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Develop a new product or service

Take your business idea to market

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  • The commercialisation process
  • Step-by-step: from idea to market

Are you ready to take your new idea to the marketplace? Small Business Victoria's Commercialising Your New Idea workshop will help you assess the feasibility of your idea, determine its business potential and help you develop a clear commercialisation strategy to help you get to market.

What is commercialisation?

Commercialisation is the process of introducing a new product or service into the market. It means making a concept or idea into a real business opportunity.

For example, a person has a new business idea for a new tool to help tradies. To go through the commercialisation process they need to undergo a process of market research and consultation, development, prototyping, drawing up business, marketing and distribution plans, and protecting their intellectual property before it becomes commercially available for sale in the mass market.

Steps to take your product or service idea to market

1. Describe your product or service

Write a clear and concise description of your product or service. This should be easily understood by a person unfamiliar with the concept and demonstrates the features and benefits of your product or service.

2.  Protect your intellectual property (IP)

Protect your business ideas before you talk to others about it. Find out which method of IP protection is the most suitable, and apply for it.

Ensure that third parties who are discussing your product or idea with you will not divulge confidential information. Use INNOVIC's Confidentiality Agreement template (or a Non-Disclosure Agreement - NDA) to write up your own Agreement.

3.  Know your market

Research your market to identify the market, customers and competitors that your product or idea will face. Use a marketing plan to draw up your strategy to identify and reach your customers.Marketing plan template (DOCX 140.2 KB)DOCX icon

4.  Assess your skills

Attend an innovation and commercialisation course to assess your skills to see if you have the know-how to bring your product or idea to market.

5. Identify your commercialisation pathway

Speak to an INNOVIC commercialisation expert to decide the best way to bring your new product or idea to market. Your choice of either joint venture, manufacturing, assignment or licensing can affect your future strategy.

For example, if you're thinking of using overseas manufacturers to produce your product, a commercialisation expert will advise you on key issues such as quality control, freight and distribution.

6. Design and complete a working prototype

Write a design brief to outline the objectives of your project and what is required to achieve these objectives.

Design brief template (DOCX 35.79 KB)DOCX icon

Read our Checklist: finding and choosing suppliers page if you need help in researching, designing and building a working prototype using suppliers that suit you. Test the prototype to address any outstanding issues before introducing it to potential investors/customers.

7. Write a business plan with a commercialisation strategy

Write a structured business plan providing details on key areas such as market research, a pricing and distribution strategy, financial projections, and a market entry strategy.

Guide to writing a business plan (DOC 144.5 KB)DOC icon

Your plan should also cover your distribution model and potential distributors. It should cover questions such as:

  • how much in commissions will the distributors expect to be making?
  • what minimum or maximum amounts of stock are acceptable?
  • which wholesalers and retailers are they distributing to?
  • can they provide testimonials from current clients?
  • how will unsold or undistributed stock be dealt with?
  • are they willing to negotiate a written distribution agreement?

8. Explore funding options

Depending on the nature of your product or concept, key funding options that you can consider include: