Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)

Unlocking growth for SMEs through university collaboration

Engaging with university research can be a game-changer for SMEs looking to scale and innovate. Universities offer a wealth of research knowledge, talent, and network connections that can fuel business growth. Whether it’s developing new products, exploring international markets, or addressing specific business challenges, universities provide a unique blend of academic insight and practical expertise. By tapping into this resource, SMEs can gain a competitive edge, access cutting-edge technologies, and accelerate their path to success.

At Tech Lab, we recognise the unique R&D challenges that SMEs encounter compared to larger organisations. Understanding that SMEs often require quick project turnarounds and immediate ROI, we’ve tailored our approach to meet these specific needs. Our customised solutions are designed to bridge the gap between SMEs and university research, making it easier and more efficient for SMEs to collaborate with us.

Fast-track innovation with UTS Tech Lab

We specialise in delivering fast and effective R&D solutions that align with the pace and priorities of SMEs. Our streamlined processes and agile methodologies enable us to accelerate project timelines without compromising on quality or innovation. Whether it’s a short-term project or a long-term collaboration, we’re committed to delivering prompt results that drive tangible business outcomes for SMEs.

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Industry projects

Short R&D projects

Collaborate on shorter projects focussed on delivering value for your company. Projects can be developmental or commercially focussed, and scheduled over a period of weeks or months.

Leveraging investment for R&D projects

Many opportunities exist for leveraging investment in R&D, including numerous government schemes designed to support SME growth. Tech Lab will help you to prepare and submit funding applications.

Co-locate at Tech Lab

Partners are encouraged to join us at Tech Lab to optimise the opportunities for collaboration. We have space set aside with hot-desk and internet facilities to enable your staff to work out of Tech Lab whenever it’s convenient, whether that be for a day or a month.

Product testing

Hire our laboratories on a daily basis. We can provide research staff to perform testing on your behalf, or you can run your own tests with the support of our technical staff. Testing will be carried out to relevant standards, where appropriate, and some labs will apply for NATA accreditation.