University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong is extending the Illawarra innovation ecosystem to small to medium enterprises (SMEs), focusing on the regionally significant sectors of advanced manufacturing, knowledge intensive industries in ICT, shared and financial services, engineering technologies and defence.
Under the Program, the University is:
- providing a one-stop service for regional SMEs to access resources at the university including students and researchers across many different disciplines, labs services such as the Australian National Fabrication Facility Materials Node and the innovation centre at iAccelerate
- providing a program of industry events, workshops, development, training sessions with TAFE Illawarra, contract research and consulting services for SMEs in the target industry sectors
- allowing SMEs to engage with the University to develop new technologies, innovative products and services, improve business capabilities and engage in regional industry collaboration
- providing opportunities to develop new collaborations and business opportunities by engaging with regional stakeholders in local industry and all levels of government
The university is supporting SMEs to understand and participate in existing local, national and international collaboration engagements and work to develop new opportunities for access to global supply chains (the Advantage SME project).
NSW TechVouchers is a program adopted by the University of Wollongong, where businesses can partner with the university to access research, expertise, facilities and equipment.