Eleven Victorian businesses and one university have been awarded Innovation Skills vouchers worth a total of $116,000 as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5 million Innovation Voucher Program. Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today said the vouchers are used to access courses, training or specialised skills programs to develop internal capability to help small to medium enterprises improve competitiveness and productivity.
“The Innovation Skills vouchers provide businesses with the opportunity to close skills gaps that are specifically related to innovation”.
“These 11 businesses have each identified a gap in the skills they need to innovate and establish a competitive edge. They will undertake tailored programs through specialist service providers to develop these skills internally.
“Vouchers can be used by businesses to develop or improve their capabilities in areas such as intellectual property management, commercialisation skills, technology road mapping, communications skills and idea generation,” Ms Asher said.
Companies receiving Innovation Skills vouchers worth up to $10,000 each are:
- Sixtree, Melbourne (with Treadstone Enterprises) – to develop skills in commercialisation, technology road mapping, product management, accessing and developing markets, exporting and working with public sector and government clients.
- GM Communications (trading as Skybridge (Australia) Pty Ltd), Tullamarine (with Inventium) – to attend the Inventium Leading Innovation Program.
- J B Caravans, Craigieburn (with Vative) – to analyse business processes to highlight specific areas of improvement and set a clear direction for future programs.
- Warrnambool Country Meats, Warrnambool (with BSI Services) – to undertake a 10X business coaching program to assist with integrating new innovative product developments and ensure sustainable growth.
- Ikon Communications, Melbourne (with Inventium) – to attend the Inventium Leading Innovation Program to grow their understanding of how innovation can drive success for their business.
- Cricket Australia, Melbourne (with Inventium) – to undertake an Innovation Lab workshop delivered by Inventium to identify innovation opportunities and improve change management capabilities.
- Trimec Flow Products Pty Ltd, Boronia (with Treadstone Enterprises) – to undertake four tailored workshops to develop skills in commercialisation and export market access.
- Easy Dairy Automation Systems, Shepparton (with 10X / BSI Services) – to improve entrepreneurial skills particularly in market development, production efficiencies, planning and accessing new markets and customers.
- MLC Corporation Pty Ltd, North Ringwood (with Planet Innovation) – to develop the skills required to prepare a technology roadmap for their new product.
- Flowerdale Farm, Glenburn and Fitzroy (with Treadstone Enterprises) – to undertake innovation skills training to improve internal capability in the areas of meeting customer needs and opening new export markets.
- Kiandra IT Pty Ltd, Melbourne (with Inventium) – to undertake the Inventium Leading Innovation Program.
Victorian publicly funded research organisations can also access Innovation Skills Vouchers to improve their capability and capacity to engage with industry and service industry projects. Monash University is the first research organisation to benefit from these vouchers.
- Monash University – Monash Antibody Technology Facility and Monash Wind Tunnel Facility, Melbourne (with CTQ Management Services) – is receiving two vouchers worth a total of $20,000 for training, coaching and mentoring to implement a unified Platform Quality Framework for the university’s network of technology research platforms.
Applications are available year-round and businesses can apply at any time. Businesses are encouraged to apply for funding to improve their ability to bring about greater innovation, productivity and competitiveness in Victoria.
For further information about the Innovation Voucher Program call Treadstone now on 03 9008 5937.