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.
eCommerce Accelerator Program
Digital Futures Hub and award-winning eCommerce SEO agency Megantic, have launched a partnership to help Victorian online businesses turbocharge web traffic and online sales.
The Deakin-Megantic eCommerce Accelerator Program is a joint initiative designed to enhance the national and international market competitiveness of medium-size online retail business through improved e-commerce platforms.
Participating companies can qualify for up to $50,000 in vouchers to support their participation in the program and lower co-contribution required.
The program will be tailored for each company across key areas such as technical support and implementation, cyber security awareness, competitor analysis, eCommerce strategy, digital marketing and more.
Professional Development Courses
Free online courses to develop business skills.
Digital Futures Hub Director
Digital Futures Hub is lead by international innovation expert and professor, Dr Gjoko Muratovski.
Dr Gjoko Muratovski is Director of Deakin’s government funded program, Digital Futures Hub. Prior to this, he has been an invited member of thought-leading organisations 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.
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.
Digital Futures Hub - Virtual Walkthrough
Press and Media Releases
Covid-hit businesses gain access to $6.5m digital innovation hub
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.
For all enquiries and to find out how you can partner with us, please contact:
The Deakin Digital Futures Hub