Defence Trailblazer

Innovation & Commercialisation for Defence

Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to take your defence innovation to market

Defence Trailblazer has developed a Defence Innovation & Commercialisation Program to assist with the identification of research and technology that can contribute to Australia’s sovereign defence capability.

The program will see defence industry leaders, university academics and commercialisation experts work together with participants to optimise pathways for commercialisation and market access.

Addressing the specific needs of people looking to successfully engage with defence market opportunities, the program will be delivered in several stages starting with an information session to explore possible approaches to commercialisation.

Defence Trailblazer Commercialisation Pathways for Defence Information Session

Are you an innovator with an eye on the defence market? Join us for our Commercialisation Pathways for Defence Information Session and discover how you can turn your research or technology into a commercial application for defence.

You’ll learn from leading experts as they unpack how to take your technology from idea to market, discover current opportunities within the defence industry and hear about upcoming programs to help you accelerate your growth through Defence Trailblazer and beyond.

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2023

Time: 12- 2pm AEDT

Cost: Free

Delivery: Online via Teams


Meet the presenters

Gain insights from academic and industry leaders as they share their expertise, experiences and deep industry knowledge.

Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, Executive Director Defence Trailblazer

David Hewish, Head of Technology, Raytheon

Francois Duvenage, Director of Commercialisation, University of Adelaide

Liz Kobold, Innovation Manager, Defence Trailblazer

Mark Ramsey, CEO, Space Machines Company

Professor Andrew Neeley, UNSW Canberra


Is this information session right for me?

If you are a researcher, Australian university student or entrepreneur with a genuine interest and passion for taking your defence idea, research or technology down a commercial pathway then this is the information session for you.

Next steps

Defence Trailblazer Commercialisation Bootcamp

The Defence Trailblazer Commercialisation Bootcamp provides a solid introduction to entrepreneurship and commercialisation channels with a specific focus on the defence market.

The Bootcamp will run across 2 days with access to experienced commercialisation professionals and defence industry experts. It will include interactive workshop activities and culminate in a value proposition pitch session with constructive feedback from experts.

The Bootcamp will be hosted by the University of Adelaide’s ThincLab team and the University of NSW’s Founders team with support from industry partners.

Applications open: 22 November 2023

Applications close: 1 March 2023, 5.30 pm AEDT

The program provides participants with the knowledge needed to maximise the benefits of the Entrepreneurial Foundations in Defence course that follows from March to May 2024.

More information about this course will be provided soon!

Discover more innovation and entrepreneurial courses at ThincLab and UNSW Founders.