The objective of the GET-Up Programme is to help the local businesses in Singapore increase their R&D capabilities, develop new products/processes, transfer technology, and solve their technical problems through a technology upgrade.
Growing Enterprises through Technology Upgrade (GET-Up) Programme to boost the global competitiveness of the local technology enterprises by providing them with technical assistance. For instance, the Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-UP) scheme – one of GET-Up’s options – connects businesses with competent researchers, scientists, and engineers. Eligible companies are provided with funding to cover up to 70 per cent of the salaries of research employees for up to two years to help them kick-start their R&D capacities.
The Programme has three assistance schemes:
- Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-UP) connects researchers and engineers with local R&D enterprises, enabling them to access the pool of talent and increase their R&D capabilities;
- Operation and Technology Roadmapping (OTR) provides an overview of the required technology and prioritizing technology investment;
- Technical Advisor Scheme (TA) provides focused, in-depth support for the vital technical issues faced by a company.
Financial assistance is also provided to the selected SMEs.
Established by the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research.
60% of the companies which used the GET-Up Programme services have developed an in-house Intellectual Properties and 66% introduced innovations in their business processes. 79% of the companies launched a new product.
Growing Enterprises through Technology Upgrade (GET-Up), an A*STAR initiative, is a pro-active integrated approach aimed at boosting the global competitiveness of local technology-intensive enterprises to equip them for the knowledge-based economy.
About collaborative research and consultancy (excerpt from Nesta's ‘Idea Bank’ for Local Policymakers):
Many universities now have well-structured mechanisms for collaborative research and consultancy, which may benefit startups that need business advice or technical input. In this instance, the aim of policymakers and university officials should be to smooth and simplify the process of collaboration wherever possible, reducing the search costs and transaction costs for entrepreneurs.
The US Manufacturing Extension Partnership network is a similar example.