Explore ideas, develop your products and services, and engage with innovation

Explore ideas in a high opportunity environment with big results

Learn new ways of working and doing that you can take back to your company.

Help shape the next generation of industry ready graduates.

“Creating a culture of innovation in any organisation, whether business or government, should not be considered an add-on. It should be seen as a fundamental way of working and thinking.

Business Council of Australia

In working with us you get a proof of concept and a bag of tricks to take back to your business to improve your methods, models and mindset for R+D.
You get a proof of concept based on deep dive research, user testing, ideation, visualization of concepts, prototyping and a team of talent – students and researchers who become experts of the project challenge.
All contracts are a one stop shop unless you are fussy – including NDA, IP arrangements, Commercial In confidence.
Becoming an Industry Partner is straightforward and quick, contact us today to discuss how we can collaborate.

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The DF Offering

An industry partner is a business or organisation which brings a real business challenge to the Design Factory’s students and research mentors who will live and breathe the project until a proof of concept innovation is delivered.

We facilitate new product, digital and service based innovations and can recruit engagement on an international scale.

Becoming a partner is a cost effective method to gain relevant industry research and learn about the latest methods of innovation.

At the culmination of the academic year we will present you with a proof-of-concept prototype, documented research findings, and details of the innovation process.

We also facilitate “Out of the Box” Projects which can be tailored to suit a specific need or timeframe, start a conversation with us to find out how we can power projects which operate outside the universities credit point structure.

Our Process

Co-creation brings you into the process

We will work with you to define a brief for your business needs. You’ll join the team in workshopping, prototyping and idea validation. To support the projects we recruit experienced researchers from across the academic community to join the teams as research mentors. We find people with relevant and active backgrounds in your technology and market.

Global connections to leading thinking

We can draw on our international network of universities to ensure that we get the best interdisciplinary skill set for your project. We can facilitate collaborations with Stanford University USA, Aalto University, Finland, and CERN Laboratory, Switzerland, to name a few.

Invest in R&D and Future Talent

Design Factory Melbourne is a unique opportunity for your business to be creatively efficient.
A partnership includes a sponsorship which goes directly into the facilitating and improving the program and learning outcomes, this is a great way to invest in the development of industry ready talent.

Interdisciplinary collaboration

We attract top students eager to engage with industry driven challenges from business, design, engineering, and ICT to work with you on defining the best outcome. We facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to to capitalise on the different perspectives they bring. Within this environment a culture of fun innovation and meaningful collaboration underpin the successful outcomes and learning goals of students.

The details

In working with us you get a proof of concept and a bag of tricks to take back to your business to improve your methods, models and mindset for R+D.
You get a proof of concept based on deep dive research, user testing, ideation, visualization of concepts, prototyping and a team of talent – students and researchers who become experts of the project challenge.
All contracts are a one stop shop unless you are fussy – including NDA, IP arrangements, Commercial In confidence.

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