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Projects with the potential to deliver safer patient care before and after surgery, and to reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of commercial aircraft, are among a raft of projects to receive grants under the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Fourteen Australian innovations are sharing in more than $7.4 million in commercialisation funding as part of the federal government programme designed to support businesses on the pathway to commercialisation.

The latest grants will assist companies in:

  • South Australia to commercialise smart solar lighting system for public places;
  • Queensland to commercialise software to help Australian farmers and graziers improve cropping production and livestock feeding;

  • New South Wales to develop an online artificial intelligence assistant for school teachers to help them in the classroom; and
  • Canberra to develop prototype technology to forecast rain and storm days ahead of time to the benefit of the transport, insurance, energy and natural resources industries.

Each government grant is matched by industry funding, allowing each recipient to take full advantage of government and industry expertise.

Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash said the Entrepreneurs Programme had a strong record of supporting innovation and delivering benefits to industry.

“Since 2014, almost 300 Accelerating Commercialisation grants have been awarded to businesses across the country, injecting almost $150 million into our economy.

“The funding has enabled small and medium businesses all over Australia to commercialise their novel products, processes and services, and to grow and create jobs as a result.”

Small and Family Business, Workplace and Deregulation Minister Craig Laundy said the Entrepreneurs’ Programme worked with businesses to ensure their future success.

“The programme has a network of independent industry advisers and facilitators that provide expert advice and assistance to businesses on their specific requirements.

“This ensures businesses get the advice and support they need to improve their competitiveness and productivity.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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