Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Start-ups benefit from innovation grants

    14/12/2016 12:00 AM
    • $91,000 in grants to help develop new products and services that use location information and technology
    • Program run by WA's location and innovation hub SPUR, powered by Landgate 

    Lands Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful recipients of the first round of grants offered by Western Australia's location and innovation hub SPUR, powered by Landgate.


    A diverse group of nine WA-based start-up companies will use the SPURonWA grants to help develop new products and services that use location information or technology.


    Mr Redman said SPUR was launched in April this year to help technology-based WA businesses and research organisations develop new innovations using government location and property information.


    "SPUR has been working with start-up companies using location data to cut red tape and improve services for the community," he said.


    "SPUR offers these companies developer licenses that enable them to explore government location data including information relating to property, roads, imagery and geography.


    "Now start-ups can access SPURonWA grants to pay for activities like intellectual property protection, product development or commercialisation services."


    The Minister said the applications received during the first funding round were of a high calibre and covered a wide range of industries including real estate, agriculture, transport and finance.


    "These grants support emerging WA-based location technology businesses by helping to create industry partnerships and investment opportunities," he said.


    "Innovation is key to the State's economic success and SPUR is helping to accelerate the development of new technology-based enterprises and industries in Western Australia."


    Fact File

    • The SPURonWA grants were awarded through an open, competitive application process
    • Companies must be WA based to qualify for SPUR funding
    • For more information or to view the successful recipients, visit https://spur.wa.gov.au 

    Minister's office - 6552 6700


    CompanyGrant AmountProduct/service description
    BuildingApprovals.com$10,000The solution automates and simplifies the building approval process.  Its online system allows designers and architects to carry out real-time planning checks, streamlining the building approval process.
    Instatruck$15,000An innovative truck matching service, using location technology that instantly connects customers with the closest available driver from a network of registered owner-operators. 
    Landguide$10,000A brand new perspective on choosing where you want to live.  Landguide analyses property and location information to empower purchasers in their decision to understand the true value of community, liveability and sustainability when looking for a place to call home.
    PropertySMS$10,000An innovative application improving the connection between real estate agents and their clients, automating property sales information to the client via SMS.
    Community Insight Australia$10,000Improving social outcomes for disadvantaged West Australians, via an innovative online mapping tool that visualises available public data.  Providing access to more meaningful information will focus funding to the greatest areas of need.
    MoneyCatcha P/L$10,000Utilising block chain technology with location and property information, this innovative solution aims to deliver significant efficiencies in the loan approval process.
    Clark Data Solutions P/L$10,000Through the power of location information, Pipeline Monitor aims to develop a machine learning model that can detect potential water leaks.  This will improve maintenance scheduling and reducing leaks, saving valuable water for Western Australia.
    Global Smart Cities P/L$10,000Global Smart Cities has developed a range of digital street furniture that can reduce the cost of waste and asset management, through a combination of location information and leading edge sensing technology.
    Western Aerial Mapping $6,000An innovative drone software solution for the agricultural industry, which converts drone data into usable and actionable results.  This aims to minimise herbicide use and maximise effective fertiliser application while increasing the ecological sustainability of farming.