Innovation grants announced in W.A.

| July 7, 2018

Six projects will share $430,000 over the next year in innovation grants provided by the West Australian state government’s $16.7 million New Industries Fund.

The program allows for government to collaborate with the private sector and leverage their expertise to support innovative job creating projects.

Over 20 bids were assessed by an independent evaluation panel comprised of industry experts. Successful bids required a 1:1 co-investment and were judged on criteria that supported WA job creation and economic diversification.

The winners were announced by the state’s Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, who underlined that “the McGowan Government is committed to delivering new initiatives in collaboration with industry to support and create WA jobs.

“The successful applicants’ bids have regional, national and global application and will create jobs and diversify the WA economy.

“I congratulate the six successful grant applicants and look forward to hearing of their achievements and developments in the coming year.”

The successful applicants included the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation for the expansion of an entrepreneurial program to include initiatives such as the Guest Entrepreneur Program.

The CY O’Connor ERADE Village Foundation Inc will use their share to fund a project to directly connect agribusinesses with experts to solve agriculture sector challenges.

Food, Fibre and Land International Group Pty Ltd will develop a project to develop a hub for hemp growing and research while Curtin University will expand a week-long innovation platform celebrating innovation, investment and entrepreneurship in WA.

KinChip Systems Pty Ltd will progress digital technology that uses an algorithm to deliver personalised support for families of children with health or developmental challenges and Spacecubed Innovation Ltd will launch a scheme to build coding capabilities for regionally based female entrepreneurs.