Supporting innovation in Victorian SMEs

Digital Futures Hub is a new innovation space located at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus.

By working collaboratively with state and local governments as well as technology partners, the Hub offers digital transformation services to assist SMEs in the State of Victoria. The Hub also allows businesses to access Deakin’s research, education, business, and partnership capabilities to provide support services and technologies to drive business growth in a post-COVID world. This $6.5 million project has been supported by the Victorian Government’s Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF), Deakin University, and a range of industry partners.

Digital Futures Hub Director

Digital Futures Hub is lead by international innovation expert, Dr Gjoko Muratovski.

Dr Muratovski joins Deakin as an award-winning innovation consultant with 25 years of global experience working and collaborating with leading universities, Fortune 500 companies and government. This includes the US Federal Government, NASA, International Space Station, UNESCO, the World Health Organization, the UN Association of Australia, Ford, General Motors, BMW Group, Facebook, and Amazon.

He has also been an invited member of thought-leading organizations such as the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Yale Higher Education Leadership Summit, Oxford Digital Leaders Network, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, and the Forbes Councils.

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Enhancing Victoria’s research capabilities

Digital Futures Hub officially opened at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus in March 2022. The Hub focuses on supporting Victoria’s SME community by giving access to expertise, programs and technology, typically only available to larger organisations.

While supporting SME enterprises the Digital Futures Hub will also enhance Victoria’s capabilities by:

  • Providing SMEs free access to Deakin’s highly regarded FutureLearn, Deakin Ventures, ManuFutures, and the DeakinTalent internship programs.
  • Actively supporting the economic development of priority local government areas (LGAs) and partnering councils.
  • Developing new digital business capabilities such as an eCommerce Innovation Platform.
  • Establishing a collaboration fund to support approved partners and digital transformation projects in areas such as Health & Wellbeing.
  • Launching a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC) focused on developing and investing in new cyber security start-ups.

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Cyber Defence Centre

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The Cyber Defence Centre is focused on raising cyber security awareness and on developing and investing in new cyber security start-ups through the cyber security venture accelerator program, CyRise.

This project includes co-contributions from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF).

For further information on our other VHESIF funded projects please visit the links below.

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For all enquiries and to find out how you can partner with us, please contact.

The Deakin Digital Futures Hub
Deakin University 
Level 8, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125

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