Good Science = Great Business

international collaboration_SGA.pngFor the entire month of September, the Australian Government’s inaugural Good Science = Great Business 2018: An Australian Festival of Innovation in Singapore and ASEAN will gather top scientists, industry and business leaders to promote innovation collaboration between Australia and Singapore, and into the Southeast Asia region, the region which is the focus of the Australian Government’s Australia Now program for 2019.

While Singapore is already a key partner for Australia – being our largest trading and scientific partner in ASEAN – the Festival focusses on our science and innovation cooperation by illustrating how great science translates into the companies that drive future industries and economic growth. Fostering international science and innovation partnerships helps businesses grow and reach into global markets, including in our regional partners.

Delivered by the Australian High Commission in Singapore, in collaboration with Austrade, CSIRO and Australia’s leading universities, the Festival will stage a series of high-profile events showcasing Australian innovation and science capability. Focus sectors will include medtech and health, data, marine, and defence science. Commercialisation, the start-up ecosystem and innovation in business will be cross-cutting themes.

Festival Programme highlights include:

  • Launch of Singapore’s latest Landing Pad cohort – the Australian Government’s Landing Pads program provides market-ready start-ups and scale-ups with potential for rapid growth a cost-effective option to land and expand into major global innovations hubs around the world
  • TechInnovation booth at SWITCH Singapore Festival – CSIRO is calling out to teams across its ON network to exhibit at its booth, and use the opportunity to connect into the thriving Southeast Asian ecosystem. Register with CSIRO via liza.noonan@csiro.au to receive an expression of interest form
  • MTP Connect-Austrade Medtech Delegation – designed to connect market-ready Australian medtech start-ups and scale-ups to a broader Singapore network and capture emerging opportunities in a region of rapid growth.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports scientific and research collaborations of mutual benefit through international partnerships, key to enhancing a dynamic Australian innovation system. The Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy is focussed on improving Australia’s international innovation and science collaboration by aligning existing and new initiatives with the desired outcomes under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. Initiatives currently aligned with the objectives of the Strategy include, Global Innovation Linkages, Global Connections Fund, Regional Collaborations Programme and the Landing Pads.

A range of opportunities for international collaboration with Australia on innovation, science and research are also outlined in the Australian Government booklet: Partnering with Australia on Innovation, Science and Research.

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