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Meet the Aussie firms sharing $3.7m in federal grants

30 July 2019 2 minute readShare
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The federal government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme has awarded $3.7 million in grant funding to 10 Australian businesses to help them get their innovative products onto the global market.

In a statement on its business.gov.au site earlier this month, the government revealed the latest grant recipients are among 400 Australian businesses to have received funding under the Accelerating Commercialisation initiative, part of the Enterpreneurs’ Programme.

They include a platform for analysing court records for credit providers, an electricity management service provider, a real-time messaging platform for health professionals, and systems aimed at reducing the stress on livestock during transportation.

The full list of grant recipients are:

  • Alares Systems in South Brisbane, Queensland, to commercialise their platform that captures and interprets court records for credit providers. The technology will help credit providers better manage their credit risk.
  • AMS International Technologies in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, to commercialise their energy management products and services for the electricity consumer. The products help consumers, electricity retailers and distributors better manage the use of electricity.
  • Chromoxyion in Karana Downs, Queensland, to commercialise their product nationally and internationally to the livestock industry. Their process increases the number of females born on pig and dairy farms, increasing profits and improving animal welfare.
  • Direct Injection Systems in Toowoomba City, Queensland, to commercialise their products which reduce livestock stress and weight loss during transportation. They have developed a supplement called uCalm Export plus a water injection unit called the Nutripro.
  • Environmental Water Solutions in Osborne Park, WA, to commercialise a world-first chemical filtration system which protects people from contaminated water.
  • Flex-G in Canberra, ACT, to commercialise their high-performance coolant which is specifically developed for the motorsport and electric vehicle market. The coolant will allow for improved battery life, faster charging and cold weather performance.
  • Forwrd in Holland Park West, Queensland, to commercialise their product, Apello. The real-time messaging platform allows health professionals to securely and directly collaborate through messaging, referrals and handovers.
  • Spark Breweries and Distilleries Kew, Victoria, to commercialise their patented and compact brewing machine for retail venues and craft brewers. The machine allows pubs, hotels and craft brewers to brew and sell their product on the same site.
  • Ubaryon in Lismore, NSW, to commercialise their metal separation technology. The technology improves safety and reduces environmental impact in the energy industry.
  • Vantari in West Pennant Hills, NSW, to develop their virtual cadaver technology to deploy and test with their strategic partners and customers. The virtual reality software will improve training delivery for doctors and improve patient outcomes.

Meanwhile, the government announced on Friday (26 July) that a further 15 SMEs were awarded more than $1.4 million by the separate Business Research and Innovation Initiative to tackle public sector challenges.

The government looked at five core problems and some of the unique challenges associated with them:

  • Identity verification for victims of domestic violence
  • Using data to streamline service delivery
  • Boosting digital transformation capabilities
  • Controlling the spread of pests and contaminants on shipping containers
  • Automation relating to government information

Those grant recipients are below:

Challenge 1: Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing domestic violence.

  • Avatas Consulting – Val-ID biometric identification service
  • Factil – Digital identity verification

Challenge 2: Intelligent data to transform service delivery

  • Geografia – Tourism revenue impact predictor
  • Metrix Consulting – Australian tourism knowledge bank
  • NEM Australasia – Project jigsaw
  • Wejugo – Data-driven travel and tourism marketing and insights platform

Challenge 3: Uplifting government capability to create digital transformation

  • Next Paradigm – Digital capability hub

Challenge 4: Managing the risks of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping containers

  • Industry Spec Drones – Integrated CS-UAV, hyperspectral imaging and gas detection to detect biosecurity threats
  • iugotec – AI-driven biosecurity threat sensing system
  • Silverpond – Using autonomous systems to improve current biosecurity inspections
  • Trellis Data – Biosecurity automated threat detection system

Challenge 5: Automating complex determinations for Australian government information

  • Automated Reasoning Alliance – Automated creation and application of digital record authorities
  • Lenticular – A context-sensitive learning and classification system
  • Surround Australia – Tabula Servanda
  • PWC Indigenous Consulting – Algorithmic record management platform with a self-compliance wizard

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Meet the Aussie firms sharing $3.7m in federal grants
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Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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