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kin8® Market Discovery Course

Real-world learning experience for researchers over 12 weeks

About this course

Combining on-line learning, and action weeks where participants are set up and supported to apply learning in the real world, this unique approach to impact training guides researchers through a real-time translation process. 


With live access to kin8’s highly experienced facilitators, the exclusive kin8 network and kin8’s global partners, researchers gain important skills to develop their careers, and can make real progress in progressing the translation of their project.

What you will learn

  • How to gain alignment with internal stakeholders on impact objectives.

  • How to clarify the IP position and considerations of your research innovations.

  • How to identify market opportunities for your research innovations. 

  • How to connect and engage with potential translation and industry partners/collaborators.

  • How to test your research innovation ideas with customers/partners. 

  • How to position opportunities to secure funding.

Why participate

Never has it been more important for researchers to increase their translation skills and capability. Given the current COVID emergency, funding is more scarce and research places will become more competitive. Institutions will highly value researchers with the skills and knowledge of how to secure funding and partners, and to realise impact.


Translation to impact is a complicated journey that requires researchers to engage a range of stakeholders, see and make connections to identify value, and act on these connections to secure funding to bring new innovations to the world. kin8’s Translation to Impact course provides a proven systematic approach to manage this process and an access point to potential partners that can increase the speed and success of your impact translation. 


12 weeks


3 - 5 hours per week


$2,800 + GST per person. 

Capped at 20 places.


The course is delivered 100% virtually, and combines learning videos, live sessions, practical resources, real-world activities, mentoring, and facilitator support to guide you through a real-time translation process. 

Program Overview

Week 0: Live welcome and introduction 

Week 1: Getting alignment: objective setting and intellectual property

Week 2: Divergent exploration: What problem could your research solve? 

Week 3: How to engage potential partners, customers, collaborators, investors.

Week 4 - 6: Engaging potential partners, customers, collaborators (practical)

Week 7: Reflection week and mid-program review

Week 8: Structuring your research innovation for testing.

Week 9: How to run experiments

Week 10 - 11: Run experiments (practical)

Week 12: Reflection week and program conclusion

Program Facilitators

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Matthew Frith​



Matt has significant experience working with Universities and researchers to commercialise new innovation. Matt led the establishment and delivery of RMIT Activator's startup programs and the evolution of Activator's strategy and operating model. Further, Matt led kin8's multi-year engagement with The University of Queensland supporting the translation of their BeUpstanidng program of research. Matt excels at bringing clarity from complexity to help teams successfully deliver innovative social and commercial outcomes. More on Matt here.

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Damien Thomas


Damien Thomas is an industry leader in strategy and commercialisation. He has strong connections in the private, government and university sectors across Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. He has led teams in collaborating with industry through uptake of innovation and technology. More on Damien here.

Program Partners

Our open innovation partners provide an access point and visibility to explore global markets and opportunities as part of the Translation to Impact program. Facilitators will connect relevant participants as appropriate. 


Asia Open Innovation Partner: IPI Singapore

Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) was established under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. IPI focuses on industry needs and translates their innovation objectives into specific technology requirements to enable enterprises to develop new processes, products and services.

Europe Open Innovation Partner: Innoget

Innoget is the Open Innovation and Science Network for technology, knowledge and capabilities transfer. Innoget facilitates collaboration between innovation seekers and innovation suppliers such as large enterprises

The kin8 Network

The kin8 network is a community of industry based executives and entrepreneurs that collaborate on kin8 projects. 


Our kin8 network members provide researchers an industry connection point to explore markets and partnership opportunities as part of the Translation to Impact program. Facilitators will connect relevant participants as appropriate. 


Members of the kin8 network also feature as mentors and guest facilitators. Meet the Network here.

Apply Today

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for our Feb 2021 intake. 

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