- Small and medium enterprises share in almost $400,000 in innovation grants
- Grants provided to 22 recipients who will receive up to $20,000 each
- Innovation is a key component of the Government's plan to grow the jobs of the future
A total of 22 Western Australian small and medium businesses are a step closer to success after being granted up to $20,000 each to commercialise their innovations.
The innovation grants contribute to the Western Australian economy by increasing investment in research and development, encouraging local job creation and creating markets for WA products and services.
Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly today met with grant recipients to congratulate them on their achievement and to learn more about how they would benefit from the grants.
Grant recipients included IMR Technologies Pty Ltd for its automated vehicle crash alert device, SensaLink, which sends a distress signal to emergency services in the event of an accident, and MALDIID Pty Ltd for its root nodule bacteria identification service for farmers and institutes to improve their legume performance.
A record 179 applications were received for the grants, and recipients were selected following a competitive assessment process.
Grants were awarded to metropolitan and regional innovators from a range of sectors, including agriculture, renewables, manufacturing, education and life sciences.
For more information, visit http://www.innovation.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting investment in new and emerging start-ups to drive the economy and create local and regional jobs.
"Assisting small and medium businesses in their early stages of development will enhance their chances of commercial success by attracting further investment and in finding markets for their products and services.
"The grants support industry-research collaborations, which are critical in advancing innovative ideas and potentially creating new industries in the State."
Minister's office - 6552 6100