CSIRO Digital Technology and AI Course Available to SMEs


The CSIRO is offering small to medium enterprises (SMEs) access to a free ten-week online program focused on digital technologies and artificial intelligence.

CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow: Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence program connects businesses working on solutions in digital technologies and AI with knowledge, resources, and mentors to learn how to advance their project or ideas.

“Digital technologies and AI continue to reshape industries and drive economic growth,” said the CSIRO’s Dr Liming Zhu. “The rise of generative AI and large language models like ChatGPT are rapidly transforming the digital and cyber innovation landscape. Whether they’re creating knowledge-intensive products or seeking to add innovative features to interact with customers, companies can tap into new growth opportunities thanks to the increasing power of generative AI.”

Since launching in 2020, Innovate to Grow has helped more than 600 early-stage R&D companies access knowledge and tools to help progress their ideas. The program is open to SMEs working with AI, including, but not limited to, computer vision, machine learning, chatGPT/large language models, natural language processing, digital manufacturing, quantum computing, cybersecurity, robotics and autonomous systems.

Michelle Armistead, CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow Program Coordinator, said successful applicants are given access to expert facilitators and experienced researchers.

“Australian SMEs are crucial to the growth and resilience of our economy, particularly in emerging industries like digital tech and artificial intelligence,” she said. “Past participants have found immense value in working through the self-paced deliverables and connecting with our expert advisors, helping them to make informed decisions about advancing their R&D plans.”