has helped us quickly gain traction in the market.

Anthony Collins
CEO Cruiser

gemaker helped us develop a comprehensive communications plan and exceeded our expectations in delivery of high quality results in communications for the CRC and provided lasting impact to our stakeholders. gemaker’s customer service attitude is second to none.

Paul Hopkins
Business Manager, CRC for Low Carbon Living

gemaker were generous in sharing their wealth of commercialisation knowledge in the context of the university environment as well as from the perspective of industry. Their depth of experience meant that they could provide flexible and practical solutions with real-world examples.

Trisha Clifford
Senior Executive Officer to the Vice-President, CQUniversity

Working with gemaker helped us to clarify and refine our messages and offerings to clearly communicate our value proposition and capabilities. Having experts work alongside your team delivers successful outcomes and also builds capacity and capability in your organisation.

Sally-Ann Williams
CEO, Cicada Innovations

The gemaker team pulled out all the stops and got the work done in a very tight time frame. They handled the pressure well… I would certainly recommend them.

Ken Taggart
Founder and Director, Chatty Kids

The gemaker team rose to the challenge of analysing the complex market for our products. I appreciated their hands-on, proactive and adaptive approach. They are skilled interviewers and delivered an insightful report with a clear path for the next steps in our commercialisation.

Chris Brymora
COO, SMaRT UNSW

gemaker are truly client focussed. The solutions they have offered us match the way we work. They are keen to provide us with what we need rather than force us to accept what they’ve done before.

George Collins
CEO, CAST

Natalie is a gem if you would pardon the pun. Natalie and her team are highly professional, very dedicated and as a result their analysis is thorough and they provide detailed insights. Within a tight timeframe they provided us with professionally researched information for inclusion in our business plan. We would not have been able to have put together such a detailed business plan without them.

Steve Atherton
Former CEO, BioGill Operations

We were attracted to gemaker as we identified with their can-do attitude and their strong commitment to providing high quality work to clients. The service provided was exceptional.

Sarah Johnson
Business Manager, Beasley Intercultural

At very short notice, gemaker went above and beyond to meet the grant application deadline. We appreciated their flexibility, dedication and high- quality work under pressure.

Mal Hiley
Managing Director, B&P

ASM has engaged Gemaker’s support on a number of successful grant funding opportunities.

Their ability to comprehensively understand ASM’s strategic investment proposition and articulate this into a compelling narrative to address specific government requirements was critical to our success in these submissions

Rowena Smith
Managing Director and CEO, Australian Strategic Materials (ASM)

Natalie and the Gemaker team did a great job communicating the development of the Dubbo Project to the local communities, media, and State and Federal Government agencies and ministers.

Ian Chalmers
Non-Executive Director, ASM (retired)

The gemaker team were outstanding in developing and managing a major grant application in a short time period. The partners were very satisfied with the knowledge, competence and abilities of the gemaker team.

Professor Gary Egan
Foundation Director, Monash Biomedical Imaging

The program was engaging and feedback from participants was very positive. An immediate outcome was significantly increased collaboration with our Technology Transfer Office by researchers who participated in the training, because they now appreciate the importance of engagement, especially early in the commercialisation process.

Vicki Stanley
Technology Transfer Officer, Innovation ANU

Engaging with gemaker from concept to delivery of the Astralis website was seamless, with their professional team providing expert advice and recommendations. We are proud of our new-look website, which more than met our expectations.

Dr Katrina Sealey
COO, Astralis Consortium (formerly AAO)

The website looks fantastic. Thanks & much appreciated for a great job.

Rick Miller
Owner, Armadello

gemaker understands the university sector. The team applied a practical approach with excellent communication to develop our Research School’s strategic business plan – a very positive experience.

Dr Milica Symul
School Manager, RSAA

I choose to work with the gemaker team as they take the time to truly understand our business and our clients. The ideas that gemaker generate are practical solutions and therefore work in application. They listen to us, understand what we want to achieve and use their expertise to propose solutions, have helped us strike the right chord with our clients.

Dr Bob Ring
General Manager, ANSTO Minerals

I choose to work with the gemaker team as they take the time to truly understand our business and our clients.

Peter Arambatzis
CFO ANSTO

There are a lot of players who can offer investor and media relations services, however the diversity of skills that the gemaker team offers has allowed them to deliver work for Alkane not only to an exceptionally high standard but also with broad influence.

We engaged Natalie and her team to implement strategies to improve the way we communicate with our external stakeholders. Not only have we seen a significant improvement in the way we are communicating with them, we also believe the quality of this communication has improved dramatically, resulting in much stronger stakeholder engagement.

Natalie and her team have a strong diversity of skills and therefore a broad sphere of influence. By leveraging off this, gemaker have used their networks to open communication between Alkane and a broad range of stakeholders that might otherwise have been unavailable to us.

Ian Chalmers
Managing Director, Alkane Resources Ltd

Our application was so comprehensive and well written that we didn’t receive any requests for clarification from the assessors. We’re grateful for gemaker’s guidance, and the tireless work they gave to our proposal.

Adam Johnson
Sales Engineer, Actionlaser

I would definitely recommend the course, both to researchers close to translation—with a product almost ready to go to market—and also to those still doing basic research.

Senior Research Fellow,
University of Technology, Sydney