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$228,000 in grant to Canberran innovators

Barcham 20 May 2013

As a part of the Innovation Connect grant program five Canberran business have been awarded over $228,000 this year in order to encourage innovation.

In a highly competitive round, the successful applicants are:

— ScienceAlert Pty Ltd – For the creation of a specialised online network of science-related videos.

— Qhopper™ Pty Ltd – A start-up venture that envisages a world without queues and which has developed an integrated process between consumer smartphones and physical points of service – with intelligent real-time virtual queuing to facilitate the ideal customer flow to ensure that physical queues don’t form.

— EasySWMS Pty Ltd – Is developing an easy to use mobile computing application that enables front-line construction workers and staff to compile Safe Work Method Statements at the work face.

— Aerovort – The Micro Chinook Unmanned Ground and Air Vehicle with both a fly and drive capability. It has plane-like endurance with helicopter Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) and 4WD ground performance.

— Beta Therapeutics Pty Ltd – founded out of the Australian National University, is developing drugs based on a discovery made by researchers at the John Curtin School of Medical Research that may lead to a significant advance in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

Innovation Connect, the ACT Government’s flagship innovation program, provides matched-funding grants of up to $50,000 to assist early-stage ACT businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of products and services through to commercialisation.

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